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Hi I'm Blake Hirschi

I grew up in Washington State. I do cancer research at a laboratory. I love learning and I love the gospel.

About Me

I'm currently attending college studying microbiology. I love learning and I love school. I'm involved in several projects at the laboratory I work at including breast cancer research. I love discovering new things and I hope to one day be involved in my own medical research. I love to play sports. I have played soccer for most of my life but I enjoy really anything that's going to get my heat pumping. I am an outdoor enthusiast. I love to backpack and have climbed quite a few major peaks in Washington and Oregon including Mt. Adams, the Matterhorn, Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens. I love extreme sports such as sky diving, cliff jumping, repelling and rock climbing. I have always found interest in the beauty of nature and God's creations.

Why I am a Mormon

This is not an easy religion to be a part of, but since when has anything worth doing been easy? In fact, it makes more sense to me that God would expect me to work and try rather than him just accepting apathy as enough. The main reason why I was converted to the church is that there are always answers. My scientific background and logical personality make it very difficult for me to accept "just because" as an answer. I need to know why, the reasoning, behind the things that are asked of me, and I've never met a doubt about this church that hasn't been promptly responded to with a rational answer. Even if there aren't readily available answers that can be read in a statement made by the church, there is a process outlined for us that can allow us to get our own personal answers to questions that we have. I don't want to be a part of a church that doesn't make sense, or doesn't connect in any way. There's an answer for everything and usually it's a beautifully simple one that brings nothing but peace to my heart.

How I live my faith

I love this church because of the responsibility and trust it puts in its members. The expectation is that we contribute and put forth an effort to pull our own weight. All things that go on through the church are possible because of member participation and volunteering. My first major calling I've ever held in this church was when I was called as my ward choir director during my sophomore year of high school. It was terrifying and nerve racking to be suddenly in charge of all these adults who actually know what they're doing. I held that calling for three years and loved every minute of it. Since that calling I have had the opportunity to serve in many other disciplines at church including ward pianist, primary teacher, and ward missionary. Every opportunity I've had to serve has taught me something new that I needed to learn and hopefully I was able to make a small difference in someone else's life as well.