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Hi I'm Jake

I'm a Pianist, I'm a LAX state champion, and I'm a Mormon...

About Me

Lacrosse and music are everything to me! I was lucky enough to be introduced to lacrosse (LAX) when I was just 12 years old by my neighbor. Since then it has become my favorite sport to watch, play, and talk about. I joined the lacrosse team at a neighboring jr. high in 7th grade and have continued to play up to my last year in high school. During my freshman year of high school our team went to the state championships and because another player had been injured a few days before, I got to play the last half of the game. We won it by one point with less than a minute left on the clock! When I'm not studying or doing something with friends, I'm jamming out on the piano or listening to my ipod. I would say that music is what keeps me sane. When I'm either stressed out or just plain bored, I either sit down at the piano or plug in my ipod. I used to hate playing in front of people but now that I see how much joy it brings to people, I love to let others enjoy the music that I love to play!

Why I am a Mormon

There was a time in my life where I had some serious questions. Like most people, I wondered if there really was a God, what my purpose on earth was, and if what my parents were teaching was true. At times I wondered if I would go on a mission. For a while, I stayed in a state of neutrality--I still went to church, but I had these serious questions. I was invited to a youth camp called Especially For Youth (EFY) by one of my friends. Because my brothers had attended and enjoyed the experience I decided to go with my friend. These questions of course were still there and I desired more than ever to find the answers to them. I decided that for that week I would be the best I possibly could and I decided that I would do all that I could to find those answers. On Thursday night we all gathered together for a concert of hymns about Jesus Christ and the Restoration of His Gospel. I remember that an absolutely wonderful feeling hit me of warmth and love. It was what I had been searching for! I knew that God lived, that He knew me, and I had experienced His deep and pure love for us. I knew (and still do know) that Jesus is the Christ and I have felt the cleansing effects of His atonement. And I know without a doubt that Joseph Smith jr. is His ordained prophet to restore the fullness of His Gospel and to bring forth the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Since then, I haven't looked back. I have gone forward increasing my faith day by day in Jesus Christ and His Restored Church!

How I live my faith

Right now I'm serving a two year mission in Pocatello, Idaho! It might not be the most exciting or the most exotic place to be but I wouldn't trade it for the world! I love to see people change and become more acquainted with God! Never have I seen the hand of God more in my life than while on my mission. Serving a mission is great, but there is so much more to living my faith! I love to read the scriptures and to apply them in my life. Right now i'm going through the Old Testament as well as the Book of Mormon. It is my goal to read every single page in the Bible, the Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants, as well as the Pearl of Great Price. I hope that I can continue to teach people from the scriptures throughout my entire life and to excite them about the Gospel as much as it excites me!

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

How could this all be by chance? Being an athlete I do all that I can to take care of my body so I can perform to the best of my abilities. I was surprised about how complicated our bodies really are when I took a Biology class at college. Our bodies are so finely tuned in order to survive here. Again, how could our bodies be so perfect for the planet we live on if there wasn't a God? There is a God and there are so many more things that testify that He lives than just our bodies. I add my witness that all things denote that there is a Supreme Creator and that each of us can know Him personally. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

The Family is the most important thing ever! No questions about it. I love to hang out with my family whether it's playing card games, board games, golf, or just talking to them. They are my inspiration and support group! Family is God's way to show us that He loves us. He has given us this immediate support group. I like to think of family life like a game of lacrosse. You have a warm up before every game. The warm up is a lot shorter than the actual game but it's vital if you want to win. Without it, players don't perform as well, and they're not ready to take on the opposing team. Same thing with the family. We aren't in the family we're born in for very long. Many kids leave home around 18 or so for college or just to get out. But what we learn in those 18 years prepares us for what we'll experience in the real world. Without families, we would be at such a disadvantage when we are born. I know that this is something that is sacred to our Heavenly Father. I know that God has ordained that a man and a woman should be married and stay married to each other. Although it seems crazy and although I haven't had children, I know from having nieces and nephews that children are part of God's plan and that through them we can have a fullness of joy and fulfill the measure of our creation. Show more Show less