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Hi I'm Jacob Burden Sr.

I'm a Mormon. I am currently stationed at Ft. McCoy, WI. but originally from California. I am a husband and father and love life!

About Me

Hello my name is Jacob Burden I am a native of California, in fact I along with my Dad's side of the family are part Ohlone, Costanoan, Esselen Nation (OCEN), native Californians. I am married and we have four children. I have been married for over 20 years. I have been in the US Army for a total of 14 years; 8 years as a 11B (Infantryman), 6 years as a 31E Correctional Specialist. We have lived all over the place and I have visited some neat countries and have met a lot of really neat people. Some of the places we have lived were; Watertown, NY, Korea, Olympia, WA, Laie, HI, Bellevue, NE and other places. I love spending time with my family. I really love Filipino Martial Arts (FMA), in fact I am an instructor in one sytem of the FMA. I love being outdoors. I currently am serving as the Second Counselor in the Sparta Branch. I love spending time with my boys in the scouting program, camping, swimming, cooking you name it, we have a lot of fun. I love diving and surfing and would love to retire in Philippines so that I can spend time doing more of that. My daughter Breanna has recently been called to serve in the Arizona Gilbert Mission! We are excited to see her begin a new adventure as a servant of God in His vineyard!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the church because when I was a little child my parents joined the church and I grew up along side of my parents learning about the gospel and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. When I was a young man, I had my questions about the truthfulness of the gospel. In fact I questioned many principles of the gospel. Around the time most of my friends were preparing to serve their full time missions I was having too much fun with other things in my life that seemed more important than a mission did. I thought I knew it all and I had forgotten what really was important in life. Right after graduation of high school I left the comforts of home and took off on my own adventure, my own life and what I thought was to be happiness. My parents were torn because of the love they had for me and concerned like all parents, for the safety and security of their children. It wasn't long though when I realized I had nothing; no true friends, no family and nothing at all that was truly important. It was then I remembered all the things my parents and the church had taught me about. Especially prayer and how you can ask God for answers to life's biggest questions. I decided to do just that! To pray and ask God if the gospel was true, if the Book of Mormon was true, if God did really appear to Joseph Smith and if he was indeed a prophet of God. I got on my knees in the middle of the night and well honestly the first time I prayed I fell asleep...lol. A couple of hours later I awoke and felt in my heart and mind a small voice urging me to pray again. I did! Before I could get through the prayer I felt this warm comforting feeling overpower my body. It spread from my head to the tips of my toes. My heart felt like it was going to explode with good feelings and love. I knew what I was asking God was true. I knew all the things I was questioning about the gospel of Jesus Christ was true. Most importantly I learned for myself that this church was true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church on Sunday's. I enjoy working with the youth and serving the members and no-members of our small branch here in Sparta, WI. My children attend cub scouts, boy scouts and the Young Men's Programs at our local branch on Wednesday's and Thursday's and other activities throughout the year at the church and other locations. We really enjoy Family Home Evening every Monday night, where we spend quality time together by teaching gospel principles, going out for ice cream, having fun activities and sometimes all of them at once...lol. We live our faith also by having family prayers and individual prayers and reading the scriptures together as a family. One activity we have been doing together as a family lately is our Genealogy. My wife and I with the kids are learning a lot about where we came from and our ancestors. This is a really fun activity for us. I am thankful to my Heavenly Father for my new calling as the second counselor in our Branch Presidency. It has humbled me greatly. We love to take care of the missionaries serving in our area and feeding them. A new goal we have as a family is to share the gospel with our friends by inviting them to come to church with us, and we do the same to you. Come and learn about us!

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Jacob Burden Sr.
We believe that the Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead. Unlike Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ he is a spirit. He is used to touch our hearts and our minds to let us know when things are true. The Holy Ghost helps us to make the right choices by touching our hearts and minds to influence us. In the New Testament, St. John Chapter 14 Verse 26. Christ was speaking to the apostles before he ascended to his father and the apostles asked him how they were going to know the truth and what to teach the people and this was His answer. How do we know when the holy ghost is speaking to us...well he gave us the answer through the apostle Paul, he wrote in Galatians Chapter 5 verses 22 thru 23. There you go! These are the feelings the Spirit gives us from our Heavenly Father to know when he is speaking to us and telling us when things are true or right. My favorite part of that scripture is the last part, ...against such, there is no law. Meaning to me that there is no limits to the good feelings that spirit may give us and it differs for each of us. Some feel peace in their hearts or love for me it was the warmth the enveloped my entire body that night! What is so awesome, is that each of us is entitled to that gift! If you ever doubted anything or you want answers to your prayers...the Holy Ghost is there but you must follow the following instruction found in the Book of Mormon, in Moroni Chapter 10 Verses 3 thru 5. Show more Show less