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Hi I'm Jake

I am a college graduate and small business owner. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Tempe Az, the youngest of 8 children. I was a husky kid all the way through adolescence. This was and still is one of the great challenges of my life. As a result, I find myself constantly learning how to better my health. I spend much of my time being active and building strength. Also I spend a lot of effort on my nutrition. It is still a challenge, however I have learned so much and am grateful for who I've become. I have maintained a wait loss of 70 pounds of fat for 10 years now. The most important thing I have learned through it all, is no matter what goal I set, it is crucial to find joy while working towards it.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel deeply blessed to have been born to loving parents who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They taught me from a young age important values which, I believe, when followed individually are essential to societies' collective welfare. I don't believe what I believe simply because of my parents traditions, though that was my foundation. Rather, as I've grown older and became sound of mind, I have been diligent in confirming the truths I was taught. And through much trial and testing I have come to know without any doubt that they are just that, truth. Just as we try ourselves by resisting weight in the gym and over time coupled with proper nourishment we experience muscle hypertrophy and trimming of excess fat, we can test and try the principles and doctrine of the gospel of Jesus Christ against the resistance of the world and feel increased peace, joy, and become stronger emotionally and physically and the trimming of pride, selfishness and sin. It changes everything about us including increase in self discipline to keep commitments based on true principles, which breeds happiness.

How I live my faith

It has been a great experience to be an active member of the Church. I have worked with many people both as individuals and in large groups. I have taught congregations and Sunday school classes. I have taught other teachers and priesthood bearers. I have visited many who were sick and in need. As a result of the values I was taught as a young person, it has given me a desire to serve all those around me, I have given much service to my community, both politically and spiritually. I tell myself that a small trivial moment, such as smiling at a stranger, or letting another driver into my lane can change the course of their life.