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Hi I'm Jakob Wilson

I am 19 years old. I love to play Sports. I love to drink milk. I am a missionary in Minnesota. I love to laugh and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I really enjoy sports, especially basketball and football. They make my life run round. I am either busy with one, the other, or even both. Ever since I was a child I have only ever dreamed of playing for the Red, White and Gray of the Madison Bobcats. And to be out there, fulfilling a dream of mine, means the world to me. Sports, however aren't the only things I love to do. I love to hang out with my friends a lot too. Whether it is just chilling at a house, running to a grocery store to nab some ice cream, or playing ultimate frisbee, friends help me to be myself. They do so much for me that I don't know what I would do without any of them. I also enjoy learning. From church to school to people I enjoy learning as much as I can about anything. Family is the most important thing to me. They come above any sport or activity I participate in. I love watching my little brothers and sister excel in sports, school, and life. They truly amaze me and are such great of examples to me. I am also blessed to have almost all of my extended family within an hour's drive of my house. Truly, some of the most special memories I have, are times spent with them. I am currently a missionary for the church serving in the Minnesota Minneapolis mission. Being a missionary is so fun and it has helped me to learn and grow so much. My testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ has grown so much as I have been able to see how it can change all of God's children's lives!

Why I am a Mormon

I have been so very blessed to have been born into a family strong in the gospel. Ever since I can remember we have had Family Home Evenings on Monday nights, gone to church every Sunday, and participated in every ward activity (even the ones a little more boring than the others). There was a time in my life where I really wanted to know if the church was true for myself. It just happened that this was before a High Adventure the Priests and Teachers in our ward went on a 50 mile hike into the Wind River Mountain Range in Western Wyoming. While we were hiking, I had the opportunity to observe some of the most beautiful of God's Creations I have ever seen. I also had a ton of time to myself to think and ponder the church. I was also fortunate to have some of the men in our ward that I love dearly along on this trip. Each night we would have fireside chats as a group discussing gospel topics, along with a few chapters from Lord of the Rings or Princess Bride. However, I really looked forward to the hiking, talking, and discussing that I had as 1 on 1 time with them. We covered everything it seemed. At the end of the week, we all wandered off by ourselves and prayed for questions that we personally had. I prayed for the growth and strengthening of my testimony, and of course missed the designated signal to come back for testimony meeting. It was one of the most beautiful testimony meetings I have ever been a part of. It was amazing to see the boys I have grown up with, all surrounding our breakfast fire, growing in the gospel by feeding of each others testimonies. I am 6 foot 6, 200 pounds, play sports and I can't stand crying. But throughout this meeting, I found myself not fully in tears, but with wet eyes and a few tears of joy. My favorite part was seeing and listening to my brother's testimony. It means even more to me to know that my family will be with me in the end than anything in the world.

How I live my faith

I believe that living my faith shouldn't just be a Sunday morning thing. I have tried to incorporate it into my life in the following ways: When playing sports I tried to be an example to the young kids who loved to watch High School sports. I lived my faith by participating in Seminary, a youth program in our church, that strengthened my testimony everyday when I showed up. I participated in this because I love to learn, but also because I know that it helped me to prepare for my opportunity to serve a mission. I am serving a full-time 2 year mission for my church which is centered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Being a missionary means sticking to a rigorous schedule and being a representative of our Lord, Jesus Christ. I love watching how the gospel changes each life that accepts it. It has changed mine and the gospel means so much to me so to see the true joy that it brings to others lives, helps me to grow as well. The joys of the gospel aren't just spiritual. The gospel is meant to bless every aspect of our lives by helping us to become who Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ want us to be. While being here in the Great State of Minnesota, I have learned first hand that God wants each of us to be happy. I myself find happiness as I progress and can see the changes that make me a better person. One of my favorite modern day prophets, David O. McKay, said, "The purpose of the Gospel is to make bad men good, and good men better!" I know that this is true!

What is being a Mormon like?

Jakob Wilson
For me being a Mormon is just part of my everyday life. My parents, mainly my mother, have distilled in me since such a young age that living the gospel standards and how the scriptures guide me to live, will bring me joy. This is what one our scripture mastery scriptures says, "Men are that they might have joy." I find joy in being with my family and playing games with them, looking at the beautiful nature of the world around me, and in learning of the great potential each and everyone of us has: To return and live with our Heavenly Father again. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Jakob Wilson
This is a question that at some point or antoher each earnest seeker of truth will have to ask. And to each person it is the same answer: you must figure out from God the answer that man cannot give. You must receive revelation from the source of all truth as to if this is true or if this isn't. I know this is true because I have read the Book of Mormon and prayed to my Father in Heaven and asked Him if this book is true. My answer was: YES! Because I know that the Book of Mormon is true, I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and I know that that is how the Lord has always worked. (Amos 3:7) I know that we are led by a prophet today and that this church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is His church and is true! Show more Show less