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Hi I'm Jake

I'm a math nerd, I'm a musician, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a musician. I play the trumpet and have been in just about every kind of musical ensemble I could have been, be it orchestras, jazz bands, wind symphonies, and pit orchestras. I love playing jazz music, classical music, and everything in between. I also sing and at one point (a long time ago) played the piano. I also love playing sports, even if I am rather terrible at all of them. I also love math and physics and and planning on majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I am a recent high school graduate and plan to attend Brigham Young University in 2016 when I get done serving a full time mission for the LDS Church in Nagoya Japan.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family, and as such have been surrounded by Christ's gospel my entire life. However, I have not always had a solid testimony of its truthfulness. It wasn't until my junior year of high school, when I began to seriously ask questions about the gospel of Christ and really attempt to develop a relationship with my Heavenly Father that I began to build my testimony. When I looked for answers sincerely, I began to get witnesses and promptings that led me to understand the gospel better and, more importantly, feel its truthfulness. With these answers came a better relationship with God. I began to feel His love for me very profoundly and rely on Him to help me through the various trials and troubles that accompanied high school life. This relationship that I now have with Heavenly Father, and, very importantly, the love that I can feel from my Him whenever I pray or read the Book of Mormon or the Bible or other scriptures, is what anchors me to this church. I am a Mormon because I know that my God loves me and because of that love He prepared a plan so that I can come back to Him. I know that this church teaches that plan and allows us to complete the steps required to get back to God and to feel infinitely the incomprehensible love that He has for each one of us.

How I live my faith

To me, my faith doesn't exist only in a chapel on a Sunday. I feel like the gospel of Jesus Christ permeates every facet of my life. I am constantly trying to be more like the Savior, to develop qualities in myself that Christ had--being kind, charitable, faithful. I think even when I'm engaged in activities that aren't necessarily considered "spiritual," like in a rehearsal or on a hike or just playing a game of basketball, those can help me accomplish that goal. They help me refine skills that I can use to help others, or help me become better physically or mentally. Every day life also presents us with opportunities to serve those around us, upon which I try to capitalize as often as I can, a frequency that can be at times less than where I'd like it to be. However, I try to learn from my mistakes and use them to make myself better. I attend church every Sunday, a gospel instruction class for young adults every Wednesday, and try to get myself to the temple as often as I can. I am also now serving as a full time volunteer missionary in Nagoya Japan, teaching people about the ways they can be happier through this Gospel.