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Hi I'm Jake

I help government serve citizens better with technology. I love my family, sports and the outdoors. I am a Mormon.

About Me

This life keeps getting better as I get older. I have the greatest wife anyone could ask for. She really exemplifies a Christlike life - she helps me become a better father, worker, leader, and humanitarian. She has helped me work through tough times when I fall short of my potential. I have a very rambunctious little girl who melts my heart each day. She is getting faster and I am getting slower ;) I work a flexible, yet demanding schedule, trying to create a success upon which I can build a career. I hope the technology projects I work on will have a positive impact on the agencies I work with and the citizens of our state and country. I was raised by wonderful parents and was lucky enough to have 7 brothers and sisters. I have lived on the east coast, the mountains, and the west coast. After high school, I spent two years giving Christian service in Eastern Europe. I received my 4 year degree in just under 5 years and am thinking of pursuing graduate studies. My little family and I love to play games, go on hikes, and just be together. We are currently remodeling our home, so much of our time is devoted to that. My day job is mostly done on a computer or in a conference room, so I appreciate when I can work with my hands. Soon, I will be preparing a spot in the back yard to grow our own garden. I also give time to our local troop of Boy Scouts as a scout committee member and former Scoutmaster.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a child, I remember attending church weekly with my parents. I saw older boys in white shirts and ties, telling stories of Jesus and avoiding peer pressure. I was taught lessons about God's plan for us and about how I can be more like Jesus. I felt like I had heard these things before, and it felt right when I tried my best to do what I had learned. When I was 8 years old, I made the choice to be baptized. I knew it was the right thing to do. Trying to emulate Jesus made me different from most kids in my small, southeastern town elementary school. I was ok with being peculiar because I was happier when I chose to do what I felt is right, instead of just following the crowd. At age 13, I would read a chapter or two in the Book of Mormon each night until I read it all. I felt like I should ask God if it was true. I knew the teachings of that Book had changed people's lives, so it was an important thing to know for sure; and who better to ask than God? In prayer I expressed my desire to know and the answer came with a feeling of calm, of warmth, and of a clear thought that "of course you know it is true". I kept reading from it daily. I especially love Ether, chapter 12. Through my teenage years, there were good decisions and bad, times when I was strong and times when I was weak. I was happiest when I did what I was encouraged to do at church, in the scriptures, and at youth group functions. I was impressed that it wasn't just my parents who tried to live Christ-like lives, my youth-group leaders, scout troop leaders, and people I most admired all had that in common. When I did wrong, the Lord helped me to change, to turn back to Him and again feel the joy of doing what is right. Looking back, I can see how God communicated with me through the Holy Spirit, and directed my paths. In the years since, God has multiplied these experiences, tried my faith, and increased the joy in my life.

How I live my faith

Today, I am grateful for how God has guided me to where I am. I am even more excited for what God will do with me in the future. I find happiness in serving others, placing their needs before my own. I served 2 years as a missionary for the church in Eastern Europe. I attended to the physical and spiritual needs of the people there and taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I found a wonderful girl and we were married for time and all eternity by the authority of Jesus Christ in His holy temple. We have a little girl and hope to have a few more. We are excited to teach our children the stories of Jesus. We strive to make prayer, scripture study, and serving one another more important than television, movies, social networking, or texting. Our home is a sanctuary where we feel peace and can listen to the whisperings of God's Spirit. There are 4 families whom I visit monthly with another young father in my neighborhood. We look after the needs of these families and share messages to lift their spirits and increase their hope in Christ. Many in our town are military families, whose husbands are frequently deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. We make sure we are there to help when they need us. I am currently involved in a food drive for the local food bank, and hope to fill the local facility to the brim for those who are less fortunate. I serve between 4-12 hours per week with our local Young Men's auxiliary organization of the church. In partnership with the Boy Scouts of America, we strive to instill strong moral values in our young men by teaching them to implement Gospel principles into their everyday lives, by helping them plan worthwhile adventures and service projects to enrich their lives and teach them to work and think of others before themselves. Professionally, I am honest and diligent in all my dealings. I love the life the Lord has given me, and I feel close to HIm when I do what He asks.