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Hi I'm Jake

I'm getting my Ph.D. in physiology. I'm a foodie. I love football, learning/reading, Costco, Seinfeld, & music. I am a MORMON :)

About Me

I love my wife and my family! I am married to an incredible woman who I am crazy about! I am the youngest of seven and my parents are from Alberta, Canada. I have 17 nieces and nephews and love spending time playing games with them, giving them piggy-back rides, learning from them, and teaching them about the importance of the Savior in our lives. I love to learn and do new things. Because of this I have interests in many things like reading, watching movies, sports, cooking, looking at the night sky, just thinking and pondering my many questions about the world around me, playing games, traveling/planning future trips, and I could go on and on. My life is focused on the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I give all gratitude to Him for each of the many blessings in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

The happiness and joy that comes when I follow the doctrines found in the Mormon church have increased my testimony that this is the true Church of Jesus Christ on the earth today. Yes, I was born into a Mormon family, but I had to find out of its validity for myself. Through prayer, scripture study, attending church meetings, and making sure that I am doing my best to apply the principles and doctrines of the Bible, the Book of Mormon and all of the teachings of our modern-day prophets, I gained this personal testimony. I know that anyone who is humbly searching for the full truth will find it as they read the Book of Mormon and pray to know that it is the word of God.

How I live my faith

Because I know my Heavenly Father loves me and is concerned about every aspect of my life, I live my faith by doing things each day that will bring me closer to Him. Each morning when I wake up, I get on my knees and pray to my Heavenly Father that I will have the strength to be His hands that day, to thank Him for another beautiful day, for helping me with a problem or difficulty, for His love and mercy and compassion with such an imperfect person such as me, for the rain and snow, for the open parking spot when I needed one, for my family who is far away, for leading me to find my wife, for the struggles I have had in my life that have made me a better person, and mostly for the plan of salvation that He created so that all of His children, including myself, can know the steps we need to take in order to live with Him once again. I read, study, ponder, and do my best to apply the teachings of the Scriptures each day. I try to always have a positive attitude during hard times because I know that by relying on our Savior we can find hope, happiness, and peace as we overcome struggles. I am not perfect but I try to do better than I did yesterday so that I am at least constantly progressing. I live my faith regardless of the ridicule of those who don't share my faith because the Holy Ghost has revealed to me that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that He has once again restored His Church to the earth again.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Jake
We do believe that the Bible is the word of God. I know that our Heavenly Father loves all of His children and because of this He sends prophets to tell us what we need to do to return to Him. We find many writings of the prophets in the Bible. In fact, we are studying the Old and New Testaments in our Sunday School this year and next year. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Jake
We believe that our body's are temples where the Spirit of God can dwell. Because of this, we do not consume anything that would harm our bodies. Just as important we believe that one of the greatest gifts our Heavenly Father has given to us is agency; the ability to choose. If we consumed substances that cause addiction or the loss of our ability to make good decisions then we would be denying ourselves of this incredible gift. Show more Show less