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Hi I'm Jake

I am "CTRMAN"! I love my big family! I love to dance! I love to wrestle BEARS and swim with ALLIGATORS! I love being a Mormon!!!!!

About Me

Where to begin. My name is Jake. I live in a little town in Nevada called Elko. Ive lived there since I was about 6 I think. Its been my home since I can remember. And even though there is not much there, its there that I have the best memories. With alot of those memories I have to thank my family for. I am the oldest child of 10 children! Yep...10. I love each of them very much! They're the best. I love sports! Sports are the BOMB! Basketball, Football, Ultimate, you name it I play it. Soccer is my all time favorite sport! I played in little league soccer groups for 12 years, and played 2 years in high school. I am just like every other typical guy...yes I love video games! I started playing Mario Cart for the Nintendo64 with my friends when I was younger, and ever since then Ive just loved it. I play everything now. Halo, Guitar Hero, Call of Duty, Rockband, Gears of War, I will even go the distance and play Lego Pirates of the Caribbean with my little brothers. Dah! What else can I say? I am super out going!? I love to try different things, and experiment different ideas. Just call me "Hitch" cause I have the coolest dating ideas ever! Oh yeah! I try them out all the time. Now whether the end result is good or not is a totally different subject. Oh yeah! MUSIC and DANCING is a MUST HAVE for me! I love all kinds of music. People think I'm weird but rap and hip hop are my favorites! However, I love anything and everything that can get me on my feet and move! Well That's me!

Why I am a Mormon

Yes i grew up in the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have that advantage and blessing of growing up in a enviroment to have Christ in my life. My parents taught me growing up that Christ is everything. But just like everyone else, I needed to find out for MYSELF if that was true. I had an experience in my life where I needed a change. I wasnt the best kid and I made ALOT of mistakes. I needed SOMETHING in my life to help me change who i was before it was too late. A good friend told me that if I needed to change I needed to start out by going to the source of all truth, God, and then to read the scriptures. I asked Heavenly father what I should do to help me know what to do to turn my life around. after that I picked up the Book of Mormon and began to read. The joy I felt while was reading was undescribable. I then prayed about the Book of Mormon to ask my Maker if it was true. Growing up I was always told "the Book of Mormon is true" but I guess I never really knew for myself until this moment. The experience I had was overwhelming one. The Holy Ghost came upon me so strong that I couldnt deny that I knew it was true. Since that day I have grown closer to my Savior. I do everything I possibly can to follow in His footsteps, and be the best person i know how to be. Yes I still make mistakes just like everyone else, but now I KNOW how I can fix it. I now KNOW how I can repent and come closer to my Heavenly Father and His Only Begotten son, Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because I believe in Jesus Christ and what He has done for me. For His Infinate Atonement so that I can be forgiven only when I come to him and ask for that forgiveness. I KNOW that this gospel is the truth because of the Book of Mormon. I KNOW what my plan for ths life is, and I KNOW where I am going after this life. And i am a mormon because i KNOW my savior lives and loves me. And I KNOW that you can know if its true for yourself. This is the Truth. I am Jake Hall and Im a Mormon. Amen.

