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Hi I'm Jake

I'm a father of four, a former Marine, and a Federal Law Enforcement Agent. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father of four great boys and am greatful to be an active part of their lives. I am a former Marine, and I served eight years as an Infantryman. I was part of the initial invasion back in 2003 where I really gained my testimony of the gospel. Those times really helped me to understand my relationship with our savior and how I could best feel his presence and his will in my own life. I enjoy playing sports with my boys and teaching them about the things that are interesting to them. My family is my biggest strength and joy.

Why I am a Mormon

First of all I'm Mormon by choice, not because I was told I must be. I was born and raised in the church and have two parents who tried desperately to help me find my own testimony of the gospel, unfortunately I have always been the type to have to find out for myself. I went through a period of trial and hardship from around 15-20 years old where anything that had to do with the church I did the opposite. Looking back at those times I can truly see the love that our Savior has for all of us, because though I wasn't seeking it he gave it to me anyway. I joined the Marine Corps out of high school and was sent to Europe for my first duty station. During the time that I was there I had lots of friends, a nice girl friend, and felt like I had it figured out but at the end of the day I always felt that there was something missing. My happiness was short lived and temporary, I knew I needed the Savior but felt I had gone to far astray. I prayed for the lord to help me quit smoking and drinking. The prayer was answered in a form I didn't expect; I became ill for many days which allowed the nicotine to leave my body. I was able to quit drinking cold turkey and knew that the Lord was making my weaknesses strengths. These changes that I made were not easy and there were times that I struggled with them, but I knew that through the Lord all things are possible and I trusted him. I transferred back to the United States shortly after this all started and I began to notice what the Book of Mormon means when it speaks of having a change of countenance. I started going back to church and striving to do what was right, and happened to meet my future wife. I married my wife Jessica and then was sent to Iraq for 10 months. During this time I read the Book of Mormon for the first time and gained a testimony of it's truth for myself. I found myself in very dangerous situations during my time over there but also found that there was a peace that only the Savior can bring. I know that the Lord helped me to get through those times. Being a Mormon in the Marine Corps gave me great opportunity to speak to others about my faith and to dispell any misconceptions there might have been. I choose to be a Mormon because I know that my savior lives and that he loves each of us. I know the peace and the strength the gospel brings and how much I long for it in my life. I learned for myself that there are better ways to live than what I had done in the past.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith the way the Savior lived his life; through example. I know that I believe in Christ and that he is the way and the light, but if I fall into things that speak otherwise than I am just talking. I strive everyday to make choices that will build my spirit and to help to bring that spirit with me at work and in our home. I try to invite friends to come play basketball, and to fellowship others through my actions. I served in our young mens group teaching the young men about the gospel and by trying to help them understand the blessings of living a Christ centered life.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Jake
We believe in Jesus Christ and he is our savior and redeemer. We know that Jesus Christ was crucified and that he attoned for our sins. Show more Show less