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Hi I'm Jake

I love understanding how something works. I'm a college student. I work on swimming pools. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

What I love more than anything is spending quality time with people. I often get caught up talking with friends on the phone, and it distracts me from whatever I had planned on doing. I never regret it, though. Being outdoors adds enjoyment to my life. Usually I accomplish this by working outdoors and on my free time by going on hikes. I'm the youngest sibling in my family, and an uncle to many. I look forward to having a family of my own.

Why I am a Mormon

I am part of the Mormon Church because it is where I have learned the purpose of life. Throughout my later teenage years, like most people, I was on a quest to find the purpose of my life so that I could plan my future. Looking at others around me, I realized that the people who seemed to be genuinely satisfied were those who had focused their lives on following Jesus Christ's example. They seemed to be kind and caring towards others and could remain happy in spite of life's challenges. They each had very different hobbies, careers, and talents; but they all shared a common peace and enjoyment of life, and a love for others. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I have been encouraged all my life to talk to Heavenly Father through prayer and to counsel with Him about my questions, concerns, and my desires. There have been times in my life that I have prayed to know the purpose of life and to understand my questions about religion. The answers to my prayers came to me in a personal way. When people taught me about Jesus Christ, I could feel in my heart that what I heard was true. When I learned about the commandments, and pondered whether they were truly from God, I felt that they were indeed from God. I also read the Book of Mormon, and gained a knowledge that that book is true. Other major experiences that had a significant impact on me were the many events where I spent time around people who had great faith in Jesus Christ, and lived His teachings. I felt happy when I was around them, I knew that I wanted to have a life like they had. My faith in Jesus Christ continues to remain strong because I always have good feelings within myself when I keep the commandments and live His teachings. I know that He has organized this church by calling prophets and apostles upon the earth. When I hear their teachings, I know that they are true servants of the Lord, who share with us His teachings and His instructions for our life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by remembering Christ. Whether I am at work, at school, or spending time with friends, I can live my faith by acting the way that Christ would want me to act, and by treating others with kindness and understanding. At Church, every member of the church has the opportunity to teach from the scriptures. Each person has different talents and gifts which God has given them, and it's fun when somebody can teach me something in the scriptures that I hadn't noticed. Many times, just the way that somebody explains something through their own eyes reaches somebody else and helps them to understand. Where I live, I have been given the assignment to organize the teaching schedule. Right now, we are studying the New Testament, and a different person teaches the class each week. For example, this Sunday, Danielle will teach a class covering chapters 15-18 from the book of Acts. Next Sunday, Joel will teach a class including Acts chapters 18-20. Along with organizing the schedule, I get to teach classes to the other teachers. The purpose of the class that I teach is to help other teachers understand how to be effective teachers. From my own experience, I feel like my most important role is to help others have the confidence to follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost, and to follow the feelings that they have in their hearts. I see people help each other all the time by sharing feelings and experiences that are important to themselves. I live my faith also by being a friend to those around me, and by letting them be my friend. In the church, we all help out and serve one another. Regardless of whether other people are of my same faith or if they don't even believe God at all, I find joy in befriending them and trying to bring happiness into their lives. I believe that that is a way that we can all follow Jesus Christ.