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Hi I'm Jake

I'm from Virginia. I coach youth sports. I'm in Medical School. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am in med school. I like to play and watch sports. I even coached football and basketball for a couple years. I was once ranked number 3 in the world on Angry Birds. I am single and in my mid twenties. I want to be an orthopedic surgeon. I grew up in the suburbs of DC, served a two-year mission in Peru, graduated from BYU, and am now in med school. The gospel has blessed my life immensely and I cannot (or do not want to) imagine where I would be without it.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up in an LDS family, I did not gain a conviction of my own until I served a mission for the Church. I found that the more I obeyed the mission rules and the commandments, the more I was able to feel the Holy Ghost. Through reading the Book of Mormon and praying to know if it was true, I was able to gain a conviction of my own, or in other words, my testimony. I had many faith promoting experiences on my mission, but what my testimony really comes down to is the fact that I obeyed, read, and prayed. Once I did that I knew the Church was true, but that's not enough. Since then, I have had to continue to obey, read, and pray, in order to maintain my testimony. If it's not getting bigger, it's getting smaller.

How I live my faith

I was recently asked to serve as a Sunday School teacher in my ward. I enjoy teaching the principles of the Gospel because it helps motivate me to work harder on applying them in my own life. Although I have many friends that are not members of my Church, I stay true to my beliefs but do not impose my beliefs on them.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Jake
A lot of ancient prophets in the Americas recorded teachings of God in the Book of Mormon. That's why it's called "another testament" of Jesus Christ. Because the Bible is one testament and the Book of Mormon is another. It is incorrect to say that Joseph Smith wrote the Book of Mormon. He was entrusted with the ancient records of the people in the Americas, which he then translated into the English language in what is now known as The Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Jake
Anything appropriate. They won't talk politics and they won't argue with you. But if you have legitimate questions about life or our faith, then they will let you guide the conversation. If you just want to learn from them, then they have a few messages they would love to share. As a missionary in Peru, we taught the people about Jesus Christ and His Atonement for all people. We taught about the big picture of where we came from, where we're going, and what we're doing on earth. We talked about our church and how we have authority from God. And we always talked about families. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Jake
God. He reveals it to the leaders of the Church just as He did when David became King. Since Heavenly Father knows everything, He definitely planned ahead. Joseph Smith was the first Prophet of this dispensation. He was followed by Brigham Young and ever since then, the senior Apostle has become the next President of the Church when the current president passes away. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Jake
A testimony is a private conviction that each member personally receives about a specific truth of the gospel. For example, I have a testimony that The Book of Mormon is a true book. That means that I know it's true. I know that because I read it and prayed to know it was true. After receiving an answer through the Holy Ghost, I gained a testimony of the Book of Mormon. That simple testimony is the basis of my life. It give me so much knowledge of my Savior and His plan. It helps me know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is exactly that: Christ's Church. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Jake
While I was on my mission, my parents paid $400.00 per month (the standard rate at the time) to the Church-wide Mission Fund. Money from this pool was used to support me as well as each of the other 53,000 missionaries serving at the time. Money we missionaries did not need was returned to the fund. I also spent some of my own money while I was serving. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Jake
No. The only restrictions are based on personal behavior. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Jake
Calming. Being a Mormon is just like being anyone else, with a few large differences. The main difference from what I can tell is "the gift of the Holy Ghost." This gift is basically the right to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost with you as long as you are living worthy of His company. I cannot express in words how great a blessing that is. He brings so much comfort, knowledge, and guidance to your life. Additionally, the knowledge of the plan of salvation (where we came from, why we're here, where we're going) grants an eternal perspective that can ease the pain of the trials we face in this life. The lifestyle I lead is different than that of many of my classmates. I do not drink, do drugs, or party. I obey the law of chastity. And by doing so, I am able to have the Holy Ghost with me. I wouldn't give that up for the world. Let alone for something that is of the world. That's how much the gift means to me. Though my lifestyle may seem like a sacrifice to many who don't know me super well, it actually brings me happiness and joy. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Jake
Jesus Christ. He founded this church the same way he founded it through Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, and Moses: by calling a prophet and giving them authority to carry out ordinances in His name. Each time He founded it through one of them (His prophets) the church thrived for a while and then fell into apostasy, or in other words, the people lost the true teachings and authority that He had granted them. And so, years after the apostasy, when the world was ready, Jesus Christ would once again organize His church on the earth. This pattern continued for ages. After the apostasy that followed Moses' dispensation, Christ Himself came to Earth to reorganize His church. And after the apostasy that followed His dispensation, He restored that very same church through Joseph Smith, just like He did with past prophets. After all, God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. We are now in the dispensation of the fulness of times and the truth will not be lost from the face of the earth again. Show more Show less