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Hi I'm Sterling Jacobson

I love technology and own a Internet Service Provider company. I am interested in critical thinking, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a loving husband and father of four boys, two with special needs. I work out of my home some days to keep an eye on the boys and help out around the house. A typical day would be waking up with my family, spending some time with them before they go on their way, then maybe some exercise and some hours at work. Then be home to great my kids from school and give them a snack, then spend some time listening to their events of the day. Maybe a movie with the family and some dinner and scripture study before saying prayers and off to bed. Then spend a couple of hours with my wife talking about the day or watching some TV.

Why I am a Mormon

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a convincing gestalt as laid out by the Mormon faith. Everything revolves around the life, ministry, purpose and atonement of Jesus Christ. After spending years going along with the church as a social engaging and teenage sustaining prop, I finally sat down to some real study of the gospel as taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Nothing prepared me for the growing realization that all of the pieces of the puzzle fit together to form the image of Christ. In the years since that realization, studying and observing other religions and other Christian faiths, I am convinced through every sensory experience and feeling within that the Mormon faith is a gateway to God and his Son. I have many doubts still about the cause and effects of religion and many questions about the reality of things as I perceive them. But I do know how I feel, sometimes inexplicably, the rush of emotion when practicing my religion. I trust in the overall binding logic of lessons learned from the scriptures, church history and modern day prophets. Observations of fellow members and their testimony of truth as they see it strengthen this image I have of Christ and his teachings as well. My understanding is continually evolving, and my opinion of the teachings of Christ are continually strengthened the more I live the gospel as taught to me by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I was recently asked to help out with a community Halloween party by our Church leaders. Halloween is not a church function or related to anything in our Church at all. But traditions in our part of the world allow us an excuse to get together and share company with our neighbors. Although I was reluctant to spend so many hours on a party lasting just a couple of hours, the community loved the get together and we all shared a common interest in the holiday. That's what I love about the Church, the acceptance or tolerance of local traditions and fellow community members who aren't members of the Church. We are all gods children and non members and members alike are loved equally by the Lord, our Father in Heaven. I like to think I am as accepting of all Gods children regardless of religion preference. Imagine if all religions and idealism could tolerate each other as equal human beings (god fearing or not), where would this world be?

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Sterling Jacobson
One of the great things about being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) is we keep our traditions, community involvement and culture world wide. So being a Mormon isn't much different that being a human. We make commitments to God and try to be more Christlike, but otherwise we are who we are. Jesus was a Jew in the Kingdom of Israel two thousand years ago. I don't know much about that other than what I read in the scriptures and some commentary from historical experts I run across occasionally. Also, I don't know much about how a member of our church lives their daily life in Japan. What I do know is that we all strive to be better people and hold our commitments. We read the scriptures and live by the word of modern prophets to better ourselves and serve our neighbors. But we still get sick, are at a loss for what to do, have lots of problems and struggle with our commitments along with the rest of humanity. So next time you meet someone new, they might be a Mormon, but probably not something you see outright. They just might refuse a drink of wine or be more optimistic about life because they know this life isn't the end of everything. Show more Show less