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Hi I'm Jake Peterson

I'm from Utah, a returned missionary from Montevideo, Uruguay, and I love to eat alfajores. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like to play the piano, play videogames and go on runs to Wendy's with friends. I spend my free time meditating on life and the Gospel, or going on hikes in the mountains. I love to travel and meet new people. I'm a recently returned missionary from the Uruguay Montevideo Mission (2014-2016), and I love speaking to people with my super gringo Spanish. Jaja. Uruguay is my 2nd home. I love the country and its people with all my soul.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member of the Church all my life (my family has been a member since I was born), but I can honestly say that my conversion took place while I was on my mission in Uruguay. It was in that blessed country that my faith was put to the test, and I was forced to stand up for what I believe. Nothing extremely miraculous happened to me (such as a visit from a heavenly messenger), rather I gained the testimony that I have of the Gospel by walking through fields of cows with a Brazilian who taught me the true meaning of charity, reading the Book of Mormon (the BEST book of Earth), prayer, and by looking for the hand of God in all things. The things that matter most in this life are the tiny moments, that may seem insignificant, but in the end mean everything. If we pay attention to the little miracles that God blesses us with everyday, and are grateful and acknowledging of His tender mercies, these are the real miracles that if we are diligent in doing them (the little things), will lead us to the Savior of the world. And it is only through Him that we can achieve true happiness in this life. The only thing that impedes us from finding Him is ourselves. But if we are willing to let Him in, He can heal us and change our lives forever.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to follow the example of the Lord Jesus Christ in all that I do. Many people think that to be a member of the Church means that you have to live in the chapel all day long. That is not true. All that God requires of us as His children is that we love Him and His Son, and that we try to emulate Them in our daily lives by being good Christians to our neighbors. I've learned in my life that we cannot judge people, because we are all imperfect beings who are all dependent on the same God for our daily bread. I look for the good in others, because we are all children of our Father in Heaven, who loves us all more than we can possibly imagine. I try to be a light to guide others to true happiness, which is only to be found in learning to know God and His Beloved Son.