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Hi I'm Jake

I grew up in a small town in Louisiana, I'm an accountant (the coolest you'll ever meet!), and I'm Mormon.

About Me

Overall I'd say I'm a rather relaxed person. Growing up as the fifth of five, I learned at a very young age to not sweat the small stuff. I enjoy running, playing video games, bicycling, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, boating, jet skiing, sky diving, trampoline jumping, singing in the rain, walking, skipping, whistling, and pretty much anything else that requires going outside and doing. Oh, and I'm rather fond of Harry Potter, as the golden snitch on my car antenna would attest. I suppose I should mention I'm a college graduate working towards my CPA as well. Accountant fo' life!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I have a testimony of Jesus Christ and the restoration of His church. I believe that Joseph Smith, and every prophet following him, were (and are) men called of God. Perhaps being a Mormon can seem enduring at times (I've lost count how many times I've had to explain why I am the way I am because people generally aren't satisfied with the answer "Because I'm Mormon"), but I assure you nothing brings more peace and fulfillment to my life than being a Mormon. I've never been particularly great at reciting quotes, but I once heard a quote that really struck a cord with me. The speaker (I know, I'm terrible for forgetting) basically said that this church makes good mean great, and great mean better (or something along those lines). No one's perfect, even Mormons (gasp!), but being a Mormon gives me a standard to live by and to strive towards and despite my flaws and mistakes, gives me a reason to always hold my head up high.

How I live my faith

I suppose I show my faith mostly by just living my everyday life. In a city where Mormons are grossly outnumbered, I tend to stand out wherever I go. My coworkers jokingly (I think) tell me how much my happy demeanor and up-beat personality annoys them, and refer to me as the "whistling Mormon." I do teach the occasional Sunday school class for the young men, but most of my time is focused around young single adult activities. As the ward young single adult representative it's so difficult being forced to go to activities and hang out with people my age and be social (note the use of sarcasm haha).