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Hi I'm Jake

I grew up in the Southwest. I'm a cowboy and amateur ventriloquist. I'm serving a 2 year mission in Idaho. And, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As far as hobbies, I enjoy reading, writing, horseback riding, and shooting. I was enrolled in public school until I was six and then I was home schooled with the rest of my siblings. I graduated via the GED program at NMSU-Grants with honors in Reasoning through Language arts. I have a horse named BJ, whom I trained mostly by myself. We've been best pals for the better part of five years now. I also have two cats which latched onto me and still continue to hang around. I'm a huge fan of western movies and country music. My favorite actor is John Wayne and my favorite singer is Alan Jackson. Among everything else I like, I love studying the gospel and doctrines of Jesus Christ. I have read the Book of Mormon twice and studied the Bible and Doctrine and Covenants both in and out of seminary.

Why I am a Mormon

Why I am a Mormon is because I was born a Mormon. Why I am still a Mormon is due to my conversion at 16. For those who do not understand what I mean, I will explain. When I was 16 I was struggling with some personal issues, which I will not disclose, and was curious as to whether or not the Book of Mormon was true. While I never doubted the existence of God or Jesus Christ, or their divine roles in the universe, I wandered if I could know for myself the Book of Mormon was true. When I was 14 I prayed, without reading it, to know if the Book of Mormon was true. When I was 15 our young men's president challenged us to read the Book of Mormon before the end of the year. I accepted the challenge and finished reading it for the first time in November of that year. I read it again when all the male members of our ward were challenged to read the Book of Mormon again in a year. After the first reading of the Book of Mormon, I knew that it was true. After the second time, I had an unshakable testimony that it was true. Each member, whether they are born into the church or not, must go through a conversion process. This process is ongoing. I am still finding ways to strengthen and nurture my testimony. Still, I know that God lives! I know that Jesus Christ lives and redeems us of sin! I know the Book of Mormon is a sacred volume of scripture that has been translated into the English language by God through his first modern day prophet, Joseph Smith. I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the church Christ established in his earthly ministry and has been restored through Joseph Smith! That is why I am a Mormon!

How I live my faith

I attend church in the Thoreau ward of the Gallup, New Mexico stake. I've served as president of the 12-13 year old young men, as well as the 14-15 year olds. I have also served as first assistant to the Bishop. I've served on the stake youth committee where I helped plan youth activities on a stake-wide scale. I am currently serving in the Idaho, Pocatello Mission as a full-time missionary. I will spend the next 2 years teaching people about the wonderful news of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is actually many books in one, like the Bible. Most of these books were abridged by Mormon and his son Moroni before and after the destruction of the Nephite civilization. The first six books are unabridged. The books were originally written in reformed Egyptian. After the Nephites were massacred, Moroni hid the plates the books were written on in a hill called Cumorah, which is in modern day New York. God wanted this sacred volume of scripture to be revealed to the inhabitants of the Earth, but the time was not right. In 1820 He sent Moroni, now a resurrected being, to show Joseph Smith where he had hidden them. God gave Joseph Smith the power and authority to translate these books into English. We now call these books the Book of Mormon, because Mormon abridged most of it. Show more Show less