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Hi I'm Jake

I grew up in Southern Utah. I am an Eagle Scout. I have been called to serve in the Brazil João Pessoa Mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in Southern Utah and I love it here. The ruby-red rocks, the sparkling blue sky, the green of new growth in the plants; it is all very beautiful. I like to bike through the country in the mornings as it gives me clarity in my thinking and time to enjoy my surroundings; however, I prefer to bike with a friend or two. I enjoy playing tennis, soccer, baseball, football, and other such sports—although I do not proclaim myself to be very good at them. I go to high school and I am concurrently enrolled at a University because I love to learn. Reading and writing, to math, chemistry, physics—it is all fascinating to me. I do my best to learn and retain the information I gather in each class I take. I particularly enjoy the visual arts: sculpture, painting, and drawing. I like to depict nature scenes and other landscapes when I draw.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I believe in every aspect taught. The doctrines taught are the same doctrines taught by Jesus Christ when he established His church upon the earth. The Book of Mormon (another Testament of Christ) parallels teachings found in the Bible: the Old and New Testaments. Ezekiel 37:16 testifies of the "the stick of Ephraim" which refers to the Book of Mormon itself. These two histories, the Bible and the Book of Mormon, are meant to be studied together. Both are very important to me and I believe both to be true. I believe in the Plan of Salvation, the plan for all of Heavenly Father's children to return home to His presence. I know that I will be with my family forever, and that all of God's children will have the same opportunity. I love my family; my mom and dad, my siblings and their families. I believe in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, I know They love me, and I know They know me. I believe Christ suffered for me, and for all of His people. I know that through Him, I can return home to His presence, and that I will be greeted with outstretched arms. I know these things to be true. I hope to be the best that I can. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

I have made an effort to know as many people as I can in my ward. They are my family, and they are very dear friends. I especially love the families whom I am able to visit in their homes with my dad. The youth in our ward, though few in number, are at times rambunctious. But they are a fun, kind, and loving group—they are some of the best kids I know. I have been privileged to grow up with the individuals in my ward. I love them all so much and we are bonded through years of knowing each other. Many of these good people are my greatest friends and it is a pleasure to attend church with them. I have been privileged to teach lessons to my ward family, the youth, and to the young children in Primary. I have been assigned to labor in the Brazil João Pessoa Mission; an opportunity for which I am exceedingly grateful and overjoyed.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Jake
If you think about the billions and billions of people who have lived on this earth, a very small percentage have been given the opportunity to learn about Christ's church. Baptism is an essential step to returning home to our Heavenly Father, but what about those who never learned about his church before passing on? This church performs missionary work throughout many of the countries here on earth, but there is also missionary work being completed on the other side of the veil. A living person, acting as a proxy, performs the baptism using the deceased's name only. This then gives the deceased person the option to accept the ordinance and become a member of the church. Show more Show less