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Hi I'm Jacob

I grew up in Eastern Washington I enjoy working and playing hard and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being in the out of doors. I canoe, hike, bike, swim, camp and just like to sit and take a moment and breath in the beauty of all that is around me. I am married and have four children, and I enjoy taking my kids with me when I explore. My wife and I love working together in the kitchen and on household projects. When our kids are in bed we enjoy taking time to relax and talk about our hopes and dreams. I have my bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and I am working towards my masters, which I will complete at a later date. It is challenging going to school and raising four children and managing my time between the two.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the LDS Church shortly after they were married. As I grew up I remember my parents many times telling me of the blessings that they enjoy as a result of their decision to join this Church. I have often heard people say “well, you are a Mormon because that is what you were taught to believe”. I was first introduced to the Church as a child. I too had to investigate its doctrines and principles and make my own choices. My primary focus over the first parts of my teenage years was the Book of Mormon. The Church claims that if this book is truly scripture, if it is what it says it is, then all other parts of the Church hinge or can be traced back to that book. It took me years of careful pondering and prayer before I realized that I knew it was true. It is True! I love the Book of Mormon with all of my heart. That wonderful book teaches and testifies of Jesus Christ on every page! I too love the Bible and I know that it is the word of God. But I am a disciple of Jesus Christ because of the Book of Mormon. One of my favorite scripture from the Book of Mormon comes from a prophet named Helaman. Helaman taught his sons “ And now, my son remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ the Son of God that ye must build your foundation... which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.” This passage of scripture has helped and sustained me time, and time again as I have faced challenges in my life. I am grateful for a loving and kind Heavenly Father who loves me and sent his Son Jesus Christ to prepare away for me to return to live with him. As the years have past my testimony of the Book of Mormon has increased as well as my testimony of the simple and beautiful truths taught in Christ Church. This is the Lords work! I have never been involved in a work that is more compassionate, more caring nor more like the Master than this. I know it is the Lords Kingdom on earth.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon really is more to me than a religion, it is a way of life it’s who I am and how I think and view the world around me. Life seems less chaotic when I focus on what truly is important. I don’t have to wear the latest fashion, drive the newest car or have the biggest house. Those things don’t matter to me. When these things are less important it leaves time for those things that are, like my family and my community. In the Church we have the blessing of volunteering our time and talents to help others. I have worked in many places and in different capacities. One of my favorite volunteer opportunities is when I am working with the youth. They live in challenging times. Life is not kind to them. They need consistent examples of faith in their lives. They need to be shown the way to Christ. I also enjoy spending time with my family. My wife and I read the scriptures with our children in the morning before we send them off to face the world. On Monday evenings we set aside time for our kids, we meet with them and teach them a lesson often times they are the ones teaching us about Jesus. Then we play games together and have treats. When Monday nights are kept sacred and not planned over we cherish the opportunity it affords us to be… well, just us, a family. Although I have never really lived without the gospel or the Church of Jesus Christ, I have seen many who have. I have seen many wander, some into despair, some into contentment but never have I truly met someone who was as happy as I have seen people when they are truly loving and serving the Lord. When they finally loose themselves in service they find themselves in Christ, they find themselves enveloped in peace, in joy and in the love of our Savior. There is nothing more humbling then to briefly feel a small part of what the Savior feels for one of his Children.