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Hi I'm Jacob

I study English and Portuguese, I love to dance, hike, and write, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have four brothers, all younger than me. In high school I played lacrosse and the piano. I now go to college where I am studying English and Portuguese. I served a 2-year mission for the LDS church in Fortaleza, Brazil, and now the Brazilian people are family to me. I am currently a teacher in the Missionary Training Center for missionaries preparing to go to Brazil. I love dancing, hiking in the mountains and all nature for that matter, reading and writing poetry, playing soccer, basketball, and racquetball, and eating foreign food.  

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents that were already active members of the Church. As I grew up, I participated in the youth programs of the Church, but I don't think it was until I was away at college that I really felt the need to know the truth for myself. I had read the Book of Mormon my whole life, but in my first few months away from home I felt the need to commit or re-commit to discovering its truth, and I began reading every day. Every day I read, I asked God if the book was true. I waited for a voice in my mind or a strong feeling, but nothing came. After weeks of reading the Book of Mormon, I became fascinated by the characters and themes (I being a student of literature), and I wanted to read more and more. But the answer I sought didn't seem to come. I remember one day walking through campus, when I felt an overwhelming sense of happiness. It didn't come at once, but rather I simply became conscious of the fact that I was happy. I asked myself, "Why am I so happy? Nothing out of the ordinary happened today." But I felt just the same that I was beaming, and then I remembered that I had been reading the Book of Mormon. I knew then without any doubt whatsoever that the book was true, and that the Prophet Joseph Smith, who brought it to light, was true also. Since that day, I have known. That knowledge still burns within me, and I want to share the happiness it has brought me with everyone.

How I live my faith

I read daily from the Book of Mormon, and I pray morning and night. Because of this, I feel close to my Heavenly Father always. I know that He loves me and that He guides me by His Spirit. I go to church meetings each Sunday to partake of the Sacrament. Every time I go to Church I am filled with the Spirit and overwhelmed by the love of the Savior. I learn new things about Christ every single time I go. I also go to the temple often to worship God and learn to more about how to walk in His light. I serve as Family Home Evening group leader; since my ward is filled with college students my age, we are organized into groups to hold Family Home Evenings together every Monday evening. Another girl and I plan and lead the activities for our group. We do things like play sports, share spiritual messages, and visit hospitals and other people in need. I am also a Home Teacher with one of my roommates. There are four students, two boys and two girls, that we are assigned to visit and ensure that all is going well in their lives. We talk about how they are doing and ask if there is ever anything we can do to help. I love serving in the Church because it brings me closer to my Savior.

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