How I live my faith

Hmm...How do I live my faith? That's a good question. I live my faith in many ways. First, what is faith? Faith to me is believing in something you cant see or hear physically, and then showing that faith by your actions. So when I say I live my faith you can know that I live what I believe to be the truth in the way I act in my everyday life. And what I believe in is that Jesus Christ is real. He is the Only Begotten of the Father. He is my Lord and Savior. He is the way. And I want to do everything I can to become like Him. So to do that, I live differently then most of the world. I stay away from 6 highly addicting substances that can really hurt my body. 1)Alcohol. 2)Illegal Drugs. 3)Tobacco. 4) Tea. 5)Coffee. 6)Pornography. I know staying away from these 6 things has helped me become a stronger and healthier person. Where would I be if I became addicted to one or more of these things? Not in a very good place that's fo sho! I also do the "10 common sense rules" that God has asked each of us to do in the bible. 1)Believe in God Only. 2)Don't worship stupid things. 3)Don't use God's Name badly. 4)Keep Sunday A Holy Day. 5)Obey Mom and Dad (still working on). 6)Killing is Bad. 7)Cheating on Someone is bad too. 8)Stealing puts people in jail. 9)Don't be a gossiping Gabby! And 10)wanting someones things could get you into trouble! I have a desire to share what I know to be true with as many people as I can. That is why I chose to serve a full time mission for the lord for TWO (Yes... Dos!) full years. I didn't get to pick where I wanted to go. But I know I got assigned to serve in a part of an area where I know the lord wanted me to go. The lord called me to serve Him in the Macon Georgia/ Jacksonville Florida areas. I LOVE THE SOUTH! Nowhere on earth like it. I meet my brothers and sisters every single day and share with them what I KNOW to be the truth! My testimony has brought many people unto Christ. Its hard sometimes, but like I said, its how I live my faith.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Jake
We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. We believe that the bible contains the fullness of the everlasting gospel. The bible is a record of God’s dealings with men since the creation of the world. It all starts with God walking and talking with Adam and teaching him in the Garden of Eden. He told Noah to cry repentance to the people before the flood came. God tested Abraham’s faith by commanding him to sacrifice his son. Moses witnessed a burning bush and heard God’s voice. These are all major stories that the bible shares of God talking to his children, and can be applied to our own lives. The most important example is the life of Christ, the Son of God. During Christ’s ministry here on the earth, He taught us His gospel by word and by example. Christ’s apostles wrote these teaching down and recorded them for our day and age. Unfortunately, through the centuries those recordings have been changed alot. Good men, who were trying to do the very best they could, changed some of that pure doctrine which Christ taught. Some would change the structure of a scripture. Some would take a scripture out completely! Those pure doctrines were lost overtime. The bible is still scripture from God. It’s just been changed so much that it’s confusing the whole world. We fully believe the bible to be the word of God, but only as far as it is translated correctly. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Jake
Have you ever seen the missionaries of the Mormon faith around your neighborhood? Ever wonder what they teach, or why they are so young to share a message about Jesus Christ? In the church of Jesus Christ, young men and women are asked by the prophet of god to give up two years (18 months for the women) of their lives to serve the lord. They don’t get paid. They separate themselves from the world by not watching TV, listen to music, not dating, and much more to serve the lord. Missionaries proselyte because the lord has asked, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Everyone deserves to know what we know and feel the joy that we have felt. How can everyone experience these feelings unless someone actually goes out to share it? Mormon missionaries are the ones called to share that gospel with others. They talk to as many people as possible. Their purpose as missionaries is NOT to convert you to the Mormon faith, but to bring others, their families, and their loved ones closer to the savior and his teachings. they do that by inviting individuals to exercise their faith to where they have an earnest desire to repent, to have a desire to wash all their sins away by baptism, to receive a special companion called the Holy Ghost, and then to help them know how they can endure to the very end of their lives. Missionaries are Disciples of Christ, called to spread a message that will bring nothing but peace and joy to the lives of those that will receive them. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Jake
You have to leave to go on a trip, but you want to make sure your house is going to be kept safe and in good condition while you’re away. Would you give your house key to a total stranger who could possibly abuse that privilege of having your home in their hands? Or would you give your house key to someone you trust to take care of your home while you are away? God works the same way. God all throughout Bible history has given his prophets the authority to run and "take care" of his church, to keep his gospel pure, and to preform saving ordinances such as Baptism the correct way. He doesn’t just give it to anybody. This authority was given to Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and Aaron, and all the prophets up to John the Baptist and his cousin, Jesus Christ. How was Jesus Christ Baptized? He traveled about 40 miles from Galilee to Jordan to be baptized by John because he was the only one at that time who had the authority to Baptize and was worthy enough to do so. Jesus Christ showed us by example that baptism must be done by one who has authority or it is not valid. Unfortunately after Christ’s death, and the murder of all the apostles, that authority was lost and no one had it. No one had the authority to preform baptisms correctly. In the year 1829, Jesus Christ sent a heavenly messenger, John the Baptist, to Joseph Smith to restore that authority to the earth again. He laid his hands on Joseph Smith and gave him the authority to Baptize. That lost authority is restored today! Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Jake
