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Hi I'm Jake Brough

I'm a longboarder, gamer, movie-buff, techie, connoisseur of fine sodas, cardigan aficionado, bonsai enthusiast, and a Mormon.

About Me

So, as you have most likely deduced from the website, you are currently browsing through, I am indeed a Mormon. I served a mission in the West Virginia Charleston Mission, and part of my heart will always reside back east. I live for boarding. Be it longboarding, wakeboarding, skateboarding, skiing, or anything related to those sports. I love music as well (as most people do) and when I'm not out at a rock concert, I'm blasting music of some sort. While I mainly listen to punk-rock, I rock anything from hardcore rap, to acoustic alternative, and everything from orchestral, to hardcore Dubstep #allabouthatbass I am a gamer and a movie buff, so when I'm not out doing the important things, (like work, school, hanging with family/friends, or doing stuff outside) I'm probably playing a game of some sort, or watching a movie of some sort. I find the art involved in them fascinating, and I love appreciating the viewpoints of other people. I love bonsai trees as well. #TravisConfer Not only are they super classy, they are a fantastic test of patience, intelligence, and artistic ability. #vivalaVinton! S/O to Joseph Dean, Bryan Cluff, Brogan Higley, John Hodge, Chrissy Hodge, Analee Huber, Jordan Butterfield, and Josh Hanberg

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church, but I've always believed that everyone needs to be converted to their religion, regardless if they were raised in it. I didn't always believe it, I just went through the motions, and stopped going to church for a while. When I started going to church, I realized there was a hole in my life, that I didn't realize was there. I have attended several other religions, Baptist, Methodist, a couple of non-denominational churches, and have studied most all of them, but I don't think I have found another church that has struck me as much as this church has. The doctrine makes sense, and I truly believe it. The Book of Mormon has helped me through a lot of problems in my life, and I know that it is a true testament to God, and Jesus Christ. I don't know where I would be right now, if it wasn't for the gospel. I was never what you would call a "religious", or "churchy" person... (in fact, I was quite the opposite for quite a while) but since I decided to go back out on my mission... I've really grown close to the gospel, and have come to love it. I have realized, that I can still be reckless, and have fun, but still be close to Jesus Christ, and Heavenly Father. I wouldn't trade my relationship with Christ for anything in the world. He has helped me so much in my life, and has made it possible for me to become the optimistic, happy, slightly narcissistic person I am today. Christ paid for all of our sins, and made it possible for anyone, to be anything they want to be. Who we are is NOT set in stone. The only limitations we have, are those that we put on ourselves. Christ did what He did so that we could have that gift.

How I live my faith

I served a mission in the West Virginia Charleston Mission. I try my best to follow Christ, by helping other people. I have had so many people in my life that have helped me through so many hard times in my life, that it would be selfish of me to not give back. I love helping my friends, and I love making new friends. I believe in everybody, and always strive to see the good in people.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Jake Brough
Well, there's sacrament meeting, sunday school, and priesthood (relief society for women) Sacrament meeting, we take the sacrament, and people from the ward give short talks. Sunday school, we learn about the gospel from different people in the ward. Priesthood and relief society, the men and women break. The men learn about how to become better husbands, and fathers, and the women learn about how to become better wives and mothers. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Jake Brough
The Bible tells us, that we must be baptized to return to live with our heavenly father... Knowing that Heavenly Father loves, and cares about us, and knowing that there are millions of people who die without ever once hearing of christ, it wouldn't be fair for those people to not be able to return to live with heavenly father, just because they didn't get a chance in life. Since baptism is essential, and Heavenly Father is both a just God, and a merciful God... Proxy baptisms are performed in the place of those who have passed on, to give them the opportunity to accept or deny the ordinance. We are by no means "forcing" those spirits to accept the baptism, we are simply doing the work that they did not perform in life, and leaving them the decision. Show more Show less