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Hi I'm Jacob.

I'm a father of 4, love BYU sports and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have 4 young kids (oldest is 8). I love sports, particularly BYU sports, and am working to instill that love of BYU to them. We like to get together with friends to cheer on the Cougar teams. I work in the marketing department of a large company and my wife stays home with our children.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon my whole life. I attended church weekly, participated in other church activities regularly, and my parents taught me important principles from the church. In my late teen years I was preparing to go on a 2-year mission for the church. Missionaries meet with others, teach how following the teachings of Jesus Christ can make you more happy and how joining the Mormon church can support you in getting closer to your Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. As I was preparing I realized it was all I had really been exposed to and questioned if I really could feel comfortable working with others to become members of my church if I was not 100% convinced that it was the best place for me. I prayed regularly seeking better understanding, spoke with a number of people I trusted, and studied the Book of Mormon and the Bible. Over time experiences I'd had throughout my life came to my mind. Eventually I realized two key points: 1. I had numerous experiences where I felt a comforting peace when I was doing things which I was taught. I came to recognize that as the way Heavenly Father teaches me what is good. I had felt this doing things like reading the Book of Mormon, visiting and helping others, participating in church meetings and activities and more. 2. As I compared lives and attitudes of people I really trusted and respected, I realized that in almost every case they were incorporating many of the key principles taught through the church in their lives. In contrast, many people who made choices contrary to those principles were individuals who were less happy and satisfied. Because I realized that (1) I had felt confirmation that my path was good and (2) those which followed that type of path were generally the type of people I wanted to be like, I knew I could teach others those concepts as a missionary with no regrets. As a father it is now important for me to help my children gain that same understanding that I gained when I was younger.

How I live my faith

I live my faith first by trying to be a good husband and father. Jesus Christ's life was the perfect example of love, peace, and patience and I try to incorporate those traits in my home (although I'm far from perfect and with 4 kids under 8 there are many times when I lack the patience and love Christ would demonstrate!). I also seek to live my faith in every day life, in interactions with neighbors, work colleagues, and others. I try to be respectful and kind to those around me. I also am provided opportunities to live my faith through church. There are opportunities to help and serve others that are identified (for both individuals within your own congregation and also general community service). This allows me to provide some help for others and also teach my children the importance of service as they see me providing help to others.