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Hi I'm Jake

I'm a future doctor, a current disciple of Christ, and a past skeptic of faith. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from Brigham Young University after serving a two-year mission for my church. Then I was blessed to marry my wife. Five days after we married, I packed everything into a four-door car and followed her to Houston, where I worked for one year as a paralegal. Then, together we set off on a new adventure, and I am now pursing my favorite career as a husband and father, while laboring as a medical student on the side. I someday hope to become an eye surgeon. My favorite verse of the Book of Mormon is reflective of my blessings, when God said, "...And men are, that they might have joy." -2 Nephi 2:25.

Why I am a Mormon

When I finally gave the Bible and the Book of Mormon a chance, I began to read from them and pray to ask God if the message within them was true. That is the most interesting challenge that members of our church are given: ask God if it is all true, if Jesus Christ lived and died and lived again for us, if the Bible and the Book of Mormon are inspired books, if Joseph Smith really did become the first prophet in our day and fulfill the same role that prophets of the past always filled. I asked if all these things were true, and for a long time I didn't think that I was getting an answer to my prayers. After a while, I began to feel that God wanted me to give His commandments a "test drive." I felt that, in return for doing as God asked, He would answer my prayers. However, if I refused to do the things that God asked of me, then my disrespect for God's commandments would make me unable to hear and understand His answers to my prayers. This idea is found in John 7:17. In that verse, Jesus said, "If any man will do His (God's) will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." What Jesus meant by that is, "If you do as God asks, then you will know whether the things I've said are really from God, or whether I am making this up." It is Christ's challenge to us to live by what He taught so that we can find out if the things He taught truly are from God. I took this challenge, and I used it on the Bible, on the Book of Mormon, and on the teachings of living prophets today. It is difficult to describe how God answered my prayers, but since that first treasured memory of a burning happiness and peace in my heart, He has answered my prayers over and over again. Perhaps it would be better to say, He was answering my prayers all along, but I have finally learned how to listen. I know that Jesus lives, and I know that He answers prayers, because He answered mine.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by repenting. Many people feel that being asked to repent is a negative thing, that it means we are bad people. On the contrary, God taught that we are all His sons and daughters, which makes us all good people. Jesus Christ devoted everything He had, in life, in death, and in life after death so that we could repent. I feel like being asked to repent is one of the nicest things He has ever done for us, because it means that He cares enough about us to help us be more than we could on our own. Repentance makes it possible to live up to what we really are: children of the Almighty God. I live my faith by regularly visiting the homes of other members of my church to help however needed, and they do the same for me. I pray and study the scriptures every day, and try to put aside my own desires to follow God's will. For example, I donate to a church food bank every month instead of spending that money on "must-have" new gadgets. I enjoy teaching those who are not members of my church about my faith. We are all teachers and learners helping each other out.