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Hi I'm Jake Runyan

I grew up in Colorado, I'm an active businessman, and I love the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father of 4 AWESOME kids (3 boys and 1 beautiful little girl). I love anything outdoors, although golfing is my passion. I'm an entrepreneur, and own a couple of business, which keeps me busier than I like at times, but it's what I love.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because, deep down, I know that what is taught is true. I guess I decided a long time ago that if I'm going to dedicate myself, and lead my family in a particular faith, that I better make sure that it comes from God. For me, there is so much comfort in knowing truth even though it's not always easy to follow Christ's example, I know that what I should be doing, and know what to teach my children. That is what being a Mormon has done for me.

How I live my faith

I get to work with the youth aged boys (ages 16-18) within my ward. I LOVE working with them. I basically get to organize awesome activities designed to teach them new skills, promote unity, serve the community, or just have fun. Many of them are preparing to serve 2 year service missions, so it is fun to help them prepare for that and watch them mature. I read my scriptures often (my goal is daily), I pray often, and I attend church meetings on Sunday. I try and serve those who may be in need, I try to be kind to my fellow men, and I love my family with all my heart.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Jake Runyan
This subject is important to the church because family is so important to the church. Family is where we nurture children to be good members of society and people of faith. In my opinion, family is what makes a community, and nation, great. Homosexuality, and same-sex marriage (along with a long list of other things) threaten the core of what makes a family special. To me, what makes a family unique and special is having a father and a mother that honor their roles, love their children and each other, and follow the example of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Jake Runyan
Mormons live like most other good citizens of society. We work and play just about everywhere. We don't drink alcohol, do drugs, smoke tobacco, or drink tea or coffee. So you won't find very many of them at a bar or in a coffee shop. We attend a 3 hour church meeting on Sundays, and generally have other meetings on Sunday, which makes it for a pretty busy day for many. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Jake Runyan
The church finances it operations through tithes and offerings made by its members. We pay 10% of our gross earnings to the church every month. On top of that, we also try to donate to the Fast and Offerings fund, and other funds which are designed to help the poor and needy. It's quite a sacrifice for our family for sure, but we feel the blessing from it every day. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Jake Runyan
Temples, to us, are the House of the Lord. The premise of not allowing everyone into temples is that only clean and pure individuals are allowed in the Lord's house. That certainly doesn't mean that those who enter the temple are perfect (I can attest to that). But it does mean that those who are allowed in are doing their best to follow the example of Jesus Christ and are living by His commandments. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Jake Runyan
The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead, along with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. He is our comforter, and his purpose is to help guide our decisions and be sort of a moral compass in our lives. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Jake Runyan
This is kind of a tough question because it depends on how you define "Christians" I guess. I certainly have always thought of myself as a Christian because I believe in Christ, in His teachings (from the Bible), and try and follow His example. I guess some people define Christians differently, but if you define a Christian as someone who follows the teachings of Christ, then absolutely, Mormons are Christians. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jake Runyan
No, not all Mormons are required to serve missions. All worthy young men are encouraged to go, and young women, if they feel it is the right thing for them, are also encouraged to go. We also have senior missionaries that are encouraged to go. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Jake Runyan
Missionary activities are paid either by the missionary, by his/her family, or by a friend or relative. The church doesn't actually pay for the expenses incurred by a missionary (housing, food, clothing, etc.), nor does the church compensate the missionaries. In my case, I sold my 1968 Ford Mustang (that I LOVED) to pay for my mission. I've never regretted it, but I've looked for where that car ended up over the years.....still looking. Show more Show less