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Hi I'm Jake

I am a father of 4 and grandfather of 5. I drive a truck for a living and ride a bike for fun. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live an active life style. I work, train for triathlons, spend time with my family and extended family. I enjoy many hobbies, but struggle finding time to get to all of them. Hiking and camping used to be the major activities in my life until I changed jobs and started working swing shift. That ended the Friday night campouts. Since that time I met a group of cyclists and began riding. That has become the best fitness program of my life. That grew into learning to swim and training to run so I could enter a triathlon. I decided I wanted to do an ironman and began the rigorous training. After a year of training, my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. Needless to say that rearranged our priorities. Training is seldom and "us time" is the new priority. We have spent the last 8 months at doctor's appointments, surgeries, tests and so forth. We just finished chemo and radiation and now we are awaiting more surgeries and hormone therapy. This trial has brought our family much closer together and brought us much closer to the Lord. We have seen his hand in many areas of our lives and been blessed by Him throughout this struggle. He has answered many prayers immediately thru the voice of others like doctors and nurses and at other times we have had to muddle thru and show our faith thru perseverance to find our answers. He has never left us alone and has brought us up in our darkest hours. We have received much comfort thru prayer and Priesthood blessings.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it is God's restored church on the earth. It is the only church that has the entire gospel. Every church I have visited and most the people I have met are good. They all have a part of the gospel or light of Christ, but this is the only church that has the whole package. I have learned where I came from, why I am here and where I will be going when my time is done here on earth. I have the priesthood so I can bless my wife as well as the rest of my family and others in times of trial or sickness. We have a prophet today, just like in times of old. He talks to God and receives revelation for us in these troubling times. Because of these revelations from the prophets I have been much better prepared to confront the trials of everyday life. We have lived within our means so I can spend more time with my wife and her treatments rather than having to work a ton of hours. We grow a garden to supplement our food supply and get healthier food. We have extra food, clothes and fuel put away which has really helped on those days when my wife just wasn't up to going shopping. It has also helped a few years back when my company went out of business and I had to look for a new job. I guess the biggest reason of all why I am a Mormon is that I have read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it. I know the Bible and the Book of Mormon are the word of God. They give us direction on how to live our lives and I believe it. I try to teach it to my children so they can have the life that God has planned for them also.

How I live my faith

I am active in my community and church. I work with emergency communications for our church as well as for our community. We try to license ham radio operators to be able to better communicate with different areas of our community as well as try to train them as to how radios work and what they can do. In a real emergency we know that phones will be inoperable and ham radio will more than likely be the only reliable means of communication. We try to be prepared to provide communications for the church leadership as well as for hospitals, police, fire and whatever else the city/county needs us to do. The church believes in taking care of its own. Part of this program includes each member visiting a few other members each month to make sure that their needs are being filled. This has been a great blessing in my family. I am able to help other families monthly with things they need, but it goes both ways. I receive help, whether it be physical or spiritual with my family's needs. We have received many prayers, meals, visits, encouragement and so forth since the cancer diagnosis. We help and are helped!

In whom should we have faith?

Jake
You must have faith in God and HIs Son, Jesus Christ. You must do more than merely believe that they exist. You must push out fear and replace it with faith, confidence. Continue on thru your struggles knowing that God will be there to help you thru the hard times and preparing you for the next set of stuggles coming your way. Show more Show less