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Hi I'm Jake

I'm a proud Texan. I love talking to everyone... heck, I just plain love everyone! I'm an enthusiast. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 21 yrs old, the oldest of 5 kids, and I'm serving a full time mission in the Washington, Spokane Mission. I love playing sports and working out as often as I can. You know, I just love to work! I ride my bike everywhere as a missionary and that builds character. I am fully into sports of any kind, although being competitive is another issue, which is why I don't play for school. I just like to have fun and stay social. I love talking to lots of people and all of the jobs I have had throughout my life have let me do just that. I've been a Waiter (which is by far my most favorite job I've had) a Cashier at a Hispanic Food Mart, a Census Worker, a Clerk for a Veterinary Hospital, a Floor Model for Aeropostale, a Pool Technician (in other words, I tested the chemicals of the pool and made sure that it was clean and chemically balanced) and a contractor/full-time worker for my Dad who bought and remodeled houses. Besides working a lot, I enjoy many different hobbies, including: Building stuff from pieces of wood, Photography, writing Poems as well as stories, Climbing trees, rocks, telephone poles, and everything else =) , Playing Sports, Hiking, Fishing, occasionally gaming with my friends and little brothers, Spending time with all my friends and family, and last but not least, teaching people about the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Life is really very short and there is so much that we can accomplish with it, we need to pursue those things that will be worthwhile!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the Church but i fell away a little bit when I was 18, did some things that I wasn't supposed to and regret those decisions I made. However, because of the teachings of Jesus Christ, I was able to get back on track and turn my life around. I have a strong testimony of the Gospel and the Atonement of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because I know of the importance that the Gospel can be in the lives of those that use it. Jesus Christ is our Savior and I say "Let us all press on!" (Hymn #243) , let us proudly declare the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the World! It has been restored in these the last days, the foundation of Prophets and Apostles and the Priesthood power have been cemented never again to be taken from the Earth until Christ comes to reign in His Glory, revelation spreads forth from the mouths of His servants to the blessing of all the Children of Israel. I say "We are all enlisted" (Hymn #250) so we will stand and face Satan and his armies and wield the sword of Truth and "sound forth the trump" for all to hear the Words of God. Zion will gather together once more!

How I live my faith

I'm a missionary! Besides that though, I talk to everyone and try to help them understand the role that Jesus Christ plays in each of our lives. He loves us enough to have died for us on the cross at Calvary, He suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane so that "He would know how to succor His Children" , He dedicated His life to service for everyone. If then Christ can do all this just to be spat on and persecuted in order to "fulfill all righteousness" , why can't I give these 2 years to the glorious and perfect work that is moving forward? I am a servant of the Lord and as long as follow the council of His Chosen Leaders and live according to the commandments that we read of in the Scriptures, through ancient and modern day Prophets and Apostles, as long as I choose to be an example of the name that I take upon myself every Sunday, the name of Christ, as long as I live the standards of a Disciple and continue to seek after the things that are "virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy" (13th Article of Faith) I will be able to have the help of God in my life and be as "the Army of Helaman" (see Alma 36, Book of Mormon). Also, I think that everyone who can (don't be lazy people) should share their testimonies with as many of God's children as we can. One of these great ways is through this website!!! Mormon.org!!! Make one!!! (That means YOU, my family, friends in G1 ward, and those I have talked to about it. You know who you are.)

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Well what is the Bible? Is it not the Word of God? Does it not hold the sacred writings of the Prophets and Apostles that divinely witness of his being? Does it now also provide teachings that lead us toward Eternal Life and help us to become the best People we can possibly be? (that is if we follow these principles) Yes of course we believe in the Bible, it is the first in the books of our "Standard Works" , and contains as does the Book of Mormon, the fulness of the Everlasting Gospel. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

If you want to know what it's like, call the local missionaries and have them take you on a Church Tour! It is a 15-30 min tour that goes over a regular Sunday meeting and the basic Doctrines of the Church. Yes visitors are welcome! As a missionary, I have gotten that question a lot and I wonder where they get that information from, because as members of the Church, we encourage any and all to come and find out for themselves. There is a joy and love in sharing the Gospel with your friends and co-workers and family and acquaintances, everyone! Feel very welcome to ask any of your Mormon friends if you can come to Church with them. I will guarantee they will be excited! For any other questions, call your local missionaries and ask about a Church Tour, very informative! Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Are Mormons Christians? really? That question shouldn't even be on here. Of course we're Christians!!! Look at the name of the Church, The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints. hmmm, I guess that screams CHRISTIAN doesn't it? Jesus said to His people in the New Testament, "...by their fruits ye shall know them..." and that applies to ALL of His people. For any other questions, call your local missionaries and ask about a Church Tour, very informative! Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Thomas S Monson is the Lord's Prophet on the Earth today who recieves direct revelation for His people. For any other questions, call your local missionaries and ask about a Church Tour, very informative! Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

We perform baptisms by proxy for those that have passed on, only using their name for the ordinance. There is no secret tunnels or bringing in ashes or corpses, thats preposterous. Really. Whoever started those rumors obviously didn't have any common sense. Proxy baptisms are done because the ordinance is essential for salvation, the reason why Jesus Christ did it himself. And no, those proxy baptisms are NOT added to the records of the Church. For any other questions, call your local missionaries and ask about a Church Tour, very informative! Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Well, since it is The Church of --- JESUS CHRIST --- of Latter Day Saints, Jesus Christ chooses the Prophet of His Church. if it was any other way, such as an election or eenie meenie miney moe game, it wouldn't work and it certainly wouldn't be His Church now would it? Once a Prophet passes away, the quorum of the Twelve Apostles gather in the Lord's House (the Temple) and fast and pray so they can be inspired as to who the Lord has decided to choose next to lead His people. I know that Pres. Thomas Spencer Monson has been called to lead Christ's Church in these days. I know that Jesus Christ is still the head of His Church just as He had established it when He was here on Earth and even before He came. I will continue to testify of these things until the day that I leave this world and return to live with Our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less