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Hi I'm Jake

I love sports, and I love to sing, act, and dance. I'm serving a full-time mission in New Jersey. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm nineteen years old and am serving a mission for the Mormon church in New Jersey. I love to tell people about my beliefs because they are the source of my happiness!  I also love sports. Ever since I was little I could be seen throwing, kicking, or hitting a ball. Baseball is my favorite sport. I even played a little bit in high school. I come from a family of 7 kids. Some may think that with that many children running around, one might get "lost in the shuffle" or not cared for enough. My home life is quite the contrary. My family- including my parents- are my best friends. I love spending time with them! Another interest of mine is the performing arts. I recently had the opportunity to put those talents to use for the Church. I auditioned for, was selected for, and served a performance mission in Nauvoo, Illinois this past summer. For 3 1/2 months I was blessed to share, through song, dance, and drama, my belief in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as Restored by the Prophet Joseph Smith. Serving that mission has been my greatest joy in life so far. I feel so blessed to be serving another mission- a two year mission- spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ!

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents grew up in the church, and therefore I was born into the church. Ever since I can remember my family has attended church every Sunday, read the holy scriptures, and has held family prayer. My love for Jesus Christ and His gospel began at a young age. Young children in the church attend a junior sunday school program on Sunday, and when I was a younger kid, I also attended. In that class and at home, my love for God and His Son Jesus Christ began to grow. As life went on, challenges arose. My freshman year of high school presented itself as a definite struggle. I was surrounded by unclean language and bad peer influences, and even struggled with my belief in the church. But now I know the eternal importance of those doubts and troubles of my heart. When I doubted and struggled, I turned to the Lord in humble prayer and read the scriptures. Since I had been humbled by my difficulties, I was able to be taught valuable lessons about faith, hope, and the love of God for me. I learned that year how much God loves me. I also learned of the paramount importance of the Atonement, or sacrifice of Jesus Christ, my Savior. He loved me enough to die for me. Every time I do right, and every time I do wrong, but return to Him through repentance, I feel encircled about by His love. I continue to live in accordance with the commandments because I know that's what the Lord wants me to do. I also know that by so living, I will feel the most happy. I find joy in living my Mormon values. I know that many people think that our beliefs are too strict, or even unneccesary. I believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ shouldn't be easy. It takes sacrifice to return to the presence of God, just like it took sacrifice and blood from every pour for Jesus Christ to atone for our sins. It wasn't easy for Him. Why should it be easy for us? For these reasons and for thousands of others, I'm grateful to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have been able to serve in many jobs (or "callings" as they're called in the church) in the church since I was young. As a twelve year-old boy I was called to be the President of a group of 12-13 year-old boys. We organized activities and tried to make sure all of the members of our group were included. It was my privilege to serve in similar capacities as a 14 year-old and a 17 year-old. At fourteen I began serving as a "home teacher" with my dad. We had the opportunity of visiting families in our ward (congregation) and to provide for any needs they might have. We would also always share a message from a church magazine that would strengthen the spirituality of the family we were visiting. On several occasions we rendered service by praying for individuals of the families who were in need, or doing physical labor such as helping some of "our families" move in or out of their homes. Home teaching with my father was always something I looked forward to doing. At the young age of 16 I was blessed with the calling of being the ward organist-playing the accompaniment for congregational hymns during our Sacrament Meetings held on Sundays. I was also very privileged this past summer to serve a performance mission in Nauvoo, Illinois- an important and sacred area of early church history. It was a rare opportunity to share my beliefs through performances for thousands of visitors who came to the city to learn of the Church. I have also been blessed, upon returning home from Nauvoo, to have been called on a two-year mission to share my beliefs with the Spanish-speaking people of New Jersey. I cannot wait to learn Spanish so that I can share with those people the marvelous joys of living the gospel of Jesus Christ.