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Hi I'm Jake

I'm a college student, a lover of all things international, a world champion martial artist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a student at a local community college. I just returned from 2 years of missionary service in Japan. I did martial arts for 8 years. I taught children and adults martial arts for 5 years. I really loved foreign languages and am super excited to learn as many as I can. I speak Japanese and a little spanish, and I'm learning Chinese. I have 7 brothers and sisters and 23 neices and nephews.

Why I am a Mormon

There came a tim in my life where I realized I had made mistakes that I couldn't erase by myself. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't do it. It wasn't until I remembered what my parents told me about Christ, and really tried to follow what He wanted, that I felt the forgiving power of His eternal sacrifice. I literally felt relief through Him of the burdens of my past-I could smile again with confidence! I then came, through the Spirit, to feel that God loved me, that Joseph Smith was His prophet, that the current president of the church is really God's prophet, and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. All my detirmination and faith now can be traced back to the forgiveness I felt through Christ.

How I live my faith

I love being able to visit and take care of others. I love to hear what is going on in their lives-how their families are. In this church-everyone has that opportunity to serve. There is no group of people that doesn't get the chance to serve. I love the families I have been asked to visit regularly. I have developed friendships with them. I love having the opportunity to teach in church, even though we are all volunteers. It's fun to share this message of happiness. It's never pressure, because serving in the church isn't a job, it's all volunteer.

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

I live just like you live. I go to the store a couple tims a week, I like to shop, I like to listen to music and be with friends. I like to dance, and sing, and watch movies. The only difference, I guess, is that I do all of these things with a perspective that I will be accountable for the choices I make, whether or not anybody sees me make them. A lot of people believe that, but you'll notice that many members of this church believe that pretty strongly. If you know a member, you probably know them as one who is very honest, service-oriented, and positive. These are the biggest differences you will see in members of this church, I believe. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

A 'ward' or 'branch' is the name given to your local gathering of members of this church. If you lived in a town called 'Tuckerville' you may hear the name 'Tuckerville Second Ward' which means the second group of members in Tuckerville. A 'stake' is a few wards and/or branches put together. Usually everybody has some responsibility within their ward that they do as a volunteer, for example, 'sunday school teacher' or 'choir director'. You should seek an opportunity to meet your local bishop. He is the volunteer leader of the church in your area. He can answer questions about when the ward meets for worship, when activities are held, and how you can learn more about this church. Show more Show less