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Hi I'm Jake

I'm from Southern California. I'm from a combined family. I'm currently a happy full-time missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the firstborn of 4 kids and the oldest of all the grandchildren on both sides of my family. My parents are both members of the church and the entire family was born and raised in the church. Still, things did not work out between my parents, and they were divorced. Since then, both of my parents have found new spouses and I currently live with my mom and step-dad in a family of 9. I recently attended BYU-Provo for my Freshman year and am still undecided as to what I'll be studying. During the school year, I turned in my application for missionary service, and I received my mission call to the Brazil Curitiba mission for 2 years. At the moment, I am serving an honorable full-time mission. I'm hoping that what I'm doing will motivate my cousins and siblings to do excellent and honorable things throughout their life. Besides family, religion, and school; I really enjoy singing, playing piano, the occasional video game, running, swimming, Doctor Who, Adventure Time, Avatar:The Last Airbender, ultimate, laser tag, the beach, mountains, forests, hiking, dating, being a nerd, talking in different voices, cooking, occasionally pushing my limits, doing something that scares me, tubing, boxing, hugging, breaking social norms, helping people with problems in their life, and especially having conversation with good friends.

Why I am a Mormon

The initial reason why I'm a Mormon is, to be honest, because I was born and raised in the church by two parents who believe in the doctrines and teach them to me. However, even though my faith was blind, I have done open-minded studies of various religions. I've tried proving the church's beliefs right and wrong. In the end, I realized that there is a happiness and spirit that is felt when I live the teachings of this religion, and it's better than anything I've ever experienced. This church truly is the church that Jesus Christ established in modern times through his servants (the prophets) and the priesthood (the power and authority of God, delegated to man). I have received many spiritual confirmations through personal revelation that this is Christ's church. I have received this revelation through the Holy Ghost, which testifies of things that are true (John 16:13-15). The answers from the Holy Ghost come as whispers of thought that I feel not only in my mind, but in my heart; and this answer is paired with a feeling of comfort and peace. Ask God in fervent prayer in the name of Christ if this church is true. If you've studied the doctrine, read The Book of Mormon (not necessarily completely, but with real intent), and have a true desire to find the truth; the Holy Ghost will confirm to you that God loves you, we can find happiness and salvation through Christ, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's church. I close in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

How I live my faith

I'm serving a full-time mission, and I'm currently assigned to labor in the Washington D.C. North Mission. I have taken upon myself the name of Christ (as you can see on my missionary name tag), and I and thousands of other missionaries strive to do what He would do if He were personally ministering to all of us.