Hi I'm Jacob
Since the time I was five years old, my mother taught me to play the piano. It didn't take long for me to decide that I wanted to do more than just play the piano. In fourth grade, I learned to play the violin. In fifth grade, I picked up the trumpet. In eight grade, I picked up guitar and french horn. In my senior year of school I started into playing drums. As for singing? Well, I started that on my way out of the womb. Music is my passion. For me it is an expression of my soul. I sit at a piano and just play whatever I feel. Sometimes it is happy, and sometimes it is sad. Other times it is chaotic. But every time it is freeing. Other than making music, I really enjoy making things in general. I like to build things. I like to fix things. I like to learn about how things work. I love working on cars because every time I do I learn something new and I feel accomplished at having been able to fix something. I am going to school for mechanical engineering and would also like to get a second degree in electrical engineering.
Why I am a Mormon
I have found nothing in this life that has brought me as much joy as the gospel of Jesus Christ. Until I came to a knowledge of the reality of our Sacior and his life and atonement, my life was empty and unhappy, though I hardly knew it. I have been a member of this church my entire life, but up until the time I was about fifteen years old, I didn't believe it was true, nor did I have any desire to believe so. My views paralleled those of countless others who believe that religion was fabricated to control the masses and perpetuated by the weak who allowed themselves to be deceived so. As life has gone on, I have come to realize that I didn't truly believe that, but I chose to because I wanted to live my life the way I wanted and had absolutely no desire to follow the will of anyone other than myself. But to appease my parents and those around me, I did all the things I was supposed to. I figured I would pretend I believed it now and then never go back to church once I turned eighteen. Obvioulsy God had other plans for me. When I was about fifteen years old, I went to a summer camp for LDS youth. I don't remember what class I was in. I don't remember who i was with or even which classroom I was in. All I remember is the overwhelming joy that flowed into my soul as the Spirit of God testified to me of the truth of this gospel. I know, in a manner that transcends the five senses, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Jesus Christ is truly our Lord and Savior. He truly came to this earth and died for our sins so that we could become who He wants us to be. He lived to show us the way. He suffered for our sins so that if we forsake them and follow Him, we can be forgiven. He died for us so that we can one day be ressurected and reunited with those who have passed on to live forever in His presence in unspeakable joy and peace. I know that this is true and it has made me who I am today. My name is Jacob. I am a Child of God. I am a Mormon.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
I, myself, went on a mission because this gospel brought me more joy than I ever thought possible! When I realized that nothing in the world could bring me the joy and peace that I felt when I finally came to a sure knowledge of the atonement of Jesus Christ, and God's plan for us, I wanted nothing more than to share what I felt with the world! I wanted everyone to know what I knew and feel what I felt! The gospel has blessed me so much! I want everyone else to have the same blessings I do!
How I live my faith
I basically try to live my life every day with God's plan for me in mind. I try to recognize the things I need to change or do to more fully live as God would have me live. I try my best to let people know I care about them and to not offend anyone, and if I make offense, to make things right as soon as possible. I try not to be angry with people and I try not to take offense at things people say or do. I try my best to put myself into the shoes of other people and understand why they are who they are and why they act the way they do. Understanding someone is the purest form of love in my eyes. I try to be a friend to everyone. I can't say I am the best at talking to people, because sometimes people terrify me, but I do my best to let everyone I come into contact with know that I think they are worth my time and friendship. I just try my best to live as Jesus lived every day. Obviously I'm not perfect, but when I make missteps, I take a step back to set myself back on the right track and just keep moving forward. "Be ye therefore perfect, as your father even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." I am a child of God and I want to be who He wants me to be, because he has given me everything, the least I can give Him is myself.