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Hi I'm Jake

I'm a Marine, I love guns, I'm a gear-head, I love the Yankees, I like Swedish girls, I love donuts, I like the '80s. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I'm from the heart of the Wasatch Front, the great city of Orem, UT. I love Jesus Christ and everything He has done for mankind. I enjoy hunting, shooting, fishing, off roading, hiking and backpacking. I love the great sport of baseball, and I'm a big New York Yankees fan! I like a few other teams as well, gotta have more than one. I also like football, basketball, hockey, and golf. I'm a fan of 4x4s, muscle cars, dirt bikes, quads, and motorcycles. I think life is too short to own boring vehicles. I've owned a sweet '77 IH Scout II, and I want to build up an early Bronco, FJ-40 Land Cruiser, and a Defender 90. One day I'll get a new BOSS 302 Mustang, Sonic Blue please. I believe every man should own a HOG(Harley Davidson). I'm into old-school rock and metal, with Van Halen, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, AC-DC, Rush, Metallica, Poison, Duran Duran, Foreigner, Styx, and Journey being some of my favorite bands. I love spending time with family and friends, and have always believed that close friends become family. I love donuts, especially cake donuts with sprinkles. I'm always down for a midnight run to Beto's and lending a helping hand. I love wearing jackets, especially leather ones. I like my magazines. I'm a history buff. I love the US military, and joined the Marine Reserves at 17. I'm going to be a police officer as well, hopefully I'll make the SWAT team. Maybe I'll go FBI. I also want to own a sporting goods store one day. I hope to attend the University of Utah, go Utes!

Why I am a Mormon

Like most Mormons in Utah, I grew up in the Church, and went with my family all of the time. When I was about 10 years old, my family stopped attending church, and myself as well. We were still good people throughout the years, but I always felt that something was missing. My grandpa tried to get me to go to church and read the scriptures, but to no avail. Right when I became a sophomore in high school, my grandpa passed away, and I had virtually no family connections in the church, as most of my other relatives were/are of other faiths. My life became somewhat dark on the inside, and even though my fellow peers could not see it, I was lonely, and felt so lost in the stealthy shadows of life. It all started to change when I received my junior year registration papers in the summer of 2007. I decided to sign up for high school seminary, as I had decided I had been out of the Church for long enough. My plan to re-activate worked, and shortly after I turned 17 I was ordained a Priest. My bishop did an excellent job of being my friend and getting me to participate in going to the temple, weekly youth activities, etc. And from then on the ball kept rolling, and now I'm serving a mission, something I never would have thought was in my plans just 5 years ago. I have many great examples in my life to thank for helping me get back into the game, and I will be eternally greatful for their love and care, because everyone needs a push sometimes. I follow the teachings of Jesus Christ because it makes me a better person, and I always feel happy knowing I am following His gospel. I know that God cares about all of His children here on earth, and I have witnessed how the power of prayer can bless those in need. Mormons also care alot about helping other people, which is critical in today's society.

How I live my faith

I always try to make the right decisions, and it is not easy trying to become like Christ when all of us have fallen short of the glory. When I was almost 20, I submitted my missionary canidate papers to our church headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. After about a month I received my call to the Alabama Birmingham Mission. My mission has been a huge blessing for my family and I. I always try to treat other people nicely, because it makes someone's day better when you are a friend to them. I read from the Book of Mormon, and received a witness that it is true, which means the Church is true as well. And I have a testimony that our prophet and apostles we have today are indeed called of God, and I do my best to follow the advice and counsel they give us to help us be the best people we can.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

As Mormons, we believe in paying 10 of our increase, or income. Tithing goes towards temple construction, missionary funds, Church supplies, etc. We do not have any paid positions in our Church, as all of the tithing we pay goes toward building up the kingdom of God here on earth.  Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Mormon missionaries around the world can be seen getting around on foot, bicycles, or even motor vehicles. People often see the missionaries knocking door to door, or contacting folks on the streets. This is known as proselyting, and by doing this, missionaries share the message of the restored gospel, as well as offering free service to those who need it. Not everyone accepts the message, but missionaries will always try to strengthen one's testimony of Jesus Christ, and many lives have been changed for the better because of the dedication that Mormon missionaries put into their time of service to God. Show more Show less