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Hi I'm Jake

I grew up in Eureka, Missouri. I attend Maryville University. Oldest of 4. Called to serve: California Carlsbad. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Well, I just love this life. I'm a very big sports fan and I'm working towards a Sport Business Management Degree. My dream is to work for Nike some day. My secret obsession is playing chess and my favorite meal is pasta con broccoli. I was raised Catholic and joined the church March 29, 2014. It's been the best year of my life hands down and I'm not just saying that. I have been called to serve in the California Carlsbad Mission and report June 2015. I'm just ready to make a difference!

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that God has a plan for each of us and that joining the church last year was without a doubt a part of that plan for me. I started working at a movie theater in high school, and it turned out that my boss was a member of the church. Other members worked there as well, and over the years we would all have conversations about religion and other experiences. I knew that these people, who at this point had become very good friends, lived differently than a lot of people I knew. No one ever pushed for me to go to church, but these talks and the example that they set for me left an impression that I didn't forget. In 2014, I came home for Thanksgiving break and honestly just wanted to see what made them tick. It wasn't apparent to me then, but there was something that just drew me to them. I went to church for the first time and people were standing up and telling everyone about what they believed. I don't remember much of what they said that day, but I remember a good feeling. In January, I started taking the missionary discussions. The plan of salvation really stuck out to me since I had never heard of a premortal existence before. It just made sense. I went back to school a few days later and my friends drove down to go to church with me for support. I don't know if I would've had the courage to go if it wasn't for them. I met two amazing sister missionaries and started lessons with them that week. I started reading the Book of Mormon every day and praying to know if it was really the word of God. I wanted to know so badly, and I finally told Heavenly Father that whatever the answer I got back was, I would do it. I was baptized in March 2014 and it has been everything I hoped for and more. I have been given so much love and excitement and all I want to do is give it back. That's how I knew I needed to serve a mission. The restored gospel is real and it makes a difference. It means everything to me and I'm honored to be a member of Christ's church on earth.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by keeping Christ at the center of everything I do. That's hard to do sometimes but it comes easier and easier each day. I try to treat others how I would like to be treated. That can be as small as opening the door for someone or smiling at the person walking towards me. It's fun to live life with a positive attitude and the gospel is at the center of my happiness. I try to be polite, mindful of others needs, and encouraging to those I know personally, as well as people I don't know that well. I've been given the privilege to teach the 12 and 13 year old boys during the third hour of church and I love every second of it. It's so fun to share my experiences with them and to hear them talk about experiences of their own. I've also been blessed with the opportunity to live my faith as a full-time missionary in California starting in June of 2015. The gospel of Jesus Christ means so much to me and it is truly an honor to share this happiness with everyone I meet.