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Hi I'm Jake

I'm a Mormon from Arizona.

About Me

I grew up in Arizona, served a mission in Oklahoma City, got married to my wife in the Arizona Temple and currently work as a Civil Engineer. We have two little boys (3.5 and 18 months). I like to play and watch sports. Especially basketball. I enjoy spending time with my family. I have been married for 5 years now, and I'm trying to figure out how to be a good dad and husband.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a mormon my whole life. I was baptized when I was 8. My parents, grandparents, and their parents were all Mormons as well. I have seen the blessings of being a member of the church in my life and the life of my ancestors. The fact that Heavenly Father has a plan for us to be able to return to live with him with our families is something that keeps me going every day. I know that through the restored gospel of Jesus Christ I can be with my wife and kids forever.

How I live my faith

My current calling is a Ward Missionary. I served a full-time mission for the church when I was 19, but for some reason it seemed easier to share the gospel far from home and to people I didn't know. This calling has given me a great opportunity to share the gospel with people in my own neighborhood. I have had such great experiences seeing people join the church, come back to church, and strengthen their families. Prior to that my calling was to teach Sunday School to the 16-18 year olds along with my wife. It was a great chance to get to know the youth and talk with them about the Old Testament. I was amazed at how much they knew.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Jake
Mormon Services consist of a 3 hour block divided by the hour into different meetings: 1) Sacrament Meeting is where the entire congregation meets together to partake of the sacrament (bread and water representing the sacrifice of Jesus Christ). After the Sacrament, members of the congregation who have been previously invited to speak present speaches on gospel topics. The meeting is overseen by the Bishop who is seated on the stand with his counselors. 2) Sunday School is the next hour. The youth are divided into age groups and the adults all meet together to discuss the scriptures. 3) Priesthood and Relief Society are the last hour. The men go to Priesthood meetings where they discuss gospel topics as well as how to provide service to families in the congregation that may need help. The women meet in Relief Society and discuss gospel topics as well as how to serve the women in the ward that may need help. During hours 2 and 3 the children (ages 3 to 12) meet in what is called primary. They learn songs and lessons prepared for children. Visitors are always welcome at mormon services. Meetings begin at different times in defferent buildings, but if anyone wants to walk in on a Sunday or calls the local ward in the phone book, someone will be able to explain when services begin and what meeting is going on at the time. Show more Show less