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Hi I'm Eric Jakob

I'm Canadian, I'm a husband and father, I've built a fishing lodge, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married 15 years to my lovely wife Jennifer. I sold and distributed building products across Canada for 15 years. I have now left that world behind since Jennifers career as a diplomat has currently landed us in Morocco. We have 3 boys. Our family is really enjoying our African / European experience and we are bonding with the wonderful people in this Islamic nation. I love their devotion and spirituality. About 6 years ago we acquired some land on a private lake in the mountains of Quebec. After viewing many youtube videos, I felt confident enough to go and cut some large trees to start construction for a log home. It has been a great success. Along the way I learned a lot about patience, perseverance, research and hard work. The boys make sure I take my breaks so we can fish, swim and kayak together. I also compete in Golf long drive competitions, Basketball mens league, I love college football, painting, poetry, I cook, love science, politics, art, and music. Just about everything interests me. I do a bit of everything but I don't really excel at anything. I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Paris France. It was perhaps a greater experience for me than for those whom I served. I tried to be thorough as I taught. I have received so many blessings since I've been back. My wife is a champion mother and we are very happy together.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members of the church when I was born and so I was raised with its teachings. However, when I was an adolescent I became disinterested in the Church. I Joined the army and left my hometown with any support I had in the gospel. During my 2nd year in the army near the end of a 2 month training course I returned to the barracks one Sunday afternoon feeling depressed. I sat down and tried to figure out what the source of these feelings were. I quickly realized it was because my life was not in tune with the gospel. I had developed a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ while I was young and because it was gradual I had not realized it. I remember feeling strongly that I needed to change my life. That I knew where happiness was found, that everything my parents and sunday school teachers had taught me growing up is true and in following Christ there was happiness. I found some scriptures in my barracks and opened them to where they fell and read a beautiful scripture that applied to my situation exactly. It was enough for me. I straightened things out and applied to be a missionary. As a missionary a leader told us that everyone who has not had a spiritual witness of the Book of Mormon after having read it and prayed about it, is entitled to one. That we may have a testimony that has accumulated over time but that we wouldn't offend God if we prayed to ask for a witness now. One night after my missionary companion had gone to bed I knelt down to pray. I prayed a lengthy, heartfelt prayer and waited. I was about to go to bed but thought I should pray again to show my sincerity and to show that I am willing to wait for an answer. After a time I prayed a third time, then waited, and prayed once again. I felt like Enos who prayed the entire day and into the night. Then, it happened. I received a strong spiritual witness that the Book of Mormon was true. I felt it throughout my entire body and it was unmistakable.

How I live my faith

I was called as the Young mens president in our ward in Ottawa. I worked with a lot of inner city kids with varied needs. I served for 8 years. We enjoyed each other and were edified by each other. We broke a guinness world record together for the longest concert put on by a choir, canoe trips and bike trips, plays and productions. We also taught, served and felt the spirit together frequently. I have recently been assigned as the stake high council representative to the Abitibi branch in Northern Quebec, a 5 hour drive from our home. When I travel there to meet with the members I am amazed at their zeal and "joie de vivre". They have the entire enthusiasm of a large ward packed into just a tiny little branch and they are teaching me about service and zeal in sharing beliefs with others. At home my wife and I try to teach our young boys to be well rounded, charitable, and loving. At times we are surprised to find that they actually learned what we were trying to teach when we thought they were just bouncing off the walls or wrestling with each other. Children surely are beautiful sprits. We try to find metaphors in nature and elsewhere to help them better understand gospel principles, Gods love or concern, or how we take care of each other.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Eric Jakob
Misinformed. I can't believe that anyone who honestly knows the teachings within the church and the service rendered and all that goes on truly believes this. It is just a case of misinformation or not enough information. To anyone who would stand by such an accusation all we can say is come and see for yourself. There is nothing to hide. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Eric Jakob
No. We are encouraged to serve missions. There are no rights or opportunities denied a church member for having not served a mission. Truth is I feel I was the benefactor of having served a mission more than those whom I served. I feel I am spiritually 20 years ahead of where I would have been otherwise. I have never in my life and with all of the church members that I know, heard someone say the regret having served a mission. I have heard people say they regret having not served. Show more Show less