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Hi I'm Jake

I love life and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a young father, married to an amazing woman who is the light of my life. We currently live in Oregon, and have four beautiful children. I have a B.S. degree in Information Systems & Spanish, and recently completed a Master's Degree in Public Administration. I love working with people, I thrive on optimism, and look forward to each new adventure in life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am proud to be Mormon because the lifestyle brings peace to my life that I have not found through any other sources. I feel a personal connection to my savior, Jesus Christ, and I feel he knows me individually and believes in me. He gives me the hope that I need to face challenges with optimism and power.

How I live my faith

Living as a Mormon simply means obeying God's commandments and doing things to help other people. It means you try to live your life in the same way Jesus Christ lived while he was on the earth. Each day I try to be a better person than I was the day before. It's easy when I just try to obey God's commandments each day. After all, that's the only thing he asks of me, so I try my best to do it each day. To serve in the church, I have the opportunity to teach an early-morning religion class each weekday for local high school seniors. We call it "Seminary," and I LOVE IT! I also get to teach gospel lessons on Sundays to the men I go to church with. That is a lot of fun as well. My most favorite responsibility, though, is being a dad. I have four amazing, beautiful kids, who are jam-packed with energy and excitement about life. I also have an amazing, talented, beautiful wife, whom I love very much! To sum it up, living my faith is actually very easy - it's just a matter of obeying God's commandments, which makes life so much easier to deal with. My faith in God and Jesus Christ enriches my life and makes me a better, more positive person.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Mormons believe that the purpose of life is to become like God. When Jesus was on the earth, he taught us, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." (Matthew 5:48). Each of us, every day, is faced with choices. Over time, we learn that every choice has a consequence, good or bad. Good choices help us to be more like God (because He is perfect), and bad choices make us become less like God. The Bible teaches us that if we make good choices in this life, we will be able to be with God after this life: "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." (Revelation 3:21) To sum it up, the purpose of this life is to learn how to make choices that will make it possible for us to be like God, and as a result, be able to live with Him for eternity! Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Joseph Smith was a Prophet, like Moses or Abraham. God revealed gospel truths to the world through Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Mormons believe that we are saved through the grace of God - it is impossible for us to return to live with God without His grace. He asks us to obey His commandments, and promises us that He will save us in the end. It is a wonderful arrangement! Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Husband and wife must be equal partners in the efforts to raise a family - an unequal partnership where one spouse dominates or intimidates the other is not in harmony with God's intended family structure. In some families, the husband works out of the home while the wife stays at home. In other families, the wife works out of the home while the husband stays home. And in some families, both spouses work out of the home. No matter what the arrangement is in a home, a husband and wife must support, lift up, encourage, and love each other. They should help each other with as many of their duties as is possible. If they have children, they should be aligned in their efforts to raise children by teaching them correct gospel principles and should teach their children together. Show more Show less