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Hi I'm Jake

I try to make life an adventure. I have been called to serve in the Massachusetts Boston Mandarin-speaking mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am from Phoenix, Arizona, but I am currently a student studying Microbiology out of state. I love hiking, biking, running, and going on adventures. I like to say that my main hobby is learning--when I am not studying, I am trying to read or learn a new skill. Since I can remember I have been obsessed with typewriters. I clean, restore, repair, and type on as many as I can. My favorite is a small portable from the WWII era. I like to imagine what was typed on that piece of history. I was born with flat feet. I hated it. Everything active that I tried was very difficult. I couldn't run more than a mile without intense pain. Then, I received two reconstructive foot surgeries. After much therapy and healing, I now run three miles every few days. I am greatly blessed by my new feet. Now that I have been called on a mission, I know that I will be able to do all the physical things the Lord needs me to do.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that Christ atoned for each one of us individually. He loves you. He loves me. He loves your neighbor across the street. He knows us all, our weaknesses, our strengths. I know that he has given us revelation both anciently and modernly, and I know that it is through the prophets that he speaks to us. I love the Book of Mormon. Not only do we see amazing examples of Faith, Courage, and Enduring to the End, but we see a beautiful testimony of Christ from people other than those of Jerusalem. I love to know that Christ has many children, and loves them all. This is what keeps me going; this love from the Savior which is truly unconditional and for all.

How I live my faith

I am currently going to church in a ward that is entirely students. It is a very interesting place to be! It is so quiet, and so calm that I feel as if it is a sanctuary from daily life. In my ward, I am in charge of making sure that the sacrament is administered to all without a hitch--it is my job to ensure that people can feel the spirit the most they possibly can when they take the sacrament. I also am a teacher. I get to learn all about the gospel of Christ, and then invite the Spirit to help me teach others. On Sundays, I have made it an important goal to keep the Sabbath the best I can. It is the Lord's day. He gave it to us for our rest and relaxation, and our spiritual renewal. It is in college that I have really gained an appreciation for this gift from our Father in Heaven.