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Hi I'm Blake

I love to teach, sing, and play tennis. I'm studying Spanish and Business. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Texas, and am currently going to school in Utah. I hope to teach for a few years after I graduate, and then go to on to get a graduate degree in Business. Music has always played a huge role in my life. I sang in choirs throughout high school and now sing with my University choir. I've always really liked school because I love learning, and I find a lot of joy and satisfaction in helping others to learn, as well. I speak English, Spanish and I'm currently trying to pick up French. In my free time, I like to play sports, especially tennis and basketball. If I were to pick two things that meant the most to me in my life, they would definitely be my family and my faith, both of which inspire me and define who I am.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know that the Church and the doctrine that it teaches is true. If I didn't know that, I really don't think that I would be where I am today. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that the Book of Mormon is in fact another testament of Christ. Some people struggle to understand why Mormons can say with so much confidence that they "know". But it's true... I really do know! The easiest way that I can explain it is through an analogy that is actually found within the pages of the Book of Mormon itself (in Alma 32). Coming to know the truth is like planting a seed. Why do people plant seeds? They do it because they expect the seed to sprout and eventually to produce fruit of its own. At first, they exercise faith: they can't know of a surety yet that the seed will grow into a plant because they haven't tested it yet, although they must have some level of confidence because otherwise, they wouldn't go through the effort to plant it and to care for it. Once the plant begins to grow, they are no longer relying on faith because they see the evidence of their efforts: the seed has taken root and grown into a plant! If it weren't true, or if it weren't a real seed, nothing would happen. Nobody that plants rocks has a similar experience. If these people continue to care for the plant, it will someday produce fruit for them. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is in this way like a seed. Anybody can know that it is true if they will just plant it in their lives, living after the principles that it teaches. If you really give it a try, you will soon notice blessings that come into your life and you will feel closer to God than ever before. Before long, you'll know that you've planted a good "seed". This has been my experience. I know that the Gospel as taught in my Church is true because I live it and I've seen how it's changed my life. Planting seeds can take a lot of work, but the fruit that comes from planting a Gospel seed is worth it! Give it a try!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to become more and more like Jesus Christ each day. Don't get me wrong: I'm in no way perfect or even close; I have challenges and weaknesses just like everyone else. But I try to apply the principles of His Gospel into my life just a little bit more each day and find great joy in doing so. I'm happy when I follow Jesus Christ! A year ago, I got back from a two year church mission in Santiago, Chile. Now I continue to participate by attending church services each Sunday and by offering service to others at any opportunity that I get. I love teaching the Gospel and actually taught a Sunday School class for a few months at my local congregation. For me, my faith is much more than a passive belief in Christ: it's a way of life! The Gospel produces the greatest blessings and the most positive changes when it's fully incorporated into your life. I'm trying to live it more and more each day!