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Hi I'm Jacob

I'm working on a PhD in Physics in Chicago. I enjoy my research, love my friends and family, and like to travel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I played the trumpet growing up, but it's hard to keep up in my tiny studio. I don't think my neighbors would appreciate it if I practiced like I want to, but I still pull it out occasionally, put a mute in, and play a little jazz. I love music in general, I listen to everything from classical to rock, and I definitely sing bass. I really enjoy cooking, too, every couple months I start on a new "culinary adventure," I guess it's my biggest creative outlet since I can't play my trumpet like I want to anymore. And it helps that I love eating what I make. Plus it's something to work on, I get to feel like I'm improving, and I love that. Along the lines of self-improvement, I swim a lot, too, and spend time at the gym, trying to stay in shape. I'm working on a PhD in Physics. At my undergrad I got a research assistantship to work in a laser lab, and pretty soon I realized that I felt like I was a little kid, like my job was to go and play with big toys, so I want to stay in research and keep playing. There's a lot of exciting stuff to figure out, too, and I'm really curious. I love to learn, I love working in the lab and learning something new, and I love having friends that study and know things that I don't. My best friend studies literature, and I feel like it enriches my life to talk to her and pick up on what she knows; I have other friends in biology and medicine, chemistry... you name it, and it's all interesting stuff.

Why I am a Mormon

Mostly I'm a Mormon just because I have a relationship with the Lord, He has spoken to me, and told me that it's true. He guides me in many of my decisions, and He keeps leading me the right way, so I trust Him. There's a lot of beauty in the Gospel, all kinds of things that make sense to me, a way in which it fits together beautifully, but most important is that the Lord has told me personally that the Book of Mormon is full of true teachings, that the Gospel is true, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is led by Him. There is a prophet on the earth today, a man who is authorized by God to speak to the whole world for Him, and there is power in the Church to work miracles. I've seen some in my own life, my family is full of stories of miracles, and, most important of all, God told me Himself that this power is in the Church. The most marvelous miracle of all is that we can change, we can grow up and become more like our Heavenly Father: kinder, more loving, more forgiving, more holy. That's the most important things that Jesus Christ and His sacrifice are about for me, we don't have to be trapped by our mistakes and bad habits, He has power to help us grow. That's the most important miracle of all, and I've seen it in my own life over and over again. He keeps helping me to grow and escape my mistakes, and through the Gospel that He teaches through this church, I keep getting better, and I'll grow into what He wants me to become. I know the Church is true, that what it teaches is true, and from God, and that no other way will lead us to happiness like this. And that's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I end up spending a lot of time at church. There are Sunday meetings, of course, but there are activities, scripture study classes, and plenty of other chances to learn and to grow. We all pitch in a little, right now I help with some of the organizational things, act as a secretary to the branch president (basically the pastor in our small congregation), just help him so we don't forget any of the things that need to be taken care of, take notes in meetings, things like that. Maybe it's not the most exciting way to help out, but it's important to make sure that we take care of everyone's needs, the last thing we would want is to forget someone, and it's almost impossible for someone like our branch president, with a wife, young kids, a career as a computer programmer to support them, all the administrative duties, and over fifty people to take care of, to keep track of the tons of little things on his plate, so I'm there to help out and make sure he doesn't forget any of it. I really admire him for all he does, and love to help. But of course I'm not at church just to be an administrator, that's just my calling, something I do for a few hours a week to serve the branch. Most of the time at church I'm learning about the Savior and His Gospel, and spending time with friends. I have a lot of friends at church, and we spend time together at church and all kinds of activities: sometimes we'll go into the city, or we'll just get together at someone's place for a game night. Most important of all is my relationship with the Savior. At church I learn about Him and talk about Him with my friends there, and I spend a little time every day studying the scriptures and praying, talking to God to strengthen that relationship. We do our best to serve Him, and I try to learn as much as I can about the Gospel.