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Hi I'm Jake

I grew up in North Ogden, Utah, U.S.A. I love classical music and play piano, organ, french horn, and percussion. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love classical and orchestral music. I play many musical instruments including piano, organ, french horn, and percussion. I also love to sing. GO BASSES! I studied for 4 years at Brigham Young University, and got a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science with a Music Minor. I've written few iPhone Apps, and plan on making a lot more when I get back from a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I like to pick up new hobbies that seem interesting. Some of my latest hobbies have been stained glass, bonsai, and cichlid aquariums. I have 4 younger brothers, which makes life at home pretty exciting. We always have projects going on from little model rockets, to big high power rockets, to 3D printers, to Star Wars stuff, and more. All five of us are also Minecraft players, and like to play together on our private (and very small) Minecraft server.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it feels right. I was raised in the Church, but continuing to be a member was definitely my own personal choice. Somewhere I've heard that one way to judge if something a good and right, look at the "fruits" it produces. The Church has made my life good. It has brought happiness and peace to my life. That's not to say the people in the Church are always 100% perfect. Of course they aren't. We're all human and make mistakes. But the Church as a whole has brought about a lot of good in the world and has blessed my own life in many ways, some small and some large. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is God's true Church. I know that we are led by a living prophet who can receive revelation from God to help us navigate new challenges in the world today. I know that God speaks to individuals, through the power of the Holy Ghost, and can help anyone who prays sincerely for knowledge know the truth. I know that while the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints does NOT hold a monopoly on goodness, or righteousness, or even absolute truths, it is the only Church on the Earth today to possess the entirety of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Being still pretty young, my experience in the Church is pretty limited compared to people like my parents and grandparents. But I also strive to do my very best in whatever I am called to do. I've worked in various youth leadership positions growing up in our community. And even going to college, I was blessed with the opportunity to attend my home "ward" (i.e. our little community) frequently. My parents always like to put together "ward parties" for various holidays and I usually end up helping a lot with those. Doing anything from musical numbers and talent show performances to cooking in the kitchen to helping keep the children activities organized and running smoothly. Speaking of children, the last few years I've been the pianist with our children's Sunday School. I think we have one of the best sounding Primary children singers in the whole world! ;) Being a musician, I have many opportunities to share my talents. I'm one of our ward's organists, sing in our ward choir (that is, when I'm not accompanying our ward choir), and have even done a few special musical numbers. For a brief while I also helped teach in one of the classes on Sunday, and taught some beginning family history stuff on the computers. That was definitely a...growing experience. :) Sharing music is fine, but getting me in front of a group of people to teach them? That's a whole different ballgame. My parents have raised me to be a good neighbor, especially to the older people in the neighborhood. Since I was a young boy I've helped mow lawns, clear driveways of snow, weed gardens, fix sprinklers, etc for all of the widows and widowers close-by.