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Hi I'm Jake Johnson

I was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland. I've taught public school for 39 years now. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After serving my mission on the Navajo Reservation in the late '60's, I went back to school, got my B.S. degree in Elementary Education and have been teaching ever since. I taught for 30 years in Frederick County, Maryland. After retiring from that teaching career, I then taught for two years on the Navajo Reservation before settling down in northwest Arizona, where I'm again teaching computer software applications. I remarried in 2005. My wife, who is Chinese and immigrated from Hong Kong, and I are having fun living in this part of the country.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church. I've always known it is true, that it is built upon the true gospel of Jesus Christ, and that the restored priesthood is the main reason and authority for the church's existence. After being inactive for a number of years -- from my late 20's to my late 40's -- I had a couple of "defining moments" that "re-centered" my life. I had felt that I needed to return to complete activity again, but my uncle's passing, and then my father's passing "kicked" me in the seat of my conscience, worked on my moral compass, and helped me restart my activity in the church again. Rather than focusing on all the lost time, and how much I had missed during those 20 years, a very wise and inspired Bishop emphasized that I needed to get pointed in the right direction, not dwell on the past loses, and work on my continued progression. The church is everything to me.

How I live my faith

Before I left Maryland in 2003, I spent about two years serving on my local town council. It was my way to serving my community. In my current, I as the assistant ward (congregation) clerk -- working on membership and finance issues. I also, because of my love of music -- thank goodness my mom shared that trait with me -- am active in the ward choir, and serve as the ward choir president (glorified "go-fer", but I love it! I also recently participated in the Mohave Community Choir for two years, but had to discontinue my participation when my night-class teaching duties interferred with that schedule.

How does the Church finance its operations?

Jake Johnson
All monies to finance the church's operations come directly and solely from donations from the members to the church as tithes and fast offerings. Most members give freely and happily. Besides donating money, the majority of the members also donate time and energy in the areas of service and service projects, assistance, and through various other means. All church offices, positions and callings are strictly on a non-paid basis. There is no paid clergy in the church. All monies spent help support the operations of the church, and go to worthy and righteous causes. Show more Show less