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Hi I'm Jake

I play tennis. I love to hike and climb and mountain bike and ski. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've grown up in the United States, and when I was younger, we moved around a lot. I was born in Utah, and then my dad's job took us to a few places in Idaho, then to California, and then finally, back to Utah, to beautiful Cache Valley, where we now live. I'm graduating from High School in about a month and I'm super excited for that. I'm a Student Body Officer there, and I have LOVED the opportunity to serve people. I'm leaving on a mission this summer, and after that, I plan to attend college and study business! Someday, I hope to own my own small bike shop or restaurant. I love to work with and talk to people, and want to transfer those skills to something that I can use to support a family someday. I just really love to have fun. I have the most amazing friends (more about them later), and we always take hikes together in the mountains around where we live (if you've never taken a night hike, I highly recommend it!). I love to rock climb, too, but I am just barely getting into that. I've also always loved bicycles. When I was a kid, I would build bikes out or scraps with a small tool set my Dad gave me for Christmas. They were so. rad. I was the high roller of our subdivision, let me tell you.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it all makes sense to me. It makes sense that God would still talk to his children. It makes sense that everyone has a chance at living with God forever, even if they don't receive the gospel in this life. It's fair. I'm a Mormon because through the Book of Mormon, I've come to know more about my Savior Jesus Christ than I ever could have through the Bible. I'm a Mormon because I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and I love that man more than I can express for what he did for the world. I know that there are a lot of things in early church history that don't make sense. I don't fully understand them either. But Mark wrote, "Fear not...only believe." That's what I do my best to do. Being a Mormon requires a lot of faith, and a lot of patience both with yourself and others. But it's worth it. It is what makes me happier than anything else in the world. Through the restored gospel, I've seen so many people's lives change for the better, especially mine. And that is beautiful to me. That's what religion should be about: not putting others down, but helping others to realize their full, infinite potential. That's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

How do I live my faith? To me, the biggest part of being a Christian (and by extension, a Mormon) is loving everyone. It's looking for the good in every situation by thinking about how my Father in Heaven wants me to grow. I also do my best to help others be happy. It's not hard to smile, or say hello, or try to be positive. Smiling makes such a difference, and it improves my day tenfold! In actual callings, I've served as a quorum president three times.