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Hi I'm Jake

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have been married since the December 2007. Since then we have been blessed with a wonderful son. I was raised in a small farming town where I grew to love and value hard work and agriculture. As a result my schooling has been centered around agricultural and machinery design. During our married life both my wife and I have been working on completing graduate degrees while we have moved forward and started having children. It has been really hard at times, but I feel like the Lord has blessed us with the ability to do what was required of us. Life is really good!!!

Why I am a Mormon

While I was born into a family where both of my parents are mormons, it is not the reason I am mormon. I remember as a young boy wondering how adults were so confindent in a being (God) that they couldn't see with their eyes, hear with their ears, and touch with their hands. I even remember going to primary one week and the primary teaching asking the class if we knew that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I told him "no". I think that I surprised him a little, but I didn't know yet and I didn't want to pretend to know something that I didn't. The realization that I didn't know Joseph Smith was a prophet, or that God even exsisted, lead me to search for answers from God (if there was one and he was aware of me?). My parents had never expected me just trust them. They had always taught my brothers and sisters and I that if we wanted to know any truths it would come through reading and studying the scriptures, and then asking God if they were true. This is what I ended up doing. I started praying regularly. As I prayed I felt like some one was listening. As I took problems to God I was receiving answers and finding peace. I also decided to read the entire Book of Mormon and then ask God to know of its truthfulness. I did so, and even though my answer didn't come right away it came. I can now honestly say that I know that God lives. I know that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His son Jesus Christ. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I know that God will speak to us if we "seek" and "knock" and listen.

How I live my faith

One of the ways that I try to live the gospel of Jesus Christ is to smile and say hello to as many people as I can. Each day there are so many people that I pass or come in contact with. I may never see most of these people again, but I hope that my greeting and smile will help their day be a little brighter. Another way that I try live the gospel is to pray often. Communicating with God in this way has been one of His greatest blessings to me. I usually started and end the day with prayer, but in addition to this I like to pray as I walk, drive, work, or what ever I am doing. Most often it is a silent prayer in my heart, but when I do this I feel like either the events of the day go better or I am better able to deal with the struggles that come my way.

Are Mormons Christians?

I am a Christian in the sense that I believe that it is only in and through the atonement of Jesus Christ that we can return to live with God. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not believe in or follow the nicene creed. We believe that God the Father, His son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three distinct individuals acting as a "godhead." We believe that Jesus Christ is the literal son of God born to Mary. He showed a perfect example by living a sinless life. Because of the resurrection and atonement we can live a again one day and be forgiven of our sins if we put our faith in Him. Show more Show less