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Hi I'm Jake

I grew up in Philadelphia. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like to think I'm a man of many interests. I love the performing arts. Singing, acting, dancing, writing music, and playing instruments are routine activities in my home. I also very much enjoy discussing politics and policy, and I love debating ideas with my peers and friends. Last month, I broke my hand playing intramural football with my buddies, and last year I injured my hip flexor while snowboarding (so yeah, I'm very accident prone). My favorite pastimes include thinking, sleeping, and keeping an eye on the world's developments in science and technology. I have just completed my Junior year at the prestigious BYU university (it's prestigious to me, anyway), and I plan to finishing my degree in Business Strategy next winter.

Why I am a Mormon

When people ask me this question, my response is sometimes confusing.... I'm a Mormon because of scientific method. The dictionary definition of "scientific method" is as follows: a method of procedure that has characterized natural science since the 17th century, consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses. Each of these "steps" have there own set of rules and separate definitions, but the main idea is that we must do the following to develop logical theories: - Ask a question - Develop a hypothesis - Perform an unbiased experiment - Modify previous beliefs to reflect what truths you discovered in experimentation At age 16, I became a text-book agnostic, if not atheist. I read the research and arguments made by so-called "intellectuals," and I reservedly debated with my parents and peers on their behalf. I did not want to hurt those I loved, but I would not nor could I believe something that I could argue with (something without "obvious evidence"). So I continued to read and ponder the debates of militant atheists and religious doubters. After turning 19, I was forced to address the issue of serving a mission. My parents discussed my doubts with me, and I finally opened up to them. I boldly explained that I could not, in good faith, serve a mission without some sure evidence to provide to my investigators. My father, a dedicated researcher, suggested that I use the same method as scientists to find my answer. He promised me that if I sincerely asked a question, formed a hypothesis, and then act as the scriptures suggest I act, I would receive an undeniable witness of the truth (evidence). So, as every truth-seeker should, I am performing the experiment. Now, I am serving as a missionary in Monterrey, Mexico.

How I live my faith

Today, I strive to find opportunities to do as the scriptures suggest. I continually look for ways for God to show his existence and love to me, and I am never disappointed. I work with my church to serve the elderly and less fortunate. I ask questions, I study my scriptures daily, I ponder my doubts and ask for answers, I pay tithing, and listen to the instruction of church leaders. I am humbled by the dedication and love expressed by others in the church, and I aspire to become more like them

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. It does not compete or diminish the bible, but acts to supplement its words with another witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ. The stories and words written therein are a compilation of sacred and useful testimonies, sermons, visions, and historical annotations. I would strongly recommend it to anyone who is trying to answer questions about life. Honestly, it's amazing how many times I have been able to receive answers to some of the most terrifying and confusing questions. I have come to have faith in the words written in the Book of Mormon as I have made the choice to follow the answers that I feel as I read it. God does not expect us to follow blindly, but evidence of his existence must be earned through our dedication to finding that evidence. It cannot not simply be handed to us. Use his holy book to find the evidence. Show more Show less