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Hi I'm Jacob

I’m a Southerner at heart, a bookworm by night, and a computer geek by choice. And I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I just graduated from college and am starting work as a software developer. I love reading, rock climbing, snowboarding, and being a nerd.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the teachings of this church. They fill me with peace and understanding, and they just make sense. When I read the Book of Mormon I am inspired to be a better person. When I pray to my Heavenly Father, I know who I am talking to because I understand my relationship with Him. I understand the blessings that come from righteousness and the consequences of my mistakes because the Lord clearly lays them out. I know what to expect in the next life, and am not afraid of death, all because of the teachings of this church.

How I live my faith

I believe a big part of happiness in life comes from hard work. I love the feeling at the end of a long productive day, nothing beats it! I also believe that God has a lot of things He wants me to do. I feel I am living my religion the best I can when I am doing things for His children. In the church, there is a place for everyone to serve. Currently I am serving as a secretary in my local congregation.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

We believe that certain ordinances must be done while we are here on earth in order to return to live with our Father in Heaven after death. One of those is baptism, and the Lord revealed through Joseph Smith that this ordinance can be performed for those who did not have the priviledge while they were alive. Baptisms for the dead are done by proxy - that means that someone here on earth is baptized in place of someone who has passed away. The deceased person then has the opportunity to accept that ordinance, and it is as if they received it while they were alive. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

We believe that God is a being with all power and all knowledge. We believe He has a body, though it is not mortal like ours are. He is also our Father, and has a plan to help his children (that's us) be happy. We believe a person can talk with God through prayer, and that God will both hear and answer prayers. We believe that He loves His children, and does everything He can to help them grow into their best selves. Show more Show less