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Hi I'm Jake

I grew up in Upstate New York, I attend Utah State University, I am serving a mission in Rome Italy! I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in a really small town in Upstate New York, really close to the Canadian border. There aren't a lot of LDS people there and so I didn't have many friends that were LDS, in fact there was only one other person in my High School that was Mormon! I grew up Catholic but not super active and my Mom was a member of the church but was inactive. When I was twelve years old and my parents had divorced my Mom decided to take us to church and I was hooked! I loved the way the people made me feel and the spirit I was able to feel by learning of God's commandments and being surrounded by people who helped invite the spirit into my life! My sister and I got baptized in 2009 and I've been active ever since! When I graduated High School in 2014 there was a great missionary that talked me into applying to Utah State University in Logan, I applied, got accepted, got a scholarship and soon made the decision to pick up my life and move more than 2,000 miles away from home. I've been at USU for almost two years now and I am halfway done with a degree in Biology with the hope of going to Medical School and becoming an Emergency room doctor, but I am putting that on hold to serve a full-time two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint... the Mormons! I am serving in the Italy Rome Mission and I love it!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because God loves me and without the Church of Jesus Christ and the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit I would not know that. I am a Mormon because it makes me a better person and helps me to make good choices as I go through everyday life. I know that this Church is true and that it was restored to the Earth by a a prophet named Joseph Smith, that there is a prophet on the Earth today- President Thomas S. Monson and under Jesus Christ's direction together they guide our Heavenly Father's disciples back to him. I am a Mormon because there is more to life than life and death, we are here to work hard and to prove our love to our Heavenly Father. I am a Mormon because it gives me hope that one day I will be able to live again with my family. I am a Mormon because I love Jesus Christ and my Heavenly Father!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by proving to myself and my Heavenly Father that I am grateful for the opportunities he has given me! I love missionary work and am serving in the Italy Rome Mission! I also work hard to complete my Family History and perform ordinances in the temple for them so that I can be anxiously engaged in the Lord's work and once again be able to live with my family. I have been blessed with opportunities to teach investigators to the church in a basic gospel principles class as well as serve in leadership callings in my ward and stake. These opportunities have taught me so much and confirmed to me that this is the Lord's work and we are here to do it!