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Hi I'm Jacob Goodwin

I am a Mormon actively involved in my church and its local activities. The gospel taught in the church brings me happiness.

About Me

I am an electrical engineer working at a large national lab in the Bay Area. I find making things brings great satisfaction. But I find even greater satisfaction in life as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ taught in the church are a guiding light, and they help me grow in all things. They make me a better student, a better family member, a better citizen, a better employee. In all, they make me happier. Though I may not be chipper all the time, I know God is watching over me and I am thankful for His kindness towards me and my family. This is the long term happiness I love.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon household. We went to church every Sunday. I was what you might call a good kid. I never wanted to displease my parents, and I would sometimes get defensive when a member my peers would give trouble to teachers or leaders. My story is not that of the rebel turned saint. While growing up I was surrounded by good people, people of integrity who practiced what they preached. From about the age of 12, I remember being intimately involved in serving with this people. During my mid-teen years, however, these experiences no longer satisfied me as a compelling reason to stay involved in the church. I began to think that if I were going to church for good associations, I might find them in many other good organizations. I still, however, attended church and maintained those good associations. But something of the zest I had for living and serving in the church community waned. It was only while attending college far from home that I was able to make steps that would have me where I am today. I searched and prayed to God to know whether what I was doing was right. My eyes were opened as I read the Book of Mormon. As I read it and applied the teachings, my life was better. Of my own initiative I strove to serve others and be like Christ. Blessings followed. I later ended up reading the Bible and other scriptures we have in the church. I went on to serve a full time mission for the church in Argentina. I have been a leader and a disciple in the church. But no matter what my position or personal influence in the church my testimony that this church is directed by the Lord has grown. And though I don't depend on the goodness of others for my being at church, I see it as an evidence that God is working in the lives of the members of this church.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in many ways. Hopefully one day I can live a life very much like Jesus Christ lived. I will just write one example of a way in which I have been able to live my faith. I feel like I have been blessed with the opportunity of helping new people who come to our church. I haven't done so well to invite all my neighbors (you are invited!), but when they do come I try to make myself aware of whenever something might be hard for somebody new to our congregation to comprehend. I am not gifted at this, and sometimes I also do a poor job of explaining our beliefs when I speak with the same incomprehensible jargon that we all tend to speak. But as I try, just a little, to understand what such a person is going through I am filled with a better comprehension and compassion. When I do this there tends to be an openness between the newcomers and myself. In actuality, this openness tends to extend to the whole congregation. I try to be the person who does not overreact or become offended by the questions of those who sincerely want to know more about what we Mormons believe. In answering these questions I am able to look outside of the normal Mormon understanding. I am able to see the good that visitors and converts bring to the church. In turn, I am again more able to help those that are just getting to know the church.

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

Jacob Goodwin
We believe that temples are the House of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that they should be kept clean and pure. Therefore, the church has a prescribed set of guidelines that determine if one can enter the temple. One must live a high enough law to obtain a permit (called a temple recommend) to enter the temple. The church gladly invites all to meet the standards for the temple recommend so that they can worship in the temples. Lastly, church meeting houses are open to all visitors. All are encouraged to join us for Sunday worship services and other activities. I have entered several Mormon temples. The strange feelings and concerns about the temple are not only found among those who are not Mormons, but by youth and other Mormons who have not been involved with the worship practices of the temple. In the temple, we perform ceremonies showing our willingness to be faithful to God. Unfortunately, society has generally thought of all rites and ceremonies in terms of dark, cult practices. They are seen as strange and bizarre. Yet few people, and especially Christians, would consider a rite such as baptism a dark practice that is somehow threatening. Rather, most consider it an ennobling ceremony that helps an individual to have a better life. That's what the ordinances of the temple are. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Jacob Goodwin
No. We try to extend the community that we have in our congregations to the entire community. I have been involved in many official church activities where we were involved with the community as a whole. We also serve each other greatly within and among our congregations. We believe that these congregations have a duty to God to care for one another. We also believe in teaching the members of the congregation self-reliance. In other words, we do all we can to help others and to humbly provide for the needs of our families. If the community sees our congregational community and thinks any good of them, we hope they will accept our help and adopt these same principles in the civic community. But these principles are not achieved through rules and laws. They are most greatly achieved when the hearts of individuals and families are touched to serve. This is why our service within our congregations is so strong and why we are striving to extend this service to the community. Show more Show less