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Hi I'm Jacob

I grew up in Idaho, am a doctor in the U.S. military, a husband, a father, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a pathologist in the U.S. military (in residency until 2012), and have several years of service commitment remaining before I will enter the civilian physician workforce. I went to college and majored in Microbiology, but I had first started in mathematics with a computer science minor in my first year. After serving a Mormon mission, I became interested in a more service-oriented career, and medicine eventually became my choice. I worked hard in college and was privileged to attend the U.S. military medical school near Washington, DC. I am a husband to a wonderful wife who shares my beliefs (we met in college), and have three wonderful boys (as of 2011) and hope to have more. I like to participate in Church activities, scouting (especially campouts) and still like computers and technology, city bicycling, and spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon all of my life, and am the seventh generation of a long line of Mormons stretching back to my fourth great-grandfather, who joined the Mormon church 5 years after it was restored by Joseph Smith, in 1835. I at first stayed in the Church because I was shown that way by my family growing up. However, from many spiritual experiences on my mission, as well as from attending Mormon seminary classes in high school and Institute classes in college, as well as wonderful experiences from my family, I know that the Church is true and of God. Although I am imperfect, I know that I can rely on the Lord and live with faith as I participate diligently in His church.

How I live my faith

I've had many callings during my years in the Church. I currently teach the 7-going-on-8 year-olds' primary class in my ward. It is really fun to teach younger children, but it is my first calling teaching those just reaching the age of baptism. It is neat to see their faith grow. I have seen and will get to see many more of them get baptized when they turn 8 years old. I also home teach a few families in the ward, and appreciate the opportunity I have to befriend and then serve those whom I am called to watch over. All of my experiences and various callings have helped me to become more faithful and learn to serve and be faithful in more capacities than I would have been able to do alone.