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Hi I'm Jake

I'm from Gainesville, Florida. I am a Florida High School Athletic Association Scholar Athlete of the Year. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in North Carolina, but have grown up in several different places on the East Coast including Virginia, Maryland, and most recently Florida. I graduated in 2014 and attended BYU for one year before deciding to serve a mission. I'm currently serving in Taipei, Taiwan. I am the oldest of three brothers and I love playing and watching all kinds of sports. I played football and soccer and swam in high school. But my favorite sport by far is lacrosse. I've played since I was three years old and now I play for BYU.

Why I am a Mormon

I was very blessed to have been born into a Mormon family. My mom's family has been active in the Church for generations and my dad converted to the church when he was twenty three years old after being raised Catholic. I was baptized at the age of eight. In the first half of my life, I trusted the testimonies of my parents and the things they taught me at church. But as I grew older and became more accountable, my testimony grew piece by piece. I am far from perfect, but I have always tried to remember to turn to my Heavenly Father for strength and guidance, because I know I couldn't handle everything life throws at us on my own. I am so grateful for the Gospel in my life. I have no idea where I would be without it. Serving a mission has been unique challenge in and of itself. At some point, you have to ask yourself why you are here, because giving up everything you once know for two years cannot be done without a personal testimony. I know the Lord has guided me every step of the way and have had so many experiences, both uplifting and frustrating, that have all been for my own good. He has silenced my doubts and as I turn to him and try to do what He wants me to do, I can see the difference in my life. I know that as we lose ourselves in the service of others, we become more like Christ and desire to be a better person. I also know that the Book of Mormon is true. It is truly the keystone of our religion and testifies of Christ and the restoration of the gospel. I know that when we sincerely ask God to know of its truth, he gives it to us. It may not come all at once or when we expect it, but it will come.

How I live my faith

I have often served as a leader in my age group over the course of the past six years. In my ward in college, I served as a Sunday School teacher. I appreciate how the Church gives us all responsibility and opportunities to grow spiritually by serving others throughout our lives. I have always known that serving a mission is something I wanted to do, but I haven't really known why until I came to understand and know the gospel truths that we teach for myself. Now that I do, I am so grateful to be serving the Lord and teaching the people of Taiwan the same principles that have given me such happiness and guidance throughout my life.