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Hi I'm Jacob

I am a native of Arizona. I'm a Dad with a great family. I love sports and the outdoors. I'm an engineer. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I’m a native Arizonan. I have a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and an MBA. I work in the semiconductor industry as a process engineer, working to make integrated circuits faster, with higher yields, and at a lower cost. I love fishing, camping, hiking, running and other sports. I've fished many areas across the state--primarily trout fishing. I like creek or river fishing more than lake fishing. I’m crazy enough to have hiked the Grand Canyon rim to rim to rim (R2R2R)—47 miles and 11,000 feet of elevation gain—twice in under 18 hours each time. I've worked with the boy scouts on multiple occasions and enjoy going on outings and backpacking trips with them. I've played softball and basketball leagues over the years. I love ping pong and played a lot during college. I enjoy playing with my wonderful kids. I've coached their soccer, baseball, and basketball teams. We have fun camping and doing things together. I play the piano, the organ, and the trombone. I love my family. We enjoy singing and playing the piano together. I love Jesus Christ and his gospel. I enjoy gardening and growing fruit. We have a vegetable garden, growing asparagus, tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, and corn during the spring and sumer and lettuce, spinach, peas, and broccoli in the winter. We have several fruit trees including several types of oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, lemon, peaches, apples, and plums.

Why I am a Mormon

My faith in Jesus Christ has grown throughout my life. Since I was a child I’ve believed that God, my Heavenly Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ, love me, are aware of my needs and desires, and want me to be happy. I have found that true happiness by doing my best to follow Jesus’ example and teachings—loving and serving God and my neighbor. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. I've felt his love for me many times throughout my life, espeically at poignant times such as when one of my children was born or when my Mom passed away when I was only 22. He has saved me from death by the gift of the resurrection and I know that I will see my mom again. He has saved me from sin through his infinite atonement, his suffering for all of our sins. I know that as I repent and do my best to keep His commandments his grace will allow me to become pure and return to live with Him and His Father. I know Jesus Christ’s gospel has been restored in its fullness through the prophet Joseph Smith. Under Jesus' direction, Joseph Smith organized The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, commonly referred to as the Mormons. I have read the Book of Mormon many times and have felt the Holy Spirit confirm its truth to my heart and mind. I know that God has a prophet on the earth today to teach us His will. I had the life-changing opportunity of serving a 2 year mission in Portugal. I love the Portuguese people so much! They are so kind and devoted to family. One of these days I hope to return for a visit with my sweetheart to see the many friends I left behind when I returned home. I am grateful that our loving Father in Heaven and loving Savior have allowed us to come to earth, to learn and grow, and to one day return to live with them again with our families.

How I live my faith

I do my best to be a loving, supportive husband and father. I play with my kids. I work with my kids. I teach my kids secular knowledge, talents such as music and athletics, and most importantly, the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love my wife dearly and stand with her as an equal partner in leading our family. I can’t go to sleep at night without kneeling with her and praying to my Heavenly Father, thanking Him for all He has blessed us with. I try to follow Christ's teachings and example in all that I do. I acknowledge that I am far from perfect, but in spite of that I try to improve each day. I try to love and serve God and my neighbor. Whenever I can I take my kids along with me to help someone move or to clean up someone's yard. I try to say kind things to others, to smile and be friendly, to respect their viewpoints and wishes. I try to be a friend to all of my neighbors, to get to know them and their families, to be a support to them in their challenges. At church I have the opportunity to work with many different ages from the young children to the teenagers to the adults. I love being with the little children. They are so precious and pure! They sing about Jesus and Heavenly Father with such enthusiasm and faith! I am able to teach them on occasion and savor each opportunity. I also meet with the teenagers as a group and individually. As a group I am able to participate in some of their activities and scout outings. They are great young people, learning and growing and helping each other. When I talk with them individually I am able to hear about their lives, their interests, what they are doing to pray and study the gospel each day. Finally, I love the adults in our congregation. They are so devoted and dedicated to teaching their own families and to serving others in many ways. Truly, it takes the whole body of Christ's church to move his work forward!