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Hi I'm Jacob

I work, I study, I run, I train, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live away from home, enrolled full-time as a student, studying psychology and Japanese. I enjoy running, exercise, and every kind of sport. In my free time, I like to travel, see new places, and meet new people. I have traveled through British Columbia, Mexico, England, Ireland, Japan, and most of the United States. I love camping, hiking, and all sorts of outdoor sports. I recently placed 2nd for the first time in a Marathon (26.2m/42k) that was held in the city in which I live. I have played music in different bands, and enjoy playing the guitar and electric bass.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family where both my Mother and Father were actively involved in the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as the Mormon church. Growing up I participated weekly in various ativities including worship, youth and service activities that were centered in the faith of that church. What was more of a habit or a lifestyle of attending church meetings as a teenager and young college student became what I truly believed when I, at the encouragement of a very close friend, decided to find out for myself it what I had been told my entire life was true. After reading the promise found in the introduction of the Book of Mormon, which is repeated again in the 10th chapter of the Book of Moroni found at the end of the Book, versed 4 and 5, I decided that I had to try this promise and know for myself if it was true. After reading some passages of the Book of Mormon that I felt close to, I went to a quiet place where I could listen to the feelings that my Father in Heaven was trying to help me feel. When I prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was a true book, written by the hand of God and translated by the prophet Joseph Smith, I felt something that I had never felt before. The feeling was of complete peace and confidence that my Father in Heaven knows who I am, and cares that I find happiness and peace in this life. I know now that that feeling was the influence of the Holy Ghost, a special messenger that our Father in Heaven uses to teach truth and comfort me in times of trial and struggle. I know now as well that the way to find that happiness and peace in this life, as well as forever with my family, is through the great plan that has been created by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, called the plan of salvation. This plan was also revealed to the prophet Joseph smith by the hand of the Lord, and can be found written in the pages of the Book of Mormon. None of this would be possible without the infinite atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, every member has opportunity to serve others. These assignments are referred to as "callings" as we belive that the Lord knows and "calls" each individual to the assignment, knowing that it will provide opportunities for both those called and those who they serve to help each other learn, grow, and come closer to their families, through faith in Jesus Christ. The calling that I have is as a supervisor of Home Teaching activity in the single adult congregation in which I live. Home Teaching is a program that has been revealed to the leaders of the church today, through direct revelation from Jesus Christ, to help take care of needs of the members of the Church. Each family has two male members of the church assigned to visit once a month, usually a father and son. These visits are typically long enough to share thoughts and testimony about experiences and challenges that we face together, and provide opportunity to give thanks and worship our savior as a family. Another key responsibility of a Home Teacher is to make sure that not only the spiritual needs, but the physical needs of the members are being met as well. I was assigned a few families to visit with my father when I was a teenager, and remember visiting the home of an older woman whose husband had passed away years before. My Father would always ask if there was any work that could be done around her home or her yard that she no longer could take care of by herself. Even though she would politely let us know that she could take care of it, I remember seeing her smiling when my Father, brothers and I, with a few other men from the congregation would come to her home to help with the weeding, mowing, raking and other things that come with keeping a yard and home tidy. Living my faith includes all this and making sure that I show my love and appreciation to my Father in Heaven every day by striving to love and serve those around me.