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Hi I'm Jacob

I was raised on a farm and now I work with Information Technology. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

3. I grew up in rural Idaho and graduated in the top 10 of my class, of course there was only 10 of us. My summers were spent irrigating farmland, raising animals and harvesting alfalfa. After graduation I found out the scaphoid bone in my wrist was broken and I spent 21 months in a cast while getting my associates degree in General Studies at BYU-Idaho. After my wrist healed I was able to serve a mission in the California San Jose Mission. When I returned home I continued my education at BYU-Idaho where I received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Technology. I met my wife while at school as she was pursuing her Bachelors of Nursing. We now live and work in Salt Lake City, I am employed by the Church as a product manager, and I recently received an MBA in IT Management from Western Governors University. I help employees, missionaries, and members work more efficiently through the implementation of various collaboration tools. I enjoy running and cycling, a few years ago I participated in a century ride in Denver Colorado, last fall I ran my first half marathon and this fall I plan to run in the St. George Marathon. We have two daughters and love to be outside as a family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know the church is true, I believe that Christ lives and that we can be with our families for eternity. I know we have a modern day prophet that leads and directs the church. I know this church and gospel was restored by Joseph Smith and that its teaching and organization are the same that existed when Christ was on the earth. I know that we can overcome the sorrow of life through faith in these teachings and that through faith we can find eternal happiness and value in all that we are.

How I live my faith

Each day I pray to receive inspiration on decisions that will draw me closer to my savior and allow me to help those around me. I have the desire to serve God the best I can in any capacity he chooses for me. I try hard to smile and notice when I can help those who live around me. My faith defines who I am, very few decisions in my life have been made without prayer and seeking direction from the Lord.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Jacob
Christ has always taught that his people will be covenant keeping people. In the Old Testament we read of Tabernacles and Temples where ordinances were performed. Through the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ we have again learned the purposes of Tabernacles and Temples. Within the walls of Modern Temples we learn truths that are simple and sincere and we must hold them sacred and ensure that only when someone has kept and prepared for further covenants with the Lord that we offer them. This means local leaders have the responsibility to help anyone who wants to go to the temple achieve this special blessing through preparation. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Jacob
In simple terms death is simply a change of scenery, it is not an escape from the trials of life. The same sociality that exists today will exist in the next life. We will make decisions that will enable us to learn and grow for eternity. Death does present the gift of a body that can no longer be sick, which can be a blessing for those who struggle with sickness. Death is a step we will take that empowers us to draw closer to our heavenly father through further progression. Death can be scary when we don't understand the fullness of the teachings of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less