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Hi I'm Blaine

I am a Mormon from Utah. I worked for almost 40 years in the legal profession, and am now retired. I have a wonderful family.

About Me

I was born into a Mormon family in Utah. While I was a child, my family moved to several other states and even another country, and I became friends with many people of all kinds of backgrounds. We later returned to Utah and I have lived there ever since. My religious faith has always been a great blessing to me. I have also been blessed with a wonderful family. As a Mormon, I have learned that it is possible for me to return to Heaven someday with my family, and to live together with them in the presence of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. That is my greatest goal in life, and it motivates all my actions. I supported my wife and children by means of a career in the legal profession. I am now retired. I love people and love learning from them and serving them. I enjoy learning all kinds of things, and reading is one of my favorite pastimes. I enjoy music, the beauties of nature, and the study of history. I love spending time with my family, and have a soft spot in my heart for my grandchildren!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in a Mormon family. From my earliest childhood my parents taught me the Gospel of Jesus Christ as it has been revealed in its fullness to our Church. I have always believed what they taught me. For this reason, I have not had occasion to search for a religious faith or church to join. I still needed, however, to gain a spiritual conviction of my own of the truthfulness of what I had been taught as a child, and to become personally converted to the Church and its teachings. While still in my youth, I earnestly prayed for that blessing. My prayers were answered, and I learned that there is a way to learn truth other than through our five physical senses (sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch)—and that is through our spiritual sense. As the Apostle Paul taught long ago, some things can only be spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14). As a result of sacred spiritual experiences with which God has blessed me, I have received a strong testimony that the Gospel is true, and that it is found in its fullness in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the “Mormons”). I have come to know that I am a child of God, that he loves me, and that he desires to have me and my family return to Heaven someday, to live with him and his son, Jesus Christ. This testimony is the foundation of all of my thoughts and actions.

How I live my faith

There are three main ways that I live my Mormon faith. First, I do my very best to lead a righteous life and keep God’s commandments. Being human, I have made and continue to make many mistakes. But I am grateful that God has made it possible for all of us to repent of our sins and be forgiven. Sometimes that process is called the miracle of forgiveness. It is one of God’s greatest gifts to us all. Second, I strive continually to teach and encourage my family to live the kind of righteous and faithful lives that will qualify us to return together someday to our heavenly home and live with our Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. I have a testimony that it is possible for all of God’s children to receive that great blessing if they will obey his commandments and live righteously. Finally, being a Mormon means giving service—to other people, and to the Church. I have had many opportunities to serve. They have included teaching the Gospel to children, youth and adults in Sunday School and other classes, organizing and participating in activities for both young and old, serving as a Boy Scout leader, doing missionary work, being a leader in various Church organizations, and many other things. I have found that some of my greatest joys in life have come through service to others.