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Hi I'm Jake

I love to exercise, get pumped up by music, and spend time outdoors with friends and family. I am a Mormon!

About Me

I come from a family of 6, and am the second oldest of 4 siblings. Sports have always been something I've loved. I participated in tackle football, basketball, and track at a brand new high school. Over time I also started to become interested in student council (or student government) to become more active in the activities at my school. Music has always pumped me up, so I wanted to be a part of planning dances, spirit weeks, and overall tried to establish some school pride as Student Body President. Sometimes I was able to MC assemblies and even DJ at lunch time. I had the opportunity to be the first ever graduate of that high school (it being a new school) of the first graduating class. After high school I attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah for two semesters. The football games, basketball games, and other school activities were some of my favorite memories up there! I met friends that I will stay in touch with for a life time.

Why I am a Mormon

Like mentioned, I have been Mormon my entire life. For a long time, I took it for granted and blindly believed the church and gospel to be true simply because I was raised to believe so. Once I grew up and matured quite a bit I soon realized why Jesus Christ and God's plan for us is so important for me. High school was a rough time for me. I did a lot of self reflection and felt that I often had no one to turn to. Life would be so sad, unfair, and lonely if there was not something more. Slowly but surely, I came to know that God had a plan for me. He knows me individually and by name. I began to pray more diligently and to read the holy scriptures. The spirit was with me more often, and I just felt good. The message of the gospel of Jesus Christ is so simple and clear. If we will just turn to Christ and our father in heaven for help, He will be with us every step of the way in our lives. I am a Mormon because I know that God lives. I know that Jesus Christ has redeemed me from my sins, because He loves me enough. I know that families can be sealed together for eternity in the Temple of the Lord. I know that there is no greater happiness than living righteously and that the Lord is always looking to bless our lives. I know that there is a living prophet on the earth today and that the Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ and his divinity. I love this church and know it is the only true church on the earth. Recently, I have been called to serve a mission in Montana, to share this great message about Jesus Christ with others, and I've never been so excited.

How I live my faith

Church is simply amazing. I have been a Mormon my whole life and I can't picture living my life any better then what I have been taught in the church. Over the course of my young life, I have had the opportunity to serve in several different capacities. Every few Sundays or so, me and dad would visit some families in our church ward. Many of the people we visited were elderly and needed help with simple things. I always loved serving them. Serving helps me realize how big of a difference a small act of kindness can do. Our stake (several church wards) also help the community where we live. At a young age, I can remember going to what we called, "Surprise Pride Days" where we would go to an extremely run down part of town and fix up the homes. Surprise was the name of the city I lived in. The people were so grateful and it felt so good to help out. I also am a Boy Scout. In the church, the young men are actively involved in scouting to build character, and "do a good turn daily." That encompassed service projects, camping, high adventure activities, and learning experiences. I am now currently serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Billings, Montana. As a missionary, I have the privelege of teaching others about what Jesus Christ has done for me personally, and how He can change the lives of others tremendously.