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Hi I'm Mariah Jacobsen

I'm a big sister, a student, and a future world traveler. I'm a missionary in the Virginia Chesapeake Mission. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a psychology student at Brigham Young University-Idaho. I was born in Provo Utah, but have subsequently lived in Illinois, North Carolina, and now for the last 9 or so years Washington state, which I call home. There's no greater place in the world. I have two younger brothers who are way cooler than I. My favorite thing to do is laugh. As long as that's happening, things are good. I am a full-time missionary serving in Virginia and North Carolina and I love it!

Why I am a Mormon

Like many Latter-Day Saints that you meet, I was born and raised in the church. My parents and other family members were and are faithful members who taught me the gospel. They have some of the strongest testimonies I have ever heard. And for a while, all I needed was to lean on their testimonies. That was enough for me. However, we can't lean on the testimonies of others forever. One of the things that I love about the church is that we are always encouraged to find for ourselves whether or not what we are being taught is true. James 1:5 says, " If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." As I got older, I realized that I needed to learn for myself whether the gospel was true, and I knew that the way in which to know is to ask God. On multiple occasions, I got on my knees and prayed to my Heavenly Father to know what was true. Sometimes I would ask about the Book of Mormon, and sometimes I would ask about the prophet. Each time I prayed about something different, that I might know of its truthfulness. I know that Heavenly Father heard and answered each and every one of my prayers. Sometimes the answer was immediate.Other times, I needed to exercise patience and wait for it. Sometimes and answer hit me like a lightning bolt, but most times it came in the form a soft voice and a warm feeling, which was the Holy Ghost testifying to me. I am a Mormon because I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only church with the fulness of the true restored gospel. I know that its teachings provide immeasurable joy in this life and the life to come. I truly do not know where I would be without it. I am so grateful to be able to partake in the blessings that come from it and want nothing more than to be able to help my fellow brothers and sisters experience the same.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by being an example to those around me and standing up for what I know is right. Nobody is perfect, and nobody will be able to live the gospel perfectly. I am far from the perfect Latter-Day Saint; I have made many mistakes in my life. However, I know that no greater joy comes than by abiding by the gospel standards. It's so much easier when we remember that we are children of a loving Heavenly Father who knows each of us personally. I also try to always remember to do the things which have been asked of us, such as reading my scriptures and praying daily. These simple acts offer such great power and strength I am currently serving a full-time mission for 18 months in the Chesapeake Virginia Mission. I am so excited to share this wonderful gospel with the people here. I love them so much. I am excited to not only live my faith but to bring others unto Christ so that they can live it as well.