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Hi I'm Jake Denning

I'm from Idaho & a missionary in VA. I love music, sports, the gospel, & am a Mormon! I always have purpose, goals, & opportunity.

About Me

I love to play sports and music. I will go to BYU, Provo after my mission in Richmond, Virginia. I will study mechanical engineering. I love the outdoors and the beauty of the world our Heavenly Father has created for our happiness and learning. Everything to do with outdoors I love. I'm young but the Gospel and my Father in Heaven has given me such great experiences in such a short time and has helped me gain much knowledge and many talents. I like to do a variety of things, kind of a "jack of all trades but master of none" type of approach to life. I enjoy learning and, most of all, learning and serving in the church and Christ's Gospel. Without the Church and Gospel in my life I would not be as happy, posses the knowledge, experiences, or talents and abilities I now do. The Gospel gives me purpose, strong and wonderful family bonds and spiritual experiences, hope, peace and happiness. I always feel the love of God in my life, no matter how far I fall or mess up. My Savior always helps me come back and raises me higher than before. I am filled with gratitude for His teachings and most of all His Atonement, temples, and my family. Those three elements describe me in a nut shell. I would give up everything just to enjoy the blessings that they bring into my life, all gifts from God. I'm so grateful to be able to serve a mission and bring the knowledge I have to others; and then after my mission, continue to share with those around me and close to me.

Why I am a Mormon

Why I am a Mormon I think I have kind of answered in a way. Really it's just the happiness, peace, family love, knowledge, purpose, and so much more it gives me. I'm never alone, never a reason to fear, never a reason to not smile. It's great. The opportunities given me are miraculous, and I'm so grateful for them. I'm a mormon because I know it's true, I know it's right; I live it I love it and I'm grateful for it and I so testify that all who earnestly are seeking may feel and receive the same and so much more in their own personal way. The Lord knows each of us and loves us dearly and I love Him!

How I live my faith

I try my best, at all times. I fall short many times, but I try and concentrate on all the times I do well, and with that attitude comes improvement. Currently I'm serving a mission in Richmond, Virginia, but the best way I think I try to live my faith is just in the small and simple everyday things. After all, as said in the Book of Mormon, in the book of Alma, "by small and simple things are great things brought to pass". And it's true! As I try and obey the small things, be obedient to the small things, bigger things come with them. Mainly, I try to share by example and by word the Gospel that I have come to know for myself is true, and simply invite all others to do the same, to read the Book of Mormon, study the Gospel with all its different resources, and pray to know if it's true. It's that simple. I know that if anyone does this they can receive the blessings and happiness I have. I love to try and do service also. Hands-on labor and things of that nature, playing the piano, using my talents and abilities to help and bring happiness to others. After all, as the parable of talents says in the New Testament, that is why they are given to us from God for, to be an answer and an instrument of God to others, as others have to us. I especially love sharing simple messages or experiences, trying to empathize with those around me. So I guess I try to live my faith by helping others do the same. By doing the small things. And by loving, obeying, and serving God with my all.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Jake Denning
Do we worship the prophet Joseph Smith? The answer is a firm no. The reason we give so much reverence and respect to him and speak of him so often, proclaiming him to be a prophet of God, is simply because he was the first prophet on the earth since the apostasy of the original church Christ had set up during His first earthly advent. Just as we study in the Holy Bible, God calls and works through prophets to the benefit and blessing of mankind by giving them His gospel teachings and authority, and if people eventually reject this, apostasy--or a lack of the fulness of the gospel and God's authority present on the earth--occurs. Our Heavenly Father loves us, we are His children, and He will always reach out to us in love by calling another prophet to lead and direct His church and His children. Our Father is unchanging, thus, He has done the same with Joseph Smith by following the pattern of apostasy and then restoration. We honor him so much simply because he was willing and prepared and worthy to be an instrument in our Father's hands to restore His gospel back to the earth for us to reap the blessings thereof. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Jake Denning
Just as temples or tabernacles in the days of Moses or King Solomon, the temple today is a place where God should be able to dwell. It is a place where His Holy Spirit is present in great abundance. We know that no unclean can enter into God's kingdom or house, and since the definition of a temple or tabernacle is God's house, the same applies. We must be clean and prepared to enter into His presence or His house. The same is also true of our bodies. Our bodies are deemed temples or tabernacles in the scriptures, particularly the Holy Bible, due to the fact that our spirit and our Heavenly Father's Spirit may dwell in our mortal body. Both are given of God. Just as we need to be clean to enter His house, we also must be clean for Him to enter us. And how do we remain or become clean? By accessing the enabling power and redemptive cleansing power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We access this divine grace by doing as He has directed. Namely by living His gospel. By keeping the commandments. By developing and strengthen faith in Him, repenting, making and keeping and renewing our covenants, all so that we may always have His Spirit to be with us. Having that guide, strengthener, comforter, helper, cleanser, and ultimate multi-tool with us has been called in scripture as one of "the greatest gifts of God" right behind eternal life. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Jake Denning
I look at language, modesty, chastity, and behavior as a domino-effect. When we allow ourselves to think inappropriate thoughts, it leads to acting on them, but we wont act extreme right away. The adversary leads us along with baby steps. So as we think, we begin to speak what we think. This leads to more serious actions, such as looking like what we think or talk about most. We then attract others who fall into the same trap, and it continues to spiral downward into more serious mistakes unless something is stopped and changed. The same is true of the opposite however. As we fill as much time and space in our lives with wholesome, Christ-like things, there is less room for Satan to work with. As we speak and dress appropriately, inappropriate feelings are not aroused in ourselves and others, making it much easier to live everything associated with it. It all starts with our thoughts, and as we develop self-mastery over and change them, then language, modesty, chastity, and behavior follow suit. It is important to teach one another that we are not our own, and that our bodies are temples, sacred places where our spirits and God's Spirit may dwell, all to bless and to help us be happy and successful. It is important to remember that we have a profound effect on those around us, and it is our duty to help everyone draw closer to their Savior Jesus Christ. We are all in this together and our Heavenly Father is too, so long as we remain worthy to keep Him with us. Show more Show less