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Hi I'm Jake White

I'm a brother, a reader, I love dogs and dancing, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 21 years old. I want to be a very well rounded person. I've never been able to tie myself down to one art or sport that people use to define me, rather I want my definition to be a novel. I love labrador retrievers. Subway sandwiches are God's mana for mankind. Snowboarding is my peace and wrestling is my war. I hope to learn painting and the art of argentine cusine. I always look for true happiness and have learned that 'worldly pleasure' never comes close to the real thing. I love to laugh, I love to sing, I love to talk, I hate to disagree but I love to debate. I hope to achieve my many goals in life and I trust that my faith in Jesus Christ will guide me to success.

Why I am a Mormon

I always tell people that growing up in a church doesn't mean you aren't a convert. Everyone needs to convert to something in order to stick to it. I converted to this church when I was about sixteen years old. I dated a girl that was part of another church. I fell in love but knew that there was going to be an end to our relationship because of our difference of faith unless I chose her over the church I grew up in. To make a long story short, I chose to get to know my Father in Heaven. My experience started me on my path to finding my faith. I developed a relationship with Him and His Son Jesus Christ. I began to feel the Holy Spirit testify of their existence, of my divine role as a child of God, and of the power of repentance through Jesus the Christ. There then came a new question that I needed answered, which church was the right church, which was God's church? The Book of Mormon is the only thing that truly separates the LDS church from any other. I knew I needed to know if it was true or not, because it was either completely true, or a completely false. I read it, I prayed about it, and I pondered it. I received my answer little by little, day by day, but I wanted to know and I found that the gospel of Jesus Christ, what that book actually testifies and talks of, is what brought me my joy. I have lived as a member of the church and as a nonmember. I have truly felt true happiness. It is only found in the gospel of Christ. I know that the Holy Spirit testified of the true and divine authenticity of the Book of Mormon to me, just some kid from D.C., who just needed to know. I know that God lives, and that this church is the exact same church the Jesus Christ set up when He was on the earth, and I know that anyone can find the truth if the desire, as I did, to find it.

How I live my faith

I am a proud and active member of my church. I go to our worship services ever Sunday and do all I can to participate in activities during the week. I am currently serving a full time mission in Neuquén, Argentina for two years of my life. The most important thing to know about how I live my faith is that it is directed completely toward my relationship with God and Jesus Christ. Not many people understand the purpose of church. I go to church because I need to keep my faith, and I need to grow closer to Christ and become like Him, to take up my cross and follow Him, Mark 8:34. When I picture my life, who I am, who I was, and who I want to become, I form in my head a picture perfect "Jake". Now, This Jake is perfect in the way he talks to others, the things he thinks and feels, what he does and doesn't do, and also he's incredible at sports. Then I tell myself, "You will never be him, and you can't because you are a man, and you mess up too much." It's true, I won't be that perfect Jake, I can never get there by myself, but through Jesus Christ I can be made perfect, I can be perfect in the way I talk, think, and do, not sure about the sports thing, but I'm praying for it. The way I obey the commandments, pray, study scriptures, and go to church, I receive knowledge about what I need to improve on, and what I need to do to help others come unto Christ. I know I will never be perfect in this life, but trying to be bring me the greatest joy I have ever, or will ever, know.

What is faith?

Jake White
Faith is believing in something you cannot see but is true. Perfect faith is not only believing and knowing it is true, but faith unto works, or acting in faith is perfect faith. It is not enough to know something is true and not do anything about it. Look at the parable of the talents in Matthew chapter 13, or even what James says, "Thou believest that there is one God thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble...faith without works is dead," James 2:19-20. It is not enough to just have a belief, it must be supported by action, by following Jesus Christ's example. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Jake White
It began right here in the United States, in 1830, in Fayette, New York. The Prophet Joseph Smith received the first of modern day revelation from God, or a vision that contained the fullness of the gospel of Christ, which is found and evidenced in the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Jake White
The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints believes that Jesus was and is the Son of God, the only Begotten of the Father, who died for the sins and pains of men, so that we may become like Him and return to our Father in Heaven someday. We believe the only way to do that is by following the gospel of Jesus Christ, and by believing and doing the things necessary to come more closely to Christ. A christian is someone who takes upon themselves gladly the name of Christ, Alma 46:15, and to do that one must follow Jesus Christ. So yes, Mormons are Christians. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Jake White
"Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you," John 15:16. We do not choose ourselves to have to power and authority of God, he chooses us, and calls us by ordination, or by the laying on of hands by someone who has the power to give that authority. "He ordained priests and elders, by laying on his hands according to the order of God, to preside and watch over the church," Alma 6:1. It is important that we have the authority to act in Christ's name, and that is given through the proper order of things, otherwise there would be many people claiming to have authority to baptize and it would be too difficult to know who did and did not have valid authority. As Paul says, "Let all things be done decently and in order," 1 Cor. 14:40. Show more Show less