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Hi I'm Jacob

I've been married for 2 years, but no kids yet. I enjoy biking and running. Just started dental school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I moved from California to SLC, Utah when I was 11. Through high school, swimming was a big part of my life and it helped me learn how to work and be disciplined. After high school it was off to college. When I started at the university I grew in ways I didn't think possible and I gained a sense of direction. This is when I gained confidence and realized that I wanted to go to dental school and that I really would be able to obtain that goal. About 5 years after I first started college I met my future wife. Being married is the most wonderful thing that has happened to me and it continues to get better. We don't have kids yet, but look forward to raising a family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family and I saw how the gospel helped my family get through the tragedy of the death of my sister Mary in a car accident. I firmly believe that if it was not for the gospel of Jesus Christ, my family would not have stayed whole. Although I grew up in an LDS family, I wasn't truly converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ until I felt lost and turned to God for help and direction. After I graduated high school, I went out to Maryland to work on a farm. Growing up I never seemed to have found confidence. While working over the summer in Maryland I realized that I had no idea what I was doing in life. I felt lost. Up to this point, I had never really had a desire to read scriptures or pray; however, growing up in a family that did follow these practices, I naturally turned to these tools God gave us. I started reading the Book of Mormon every day. As I read, I felt the love and comfort of God and it was the sweetest feeling I had felt. Shortly after starting to read, I began to pray to ask God if what I was reading was true and I received an answer multiple times. As I continued to read and pray, I became completely humbled and knew that Christ lived and atoned for our sins. I knew that God loved and knew me individually. My outlook on life had completely changed. It was as if somebody had switched the light on. Because of this experience I gained confidence and found direction as I stated above when I started college. As far as happiness goes in my life, there is a stark contrast of the before and after my conversion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that by living the principles of the gospel my life is happier. I continue to read from the Bible and the Book of Mormon and they give me direction to face life's obstacles. I know that the Book of Mormon is true because I received an answer from God as I prayed and it is through the Book of Mormon that I know Jesus Christ lives and has provided a way for all of us to be redeemed.

How I live my faith

I have been able to participate in the church in many different ways. Once I was asked to to watch over the nursery with my wife for about 3 months. My wife and I still laugh about a lot of experiences that we had while watching those little toddlers. On another occasion I served as ward clerk. My responsibility in this calling was to help the bishop with administrative task. Being able to serve in the church has been a great blessing in my life and has helped me to grow.