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Hi I'm Jacob

I'm a student, writer, musician, tutor, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the guy in the back of the class with his eyes focused on the lecture and jotting down notes. I'm the rocker upstairs jamming to his guitar. I'm the shy writer in the corner of the library scribbling poems in his notepad. I'm the quirky tutor poking the minds of students to firmly comprehend the fundamentals of Spanish. That's who I am. After living in Latin America for two years, serving the Lord and Church as an LDS missionary, I learned to love Soccer (Fútbol!) and I work to get better at it. I'm studying Spanish with a History minor, with a concentration in Latin American History, and another minor in Latin American, hoping to one day teach students at a university how to apply and understand the importance of what has happened in that sector of the world through language and literature. I try to live by the saying to teach a man to fish, rather than giving him the fish. But I also want to teach that man how to prepare a satisfying seafood dish from his catch. I try to find beauty in the simple, smiles in the dismal, and courage in the downtrodden. I am happily newlywed and striving to fulfill one of the two greatest callings that I will ever have: to be a good husband.

Why I am a Mormon

I choose to follow the teachings and prophets of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because I asked God if that's what I should do. I read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it. I asked God if he had restored the Gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith. But not only did I ask, I received, just as the Lord promises in the scriptures. I'm a happier, more pleasant, more disciplined, more enjoyable and more responsable person for it. I wouldn't trade the sense of peace and hope that lodges warmly in my heart for anything else. Nothing else compares. I feel secure, and no longer find myself wondering if there's something more, because I've found that something more.

How I live my faith

I understand that living my faith is a long and winding road. It isn't easy, but it's worth it. I once was told that the definition of sacrifice is giving up something good for something better. That's how I try to examine my life and desicions. I try to love as Christ loved and loves. I try to maintain an eternal perspective of things. I try to foster warm and open relationships with those in my surroundings. I go to church regularly and I attend classes in a Church educational center to learn more about the Church and strengthen my testimony of its veracity. I read from the Holy Scriptures daily to take in the words of the Gospel and profound my existence and my duty to serve God and others. I visit members of the Church to raise their spirits and cheer them. I work with the missionaries to help teach that Gospel and share my experiences with those learning about the Church and its teachings.

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is the history of the people who inhabited the Western Hemisphere centuries before the time of Columbus´ arrival. It details a story of several families, and their peoples, the Nephites and the Lamanites, and their faith and struggles while living on the American Continent. It is of great value to us because it is an evidence of God´s love and His completion of His promises to His children. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

The temple is considered to be the most sacred place on earth. It is a house of worship, in which we can make covenants, or promises with the Lord. Just as in baptism, we promise to obey His commandments and in return he promises to send us many blessings. Due to the sacredness of the temple, only ones thoroughly prepared may enter. I´ve learned more about myself and eternal truths because I have entered the temple. I feel His Spirit and guidance when I am within its walls. I know that the blessings received there are necessary for our eternal progression. I know that eternal progression means that there is no definitive end to our existence. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

As one who has served the Lord a full-time mission (a mission of two years dedicated to over 70 hours a week in service), I can say that Mormon missionaries proselyte to share a message of hope and joy in a world that increasingly harbors grudges and apathy. Mormon missionaries know that each person, regardless of gender, race, wealth, sexual-orientation and belief in Christ and Heavenly Father is an esteemed and prized child of God; one with the potential to become like Him and to receive all that He has. Many people do not realize their potential. Those people are found in every nook and cranny of the world. It is for them and for the deep love that they have for their Lord Jesus Christ that Mormon missionaries circle the globe, preaching a message of hope, love and joy. Show more Show less