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Hi I'm Jacob

I'm a student. I'm a soldier. I love sports and the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of five kids and that means that I had a lot of fun growing up. I grew up with a mix of both the rural and non-rural experience. I'm from a small farming town that is just a short drive from the city. I worked on several farms and wish farmers made more money because that would be my dream job. Right now I am studying engineering at college and having a good time. I'm also an enlisted soldier in the National Guard. I'm excited for what the future holds in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Latter-Day Saint family. I'm grateful that I was; it gave me exposure to the church but, eventually I had decide what it meant to me. You learn a lot going to church your whole life but, being able to recite back answers isn't enough. I realized that I needed to decide for myself if it was real. I decided to read the Book of Mormon and test its promise that those who read, and ask in faith, can gain a witness from the Holy Ghost that it is a true book. I read every spare moment that I had. I prayed a lot as I read, asking Heavenly Father to help my mind and heart be open. It is a personal and sacred experience for me, as I read I could feel that there was a power in its words and that it was a power for good. When I finished I knelt to ask my question. I can't describe exactly what I felt but, I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I know that Joseph Smith was called as a prophet to restore Christ's church. I didn't invent or imagine the answers I recieved. I have never been so sure of something in my life. Looking back I see that I already had many evidences that this was Christ't church. The answer to my prayer confirmed what I already believed. Now I know that I know and my life has changed because of it.

How I live my faith

I wish I could say that because of my faith I always do what I should. Christ taught us to love Heavenly Father with everything we have and to love our neighbor as ourself. I strive towards those goals but, who I am doesn't always match who I want to be. The honest answer to how I live my faith is imperfectly. I have found that that is okay. I return to my Savior time and again asking for forgiveness and for strength. I am thankful for His love and for His grace. Everyone is at different stages in life and the only standard that Christ asks of us is that we come to Him. I live my faith through repentance. I find joy in serving others and in prayer and scripture study. I find joy in all the good things that I do. Most of all I find joy in the chance I have to wash away my shortcomings and to try again.