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Hi I'm Jacob

I am a husband, a new father, and I'm training to be a dentist at UCLA.

About Me

I want to live a good, and happy life. Preferably, it will include some of the things that I consider luxuries (i.e. I want to maintain a healthy/active lifestyle, I want to work in a nice office, I want to pursue some hobbies, etc...) However, I have in my life now, the things that bring me the most happiness. For starters, my wife, Tricia. I often think of her as my greatest asset. She is my greatest friend and most sweet romance. I could go on about how dearly I hold our relationship, but that would be better said in a blog. Something else I cherish are my children, Sterling and Saphera. They were born in March 2012 and August 2013. Having children has changed my perspective on life for the better. I love them so much and they have brought more joy to my life than I ever thought having kids would. Besides what I have already mentioned, I also enjoy surfing, snowboarding, science, reading, the news, YouTube, and dreaming about the future. I want to be a great dentist, and give my patients my very best work, every single day.

Why I am a Mormon

I continue to follow the gospel because I believe that God answers my prayers. There are a number of experiences in my life that I believe Heavenly Father was reaching out to me, through the Holy Ghost. There have been times when I was praying, (or reading the scriptures, or hearing someone talk about the plan of salvation,) when I felt a strong peace in my heart. It is accompanied by understanding and enlightenment. Several times it has come very profoundly. Other times, it is gentle, like a soft whisper. One thing is for sure, when I am diligent and sincere in my daily scripture study and daily personal prayer, I feel it more frequently. I love Jesus Christ. I believe that is is the Son of God, and the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind. As I study and strive to emulate his life, and the lives of others who have followed in his foot steps, I find a joy, and a peace, that does not come from doing the things the world says we should to. He teaches that we should come to Him, and that if we do so, he will bless us with more then what the world can give us. The world says we should drink alcohol to be happy, or use drugs, or sleep with as many women as we can. The world says we should do whatever we can to make as much money, even if it is dishonest, or not honorable, so we can then spend it on things that just give us more pleasure. What I believe, is that if we turn to Jesus Christ, He will teach us who he is, who God is, and how we should live our life to have true happiness. This includes faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism, and receiving the Holy Ghost. It includes being virtuous, treating myself, my body, and others with respect and kindness. It includes serving others, and donating to charities. It means being honest and being a good neighbor and citizen. It means being a good friend. Because I want to live a truly joyful life, I want to do what Heavenly Father wants me to do. These are some of the reasons why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

In the church, I serve in a position called the Ward Mission Leader. That means that whenever someone is investigating the church in my area, I help them work with the missionaries to learn the principles of the gospel and get to know the members of the congregation. I also work with the bishop and other people in the ward to help the members do missionary work and invite their friends and neighbors to hear about the gospel. I also strive to not hesitate inviting others to learn more about my beliefs if they express an interest.

What is being a Mormon like?

It is pretty cool. There is a lot of work involved, and it requires a lot of sacrifices. But I believe it is all worth it. I believe that God probably wants it to be hard. Nothing in life worth while, is easy. I hope that helps. Show more Show less