When Jesus Christ was on the earth he talked alot about the salvation of souls. He taught that all men must be born of the water and of the spirit to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven (john 3:5). Jesus Christ was the example and showed us what it meant by being baptized by water by someone who held that authority to do so (john), and then by receiving the Holy Ghost in the form of a dove. But for a second think about how people there are and were throughout all time that didn’t have the opportunity to be baptized like Jesus? Billions and billions! So many people have died without the chance to save themselves! In 1 Corinthians 15:29 it says, "Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?” this scripture was indicating that the dead need to be baptized too. They are children of God that because of their circumstances did not have the opportunity to do their saving ordinances. But because God is merciful and loves us, he has provided a way to do the work for all men, even the dead. In the temple we do baptisms for the dead for all those that did not do it here on earth. People still have their agency in the next life as they did here in this one. People can either accept the work that has been done for them, or they can deny and reject it. It is all up to them. But at least we as members of the church have an honest desire to help those beyond the grave and do their work now for their salvation. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Jake
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ are just like everyone else that goes to church. We all like to look nice. Not all fancy like... but nice. We don’t try to come to church looking like we spent alot of money on our clothes because that would defeat the purpose of going to church. We are supposed to go to worship Heavenly Father, not to be noticed by people. When Mormons go to church we do dress up in our Sunday best. Men usually wear dress shirts with a tie, and women go all out and wear skirts. It’s our Sunday best. However, you do not have to dress like that though to worship with us. You come how you are, and dress in what you feel is YOUR Sunday best. We celebrate ALL the major holidays! Halloween (Candy!), 4th of July (Pizza!), even Mother's Day (MOM!)! We especially celebrate Christmas and Easter because of the spiritual meaning of Christ’s birth and atonement behind them. Of course we know that Christ wasn’t really born December 25. No one truly knows the exact date of the Savior's birth. But we celebrate Christmas in remembrance of him coming to his earthly home in the time his Father sent him. And we celebrate Easter for the Saviors suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane, his death on the cross, and the Lord"s resurrection in overcoming death. That was an event worth celebrating for today, and most of Christianity celebrates it as we do. We celebrate everything else just for fun, so we aren’t much different with our holidays. We’re just as crazy as everyone else. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Jake
It’s the best! I love being a Mormon! I grew up being a Mormon and I am so grateful for that! I couldn’t imagine living any other way. The reason it’s so awesome is because we live a higher standard than the rest of the world. Most teens my age are enjoying themselves with alcohol, partying, drugs, inappropriate movies and music, and so much more. I made my commitment to the Lord at the age of eight to not be a part of those activities when I was older. I committed to live the best life I could in harmony with the Savior and his teachings. All members of the church make this commitment when they’re baptized, so we as Mormons try to live a higher standard than the rest of the world. The benefits, of living this way, are awesome! Because I don’t drink, smoke, do drugs, or do anything that would hurt my body, I have lived a healthier lifestyle. I don’t have to worry about lung cancer or getting a DUI. I don’t have to worry about having an unwanted child because I want to wait till I’m married to have a baby. These are just a few of the many temporal blessings we receive by being a Mormon. We also receive many spiritual blessings too! I have the knowledge of where I was before this life, why I’m here at this time, and where I’m going after this life. I know who my Savior is on a personal level. I have the comforting assurance in knowing that God still talks to his children through a prophet. I can go on and on. Other than that I am a normal dude, doing the normal things in life! Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Jake
We believe that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God. We believe that marriage may be eternal through exercise of the power of the everlasting priesthood in the house of the Lord. We believe that marriage between a man and a woman is the way that God would have us live. This is a very sensitive subject because there are alot of people out there that struggle with this. We all know some. But if a person is truly and honestly searching for help all they have to do is take a step back and turn to the scriptures. Start at the beginning of time. Who did God first call to the earth to have children multiply? Adam and Eve (not Adam and Steve). He put those two people on the earth so they could marry and have the ability to have children. When a man and a man, or a women and a women, get together it is defeating God’s true purpose and nature of allowing children to come into this life. God’s work and glory is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. How can he do either of those if men and women are not allowing his children to come to earth? Paul in the bible even talked on the subject that homosexuality is a sin against God and should not be done (Romans 1:24-32). In the Old Testament it says it bluntly, "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination" (Leviticus 20:13). The bottom line is that God did not intend for homosexuality to be a part of life. God’s way is a man and a woman together. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Jake
