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Hi I'm Jeff Hakala

I grew up in Utah an avid reader. Now I'm an avid writer and a soon-to-be-published author. Oh, and I'm a true-blue Mormon too! :)

About Me

I’m 18 years old, and I love adventure! I love to go running in the mountains, and the worse the weather, the better!! I was part of my high school cross country team, and traveled all over the Southwestern United States to race. I also ran high school track for my freshman year. I like to go longboarding and see the amazing scenery of the Utah mountains! My favorite color is blue. My favorite thing to eat is fresh smoothies, with margherita pizza as a close second! I love my family, and the Lord, more than anything. My favorite passion of all time is writing. I am currently a set apart full time missionary for the LDS church for the next two years of my life!! I will serve over 900 miles away from my home for this time, preaching what I know to be true with people that I know I will come to love. And I am so excited!! :)

Why I am a Mormon

Let’s just say I had a lot of questions. About the time I entered middle school, my family suffered through an extremely atomic divorce. I’ll be the first to say it was hard. Because of it, I am no stranger to hardship or pain, just as I am sure that there isn’t a single human being alive that has escaped this life without their own fair share of it! But because of it, and partly just because of growing up, I had a lot of questions, and a lot serious doubts. Stuff that really bothered me. I can remember thinking things like: Why me? Why is this so hard? Where is God in all of this? Where are His miracles? Why don’t I have the ‘perfect’ family? Why aren’t things different? At first it was all very confusing to me. But I found that as I turned to the Lord, He would bring to pass small miracles in my own life that might not have seemed like very much to someone else, but for me, it changed my perspective on the world. I began to realize that God was real, and that this was his church. And it is through these hardships that I have come to find out better who God is, and that He loves us unconditionally. Because of this experience, I know that He will never abandon me, and never forget me. He is more mindful of me than I am that He even exists! I know that He will never abandon us, no matter what we’ve done. Not only is He our Dad, He’s the perfect Dad. What more assurance do you need than that? Truly, God loves us.

How I live my faith

My goal in life, both as an a writer, and a person, is to help alleviate some of the confusion that exists in the world today. The main reason that I like to write is not just so that I can pay the bills. I want to help dispel the darkness in people’s lives, and help them to see real truth. In fact, I would even go so far as to say that I feel that this is what I am meant to do for others in this life. I certainly don’t feel I have been given my talents so that I can hide them under a dusty old hat. I want people to know that when they pick up a book authored by Jeff Hakala, that it will be a book that abides by high standards, a book that they could feel comfortable reading out loud to a young audience, where the protagonists are strong, and the content is uplifting, and where no parent need fear that what their kid is reading is in any way degrading or demeaning. My desire to do all this, in huge part, stems from me being a part of the LDS church. I have learned through Sunday School classes, and through other church related means, that what we watch, think, and participate in has a huge affect on both our overall physical, and spiritual health. For lack of a better example, I think of how just a single cigarette can forever change the outcome of a person’s life. To me, the idea of watching a dirty or obscene movie is no different. It can affect our actions, and it pollutes our minds. Cause and effect play a real role in this life. And to get through our existence here on Earth most happily is to get through by putting our thoughts, focuses and actions in the right place. As a writer, I am determined that if I am going to be putting any form of entertainment into the world, that I am only going to be doing it in a way that will send out positive messages and that will uplift. This is how I live what I believe.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Jeff Hakala
To be totally honest, I know the what of this answer, but have not entirely answered for myself all of the reasons of the why just yet. But in the attempt of explanation of difficult topics such as this, what I do know trumps what I do not. I know that the Book of Mormon is true, therefore I know that this church is true, and because I know that, I know that what the prophet says to be true. And he says that homosexuality and same sex marriage is not right before the sight of God. So I trust in that and I know what I know because I have received revelation of the Lord regarding the truthfulness of this church. If you are interested in scriptural references. look at Romans 1:24-32 and Leviticus 20:13, in the King James Bible. That should also shed some more light on the subject, and why we Latter Day Saints believe what we believe. But first and foremost, I would say find out if this church, and what we believe is true or not. Because that is the only way that you can know for sure one way or the other. And I promise that if you do that with real intent of heart doubting nothing, you can find peace to any of your deepest desires and most sensitive questions. I desire this for all who read this -- because this world is confusing! And the only way to find lasting peace is through God, and the Atonement of His Son Jesus Christ. This church has singlehandedly brought me more joy than anything else that I have ever experienced, and I am so so grateful for it! Show more Show less