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Hi I'm Henry Jacobsen

I'm a lifelong Mormon, born and raised in Washington State, but widely traveled since. I am a devoted husband and father.

About Me

I grew up without much in the way of worldly advantages. My father was a carpenter and my mother was a stay-at-home mom. We had a small 5-acre "farm" and learned to work hard on the gardenand to milk our herd of "cow". I went to college for several years and served a two-year full-time mission for the LDS Church in Guatemala and El Salvador. I worked very hard before and after my mission to pay my own expenses for the mission and my college education. I received a undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering, and later a master's degree in the same. I also did other graduate studies in Operations Research. I have had a long career in telecommunications, and I'm a registered professional engineer. But the most important thing I ever did was to marry a wonderful, wonderful young lady from Finland, whom I met in college. We have been together for over 40 years and have two great children, a son and a daughter, who are both married and working professionals.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members of the Mormon church, though they went through periods of inactivity. Notwithstanding I had the benefits of church activity as a youth, I count my true conversion to the time when I was 14 and accepted the challenge to read the Book of Mormon and to pray to know if it is true. "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." [Moroni 10:4] I bear a solemn witness that this is a true promise, for it was fulfilled in my regard at that time. When man speaks to man it goes from one mind to another. And people can change their minds and opinions. But when spirit speaks to spirit, it carries a convincing power that can never be denied. And though trouble and persecution and challenges might arise in my life, this I know: The Book of Mormon is a true and holy record of a fallen people, revealed in the latter-days as another testament of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

It is my experience that those who are truly converted to Christ "have no more disposition to de evil, but to do good continually." I am not perfect, but I can say that I am not disposed to do evil, but to do the best I know how to live properly, help others, and keep the commandments of God as I have received them. There is much debate in the Christian world about "faith" and "works". When considering this debate, I always reflect back to the Bible, James 2, that explains the relationship between the two. "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? ... Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only ... For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." So to answer the question, "How I Live My Faith"? My faith in Christ, as my redeemer and the only mediator between me and God the Father, is through my righteous works, by which my "faith is made perfect."