In the early 1800's there was a young 14 year old boy living in upstate New York, where which he lived humble life, working on a farm with his family. This boy's name was Joseph Smith. At this point in time there was a religious excitement going on in his small town. All the religions were arguing with one another on who was right and who was wrong. Joseph Smith became very concerned with the welfare of his soul. He wanted to make sure he joined the one true church. He turned to the Bible for answers. He read a verse in the Book of James which reads, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5). Never had a scripture hit him so hard. He finally knew that if he wanted an answer on which church to join he must ask God himself, and that’s what he did. In the early spring of 1820 Joseph Smith went into a grove of trees by his house, knelt down with a humble heart, and began to pray to his Heavenly Father. A miraculous event happened. In his own words he explains, "I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!". This is the First Vision, and I know it happened! Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Jake
When Paul wrote his first epistle to the Corinthians he stated "If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are." (1 Corinthians 3:17) "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. (1 Corinthians 6:20). To put in in shorter terms, Heavenly Father gave us all bodies as a gift! These bodies are given to help us make choices, feel emotion, and to experience our life here on earth. God did not intend for us to misuse our gifts by hurting ourselves. What is the benefit of drinking coffee, tea, or alcohol? Sure I bet they give yall a good buzz every now and then. Haha but so does a Pepsi? What are the long term benefits for drinking these things? Bad teeth and accidents? Haha I don’t know about you but that doesn’t sound very fun to me? Then again I cannot say because I’ve never tried it. But from what I’ve heard from my friends they all regret it eventually. Our "proper heath diet" consists of candy...cake...soda...all sorts of junk food... Haha ok I’m just kidding! Don’t get offline thinking Mormons are all like super fat! We believe in keeping our bodies as healthy as we can. We eat our fruits and veggies, with a mix of a healthy amount of grains and meats (yes we eat bacon). We also believe a good amount of exercise is good too. Thats why we have CHURCH BASKETBALL. But even with all that we all still go through our physical challenges like everyone else. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Jake
What would be the purpose of life if it just ENDED when we die? Everything we worked for while we were living would have been for nothing! That sounds pretty lame to me. God put each of us here on earth for a reason. Even though alot of us don’t want to admit it (me) we have been placed in our families for a reason too (try being the oldest of 10! see, you already feel better about your life haha). We are sent here to learn and grow with our families. We are sent to gain experience on how things work, what are interests are, what emotions feel like, and so much more. But what would all these things do for us if we just DIED? Nothing! God prepared a way, through Jesus Christ’s atonement, to return to live with him again (Romans 8:17). Everything we learn here is to benefit us in the next life. We are to learn to get along with our families cause get what... we will eventually live with them FOREVER (haha, payback for eternity! jk). With all joking aside, that really is something that I will look forward to. Nothing means more to me than my family, and I am so grateful that I will get to live with them forever. And to have the knowledge and experience in heaven I guess is just a bonus for me that will prepare me for eternity. Jesus Christ taught His Apostles that in His Father’s house are “many mansions” (John 14:2). So after this life, party at my place (also jk)? We believe that if we keep the commandments of God we will have eternal life. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Jake
Uh... Heck NO!!! Haha have you ever had more than one girlfriend at a time? Yeah... it doesn’t work! Even though I’m not married I still couldn’t imagine having more than one wife!!!!! At one time in the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints they did practice polygamy. The main purpose of them practicing it was because the lord had commanded them to for a reason. He asked some of the early saints to practice polygamy only because of the circumstances people were in. During that time there were alot of women who lost their husbands in the 1800’s. Women back then couldn’t get jobs to support for themselves and their families. The Lord asked the early saints to practice polygamy so they could marry these women to allow them the chance to keep their lands and have support for their families. As soon as they were able to support themselves, the lord through revelation, discontinued the practice of polygamy. Anyone found still practicing polygamy is NOT affiliated with the church today. If you think of it polygamy isn’t something that we haven’t seen the lord put into place for his children. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, and even Solomon all had multiple wives. And boy do I feel bad for them... I could only imagine what they went through. But let’s face it; it’s not uncommon all throughout the bible history. God did call righteous men to fulfill the hardest tasks. One of t hose tasks was to marry more than one person, and he commanded them so with a purpose in mind. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Jake
Simply the Law of Chastity is a law given by God to keep ourselves morally clean! Look around you in the world today. How much sexual activity is going outside the bonds of marriage? It happens EVERYWHERE! This isn’t what God intended for us to do with these sacred gifts. The power to create life is a God given gift that should be treated and used very carefully. This gift creates life. The only other power that can do that is the power that God has himself. We must not misuse that power for it is very sacred. So in order for us to keep this privilege pure, God has given us laws and blessings that follow. Simply the Law of Chastity is given to keep ourselves morally clean! This includes obtaining from ANY sexual relationships outside the bonds of marriage. This also means we abstain from any immoral acts such as looking at pornography, and homosexuality.... uh... talk about gross! Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that these things draw us away from our Heavenly father. These things destroy homes and families. By avoiding these dangerous activities, the Lord blesses us with innumerable things. Safety, Happiness, Peace, and Self-respect. By obeying this law it also deepens marriage relationships, and strengthens and protects family bonds. It is hard sometimes. It’s all around us. on our TV screen, on our radios, posted all over the internet... and many more places where these temptations are found, but by obeying this law the lord blesses us. Show more Show less