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Hi I'm Jake Saunders

I grew up in Arizona and Ohio. I'm a musician and performer. I love the arts. I'm a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a recent high school graduate. I'm preparing to attend college at BYU but first I am going to serve a mission in Santiago, Chile. Throughout my life I have been involved in many different hobbies and groups. I have been playing piano since I was five. I played in the school band and orchestra, whether it was percussion, flute, cello, or violin. I also taught myself the guitar. But my greatest passion is singing. I have been singing since I was a little kid. All of these feed into my complete love of the performing arts, whether it is theatre, choir, or a rock concert. I have also performed in many musicals and plays, such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream-coat or Mary Poppins. I love being on stage, singing and dancing. My life isn't all about music though. I also really enjoy math and science. I am attempting to pursue a profession in medicine, specifically in neurology or cardiology. I am an Eagle Scout and I love the outdoors. I also love spending time with my family, as they bring me some of the greatest joy I have experienced. I am looking forward to staring my own family someday and being a father and husband myself.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe this gospel to be true. Even though I was born into a family that was already Mormon, I still needed to gain a belief for myself on whether r not this was true. This was a long and difficult process for me. As a teenager, I really wanted to fit in with my peers, which was really difficult when Mormons naturally stand out as being "odd." I couldn't understand why I could do certain things that other kids were doing. I struggled with this all throughout high school. Finally, I decided I couldn't follow the commandments and guidelines of a religion that I didn't believe in. So, I decided I need to find out for myself whether or not it was true. I did as all the prophets have instructed, which was to study the scriptures diligently, pray to God to know if they are true, and test out the promises made in them. I really gained my own personal testimony junior year. I had read the scriptures, I had diligently prayed, and I had been living the commandments to see if they worked. And they did. It all felt right to me, so my testimony grew. I know there is a God, and that He loves me because I am His son. Because of His love, He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to atone for my sins. Christ lived the perfect life, serving and blessing the lives of others His entire life. I know He died for me and rose again on the third day. I know that the Book of Mormon and Bible are both the word of God to His children. I also know Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that he saw the Father and the Son. The true gospel has been restored to the earth through the prophet Joseph. I am excited to share the message of the gospel with the world because it brings me so much joy and happiness. This is my testimony, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in a few ways. Currently, I volunteer my time and work in the Phoenix Arizona Temple three times a week. I also am preparing myself to serve my two-year mission in Santiago. This will consist of me sharing the gospel to as many people as I can in Santiago. I will learn Spanish and teach in that language, which I am beyond excited about. I will also serve the community in whatever way I can, whether that is helping to repair physical damage to a home or being someone to talk. In my youth, I was a youth leader in the Young Men's program. I enjoyed the responsibility of watching out for my friends and companions. I would help teach lessons on Sunday, I would invite people to our weekly activities, and I would give direction on what we should be doing to fulfill our responsibilities on Sunday. Finally, I have been attending a daily seminary class during my four years of high school. It is a one hour class in which the four books of scripture, The Old and New Testament, the Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants, are discussed. It was incredibly helpful in my spiritual development and was a real fun class that made me feel the Spirit while I attended high school.