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Hi I'm Jake Lipman

I am married to a great lady and have seven children. I'm an immigration attorney and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Martinez, California and had great parents. Although they did not raise me to be religious, they taught me a lot of important principles like compassion, service and thriftiness. I'm grateful for a happy childhood and for all that my parents have done and continue to do for me. I also grew up with several special friends including my brother, Aaron. I've been so lucky to be surrounded with wonderful people my whole life.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child I had always felt grounded and loved. I remember a few spiritual experiences in my early life and as I grew up, I didn't know how to interpret those things. And, as a teenager I developed a lot of questions about the purpose of life. I felt like there was more to the universe than what I had learned in school and that life must have a purpose. My mom's side of the family were mostly Mormon, but I didn't really know too much about it. They were great people and I had always had great memories of holidays and other good times with my grandparents, cousins and other relatives. When I was a Junior in high school, I started talking with a family friend who had had a lot of knowledge about God, the scriptures and personal spiritual experiences. Since I didn't really have any belief in God, he was slowly able to help me develop faith. First in God, then in Jesus Christ and later he challenged me to read the Bible and the Book of Mormon. He told me that I needed to learn more about the religion of my ancestors which included the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on my mom's side and Judaism on my dad's. Eventually, my friend challenged me to do something with my life and said that I should join the Peace Corps and serve a mission for the church. When he said that I should consider being a missionary, I felt a powerful spirit telling me that was what I needed to do. A few of my friends were members of the Mormon church and I asked if I could start attending with them. They were happy to have me come out with them. After a few months, at the age of 19, I was baptized and after another year left to serve a mission in the Dominican Republic.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the church has blessed my life in just about every way. I've learned so many things and had so many opportunities to grow. I love the music in the church. The church leaders are inspired and give wonderful advice about how to live during these challenging times. I've enjoyed being a father and trying to help my children learn to follow Jesus Christ. Each member of our family is unique and brings something special to the party :) My wife is always doing amazing things that make me grateful for the choice we made to get married. It's certainly not easy to raise a large family, but it's been a great experience and we feel like we're following the Lord's plan to prepare a people who will be ready to welcome the Savior when he returns to reign on the earth. I daily pray and look for opportunities to serve others. I'm hoping that I will always live up to the blessings and responsibilities that have been given to me as a member of the church.