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Hi I'm Blake

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Blake. My vital numbers include: 1. I continue to be very happily married after 29 years. 2. My wife and I are parents of 10 children. 3. I consider myself very well educated, with university degrees including B.A., M.P.A., and Juris Doctorate. I read constantly, and have an extensive personal library. I have traveled both domestically and internationally, and continue to have a desire to be constantly learning. I have studied the history and doctrine of the Church for the past 40+ years, and continue to be very impressed with what I learn.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that God has given us powers of logic and reason, and that through them we can be attracted to truth. The teachings of the restored Church are immediately impressive to me, because they are so vast and provide logical answers to my many questions of life. Like all of the religions which have passed the test of time, the teachings of this church affect the motives of nearly every aspect of my life. It is not merely a social experience reserved for once a week. It is a complete path that guides me joyfully through this life, and continually prepares me for the next life. I have found that the teachings of the Church align with ancient scripture, and that there is a truth that simply resonates within my whole being as I find answers to my many questions. I have prayed and received answers from God. I have a certainty in my life based on that ongoing communication. "Truth cleaveth unto truth," and I appreciate having found a church that teaches with consistency and conviction. The Savior said it best, when He invited us to "Come and see!" John 1:39

How I live my faith

In a typical week (if there is such a thing), I am involved in service to others through my Church callings 20 or more hours each week. I have served in many interesting and enjoyable callings, including teaching, missionary callings, and as a bishop. I have had many unique opportunities to serve in my community and in the area where I live. I helped assemble and direct the labors of 5 or 6 expeditions of men from my ward to assist in relief efforts following hurricane Katrina. We also assisted following hurricanes Dennis, Ivan, and numerous tornadoes in our immediate area and along the Gulf Coast. I feel that these experiences have allowed me to teach my family true Christian values not only by what I say, but more importantly, by what I do. Most recently, we had opportunity to serve and help others when a massive tornado hit our own town of Tuscaloosa.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

As members of the Church, we believe that the principle of tithing we see taught in the Old and New Testaments, is still a commandment that the Lord has for us today. I obey the law of tithing, because I desire to be obedient to all of God's commandments. I have found, however, that as with all of His commandments, when I demonstrate faith by my obedience, great blessings come into my life. I can honestly say that by paying tithing consistently, I have learned to control my personal finances, rather than have them control me. I have learned to live within my income, and to financially prioritize the needs in my life. I have learned to better judge between needs and wants. I usually laugh a little at this question when I am asked about it, because the truth is, tithing is just the beginning of the opportunities to share and be less selfish that the gospel has brought into my life! Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

We have 12 Apostles today in the Church, because they are part of the very foundation of the Savior's Church. "And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers..." 1 Cor. 12: 28 see also, Ephesians 2:20 Jesus Christ is perfect. His church organization is perfect as well. His teachings regarding the purpose and intended duration of the Apostles in found in Ephesians 4:11-14: "And he gave some, apostles and some, prophets and some, evangelists and some, pastors and teachers For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive..." The very first official "act" of the ancient Church following the ascension of the Lord, was to select a replacement for the vacancy in the 12 Apostles. It is evident that there was to be a continuation of 12 Apostles, and that the Apostles knew this. Altering the Church's perfect organization, that the Savior personally established, would by definition result in imperfection. Show more Show less