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Hi I'm Jacob

I grew up in Florida. I'm a family man and a lawyer. I love the outdoors. I'm a Latter-day Saint aka Mormon.

About Me

I'm married to my best friend and am the father of two beautiful children, a boy and a girl. I just finished law school and am ready to start a career. I love to read, play ultimate frisbee, hike, and spend time with my family. I grew up in rural Florida, so I consider myself somewhat of a country boy. I love languages. In addition to Southern, I speak French and Spanish. I learned French while serving as a missionary in France. I am currently learning Spanish from my wife (who is half Mexican), along with my children.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when they were young adults. My mom was Catholic and my dad was Methodist. My grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins belong to many different Christian religions. Although my parents were active in church and taught my sisters and I their faith, they always encouraged us to learn what was true for ourselves. I remember sitting in church one Sunday as a teenager. Every first Sunday of the month, the members of our congregations are invited to share their testimonies with everyone else, what they believe or know to be true. One woman's words particularly struck me that day. She said she knew that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was God's true church. I had always believed that what my parents had taught me was true, but I realized that I could not say that I knew for a fact that it was true, like this woman claimed to know. I realized that if I were to continue in the church, I had to know for myself. When I got home from church that day, I began to read the Book of Mormon from the beginning. I began praying each night to know if the book was true. About a month later, the answer came. I felt an overwhelming joy and peace confirming that the words I read came from God. I knew that Jesus Christ was really my Savior, that the Book of Mormon really was the word of God, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was, in fact, God's true church restored to the Earth by a prophet. My testimony and knowledge of those things has grown and expanded since that time as I have developed a closer relationship with my Heavenly Father. I know that God lives and that He loves us. I know that His Son, Jesus Christ, lives. He really did die for our sins. He really was resurrected so that each of us will be able to live again. There really is a living prophet on the earth today. I know that each of us has the privilege and right to learn these truths for ourselves, as I did.

How I live my faith

My religion influences and affects every aspect of my daily life, not in a constraining or burdensome way, but in a similar way that the discovery of the elements in the periodic table informs and expands scientific thought and discovery. Because I know that I really have a Heavenly Father who loves me, and who has provided a way for me to live with Him again and become like Him, my life perspective, thoughts, and actions are different than they would be without that knowledge. I believe that honesty, integrity, love, and all of the other Christian values really matter. They affect my interactions with others. Because I recognize that everyone around me is really my brother or sister, I try harder to treat them as such. I'm far from perfect, but through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, I try to perfect myself each day. As members of the Church, we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. As we strive to obey the commandments and repent, we are blessed to have the Holy Ghost with us as a constant companion. He comforts us, teaches us, and guides us. I start and end each day with prayer. I pray personally, and we pray as a family. I also study the scriptures each morning. The scriptures have been an enormous strength and blessing in my life. I have received some of the most important personal guidance of my life during my scripture study, including the guidance to ask my wife to marry me. I also attend church every week. All members of the church are asked to serve in various capacities. We have no lay or paid leadership. I have served as a clerk, a secretary, a missionary, and most recently as a young men's leader. These opportunities to serve have blessed my life and taught me a lot of important things about myself and others. They have prepared to me to be a better husband and father. They have brought balance to my life. Being a member of the church may seem very time consuming, but in reality, it helps everything in life fit together more easily and happily.