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Hi I'm Jacob

I love frisbee, I study psychology, I´m a waiter at a Mexican restaurant and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I study Psychology at BYU and am pursuing an eventual Doctorate in Organizational Psychology...or something like that. I love to sing and jam with friends. I served an LDS mission in Curitiba, Brasil and loved it- it truly changed my life. My family has moved all over the place, but they´re troopers about it. Without this Gospel, I would feel sad and alone. The Church and the Gospel are everything in my life, and I´d love to help everyone learn more about it!

Why I am a Mormon

I´m a Mormon because it passed the test. I served a faithful LDS mission and worked every minute like it was my last. When I got home, I felt a little like my service had been in vain, despite substantial evidence to the contrary. I questioned the Lord and genuinely wanted to know why things weren´t going "according to plan". As I questioned Him, I searched the scriptures and prayed fervently. I cried many nights looking for answers. I attended weekly church meetings and tried to serve my fellow man. I am in this Church because, after all of that, I felt peace. REAL PEACE!! It´s SO awesome! If you doubt it, like I did, then do what I did. Study the scriptures. Work hard. Pray with faith. God will answer your prayer, and you´ll know why I believe what I believe.

How I live my faith

I visit several people a month in a program called Home Teaching - we basically just see how they´re doing and let them know that they´re loved. I love to listen to people, so Home Teaching is a great chance to do just that. I pray for my friends and family, as well as for my own questions and struggles. I know that God listens to me, because He´s heard my prayers many times. I also teach a lesson to the men in my congregation every month; we talk about what was said in General Conference, which is a worldwide church meeting that happens every six months. It´s awesome!

What is the Book of Mormon?

Jacob
The Holy Bible is the word of God, no question about it - the Book of Mormon is, too. The Bible is a record of the teachings, miracles and revelations that the Old Testament Prophets (and important people), Jesus Christ and His Apostles performed in the Middle East. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ in that it is a record of other prophets, teachings, miracles and revelations on the American continent. The Bible teaches the basic doctrines of salvation, as does the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon proves that the message of the Bible is true. I know that both books are true. I prayed to God to know the truth and He showed me - by way of a spiritual confirmation (feelings) and a knowledge of its truth - that they are true. I have been told that my testimony is false, that it comes from the devil and that there's no way it can come from God. I tell the world that they are, and that they can know for themselves if they humble themselves and ask their Father a simple question. Those who read the Book of Mormon (and the Bible) will draw closer to God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost than they could without having done so. It has been so in my life and I will never deny it. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Jacob
If you know something that makes your life better, that makes you happy or that you just like, you generally want to share it, right?! The reason I served a mission is because I knew that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has blessed the lives of so many people I care about that I needed to make sure that if there was someone out there. When you're walking down the street and you start talking to random people about your church, of course they might think that you're weird - until they really understand what it is you're trying to tell them. I saw people reject that message every day, and that's disheartening if that's something you believe in. For those who accepted it, though, they loved it. It's as simple as that. Why do people make things up about Mormons? Why do they make fun of us? Why are we "weird"? Come and see! What do you have to lose? If the Gospel really was restored, and God speaks to living Prophets today, why in the world wouldn't you want to know about it? Show more Show less