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Hi I'm Jake

I'm a long-distance runner. I'm a psychology/business student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have recently gained an interest in target shooting. When I moved to Idaho, it seemed every body had a gun. I thought it would be a good idea to get into it and learn how to use one. I'm the oldest of five children. My family means the world to me. We tease each other relentlessly. Consequently, we have a family motto: "No Mercy!" When I first went to college, I couldn't settle on what I wanted to pursue. I had gone from wanting to be a chiropractor, psychologist, firefighter, nurse, mechanic, to finally finding my passion: I realized that I had a knack, and a passion, for problem-solving, planning, research and coordinating in organizational settings. I chose to pursue a degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Running is another hobby I'm passionate about. I began running after high school. One day, I was at the gym where I saw a flier for a 10k race coming to town. I thought it was a stretch to win, but I wanted to see how I could do. My father, an experienced runner, helped me train. We improved my pace, lengthened my stride, conditioned my heart and lungs to take a beating (no pun intended). Then, the day of the race came. I was surrounded by hundred of runners. We ran 6.1 miles and felt amazing. Then as I crossed the finish line, I heard "in second place,..." followed by my name! I couldn't believe it! It gave me the motivation to keep running, to go longer. I have competed in several half-marathons since then.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been given the privilege of several other responsibilities at church. I've travelled to three different states to visit ten other Mormon congregations and sit in on their leadership meetings, and they all have a familiar focus: "How can we serve and support this family or this person? How can we make our visitor(s) comfortable? What wholesome activities can we plan for the congregation?" I've been on the planning end and the receiving end of these efforts. I love being a Mormon for countless reasons. I think of the church like an school that fosters a person's ability to grow and feel the Holy Ghost, to recognize and appreciate the influence God has in our life. Nobody in the church is perfect. It doesn't matter what their position in the church, or in life they are. We are all children of the same Father. We are all loved by the Savior, equally. We all work together as a family to do our part and support each other in the household of God. We support each other through our struggles, and we applaud each others accomplishments. There is a security and a kommeradory in the Church that I wouldn't trade for anything. I think people outside the faith get worried that that Book of Mormon interferes with a person's relationship with God. It's the opposite.The Book of Mormon re-enforces my belief in the Holy Bible. It attests to the Bibles claims about the Savior's ministry and atonement, and reiterates the Savior's promises. The Book of Mormon brings me closer to Jesus Christ. It shows me that He is the God of the whole world, not Israel only. He is my God.

How I live my faith

In my congregation (called a "Branch") I serve as the Branch Executive Secretary, which means I record meeting minutes, set-up appointments and interviews, and whatever else I'm asked to do by the Branch President. In working around the Branch President and his two counselors, I hear their efforts to reach out to people, their care and concern for people in the church (and outside the church). It has always been very moving to me to see people who are giving of their free time to these relatively large responsibilities because it helps other people. On top of family life, work, and in some cases school, they give time to help make miracles happen at church. I've served as a Ward Mission Leader, which gave be broader insight into the care and concern that the church has for peoples' spiritual welfare. The Church puts a lot of focus on families, and into raising up well-rounded youth. I loved going around visiting people in their homes and talking with them about gospel principles, answering questions about God, and letting them put me to work!