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Hi I'm Blair

I'm a Mormon.I am a father of 4. I am a CPA/Controller of a luxury Florida resort. I am a third generation Floridian.

About Me

My wife and I have been married 24 yars and have 4 children. We met in High School but did not start dating until I went to college. I joined the church when I was a Senior in High School. After my freshman year in college, I went on a two year mission for the Church teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Northern California in Redding, Chico, Rancho Cordova, Roseville and Sacramento. I married my wife who waited for me to complete my misison. None of my siblings or parents ever joined the church. My oldest child, a daughter, is currently expecting our first grandchild. My oldest son is currently serving a mission to the Navajo mission in New Mexico. I have two sons at home. One in High School and one in Middle School. I went to the University of Florida (Go Gators) to get a degree in Accounting, I also attended the University of North Florida where I got an MBA and passed the CPA exam. I worked for Enterprise Rent a Car and now am VP of Finance for a luxury resort in Florida. I am involved in my community serving on several boards including the Boy Scouts of America. I am active politically, supporting candidates that share my values. I like the outdoors. I love to fish, hunt and shoot sporting clays. I love Gator football being a second generation alum.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was in High School, a girl friend introduced me to the Church. While I liked her values and her home environment I had no interest in joining her Church. I had never heard much about the Church and what I had heard, was strange. At the time I was an Episcopal. I enjoyed church and always felt a need to go but never quite felt "fed". There was never a burning faith there. Regardless I was not looking to change. That all changed when my friend challenged me to read the Book of Mormon. She gave me a copy which I smuggled home and kept under my mattress. Finally I took it out to read it. As instructed I said a prayer beforehand asking God to let me know if it was true. Since I had never had an answer to a prayer, I felt no risk in asking this of God. Most of my prayers before this had to do with getting a hit in baseball or letting my team win in different sporting events. God never seemed to be there since my hitting and teams were not very good. But this time, things were different. After only a few chapters, I had the most unique feelings come over that confirmed what I was reading was true. I knew it was true and I could not deny it. The only problem was that I was not looking to join this church or any other church besides the one I went with my parents. Soon after, I began to meet with the missionaries (guys not much older than me with the funny title of Elder who wore white shirts and rode bicycles around town). They taught me the doctrine of the Church, and as they did the Spirit that I had felt returned often. I went to my parents and asked to join the Church. They were not pleased and refused. They wanted me to investigate other churches before I made this committment. While I initially said I would, later I asked myself what was the point. I knew it was true and I could not turn away. Finally 18 months later, right before I turned 18, they allowed me to be baptized. This has been the cornerstone event in my life. All my blessings have come from this.

How I live my faith

Since joining the church I have served in various leadership capacities. I have been President of our mens group twice and have served several times with the Young Men of the church preparing them for adulthood. I enjoy this the most since it allows me to participate in Young men activities as an adult. It is taxing but rewarding. I have taught our Adult Gospel Doctrine class and enjoy it as well. As an extension of my faith I have served in various capacitites in my community culminating as Chair of the Jacksonville Speech and Hearing center which caters to the underprivelged in my hometown.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Blair
When I was learning about the Church no Doctrine hit me harder that the ability to have my wife and children with me throughout eternity. It had always seemed to me that "until death do us part" seemed cruel. How could a loving God set up marriage on earth and encourge and endorse the close personal relationship of marriage only to disolve it in the eternities. To me being seperated from my family in heaven would be hell. When I heard that I could be sealed to my family for all time and all eternity, the Spirit confirmed it was true and I knew all the pieces had fallen together. Show more Show less