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Hi I'm Jake

I was born in Utah and raised in Nevada. I love to work hard and serve others! I love our Savior Jesus Christ and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest of six children, with one brother and 4 step-siblings: two brothers and two sisters. I was born in West Valley, Utah and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. I was studying Accounting and am now serving a mission for the Church in Lima, Peru. I love to spend time with my family and friends, and help them out whenever I can. I also like to run and exercise and read!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it has brought me closer to Jesus Christ. I know that this is His church and gospel through constant study of the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and through confirmation by Holy Spirit. He has brought light into my life and He has blessed me so much for doing my best to serve Him and our fellow men. I have been a member of the Church my whole life, and I am truly privileged to have had these opportunities to be a part of it. I know that our Savior lives and loves us, and I know our Heavenly Father loves us so much that He did send Christ to guide us back to live with Him, and that through Christ we can be succored and healed, and He will help us to be strong. I know the Lord works in ways that He always has, even if we don't always understand them, but I testify that He is willing and wants us to be kept afloat in the trials of life if we do our best to listen and do as He asks.

How I live my faith

I do my best to serve as Jesus would have me serve. And so I do my best to help out my neighbors and friends and strangers whenever I get the chance to! I help serve the youth in my congregation as an Assistant Scoutmaster in our scouting program and as a secretary to the young men's program. And now I am preparing to serve a mission just like Christ would have me! And I always try to follow His example and try to improve when I falter. And I love to share the gospel which has brought so much of His light into my life and I am grateful that i now have this opportunity to bring others to Christ!

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Jake
It is impossible to completely and entirely comprehend the power, meaning, and necessity of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It truly is the greatest gift that God has provided for mankind. One crucial aspect of the Atonement was Christ's Sacrifice for our sins. Because we are mortal and away from the presence of our Heavenly Father, we are prone to make mistakes and sins that would keep us away from our Father. Because of this, Christ - being perfect and without sin - suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane and hung on the cross at Golgotha so that "[We] might not suffer... even as [Him]." (Doctrine and Covenants 19:16-17). Another crucial aspect is the power that we may be succored by Him because He "[took] upon Him the pains and sicknesses of His people." (Alma 7:11). He did what no one else could do. All He asks of us is to have faith in Him, repent and forsake our sins, be baptized and confirmed by those who have authority from God, receive the Holy Ghost, to keep Heavenly Father's commandments and receive other sacred ordinances that will help to guide us through life, and to endure to the end. But it is only through Christ and His Atonement that we can return to Heavenly Father, for faith without works is dead as well as works without faith. He is our Savior, and He can and will help us as long as we are willing to do as He says. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Jake
A ward is the community or congregation we meet together in, and a branch is for those with a smaller congregation. Because wards are organized geographically, there may not be as many members in an area where a ward would be so a branch is organized instead. The spiritual leader of each congregation is known as a bishop, or branch president for branches, and they are a regular member of the congregation who was asked to volunteer. A stake is a group of congregations led by a spiritual leader known as the stake president. When we meet together in congregations, we worship together and develop friendships and work to help one another and bear each other up and create a more Christ-like community. Show more Show less