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Hi I'm Jacob

I grew up in The Golden State, California! I love singing, playing the piano, and being with family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am your average 20 year old Mormon guy from Utah, who belongs to an extraordinary family! Well, I actually like to say that I'm from California, since that is where I have lived most of my life...but, my family wound up moving to Utah when I was about 12 years old, and I love it here!! Nothing quite beats the California beaches and atmosphere, but Utah has really grown on me as well. In my family there is my Mom, Dad, younger brother, and two younger sisters. My Dad has a unique talent for art, and has worked as an animator for Disney for many years! (I like mentioning this, because it makes me feel like, famous, twice-removed or something!) As mentioned above, the things that I love most in this life could probably be summed up into two categories; music and family. I started playing the piano when I was 8 years old and have been playing it ever since. After all, it is the supreme instrument! Okay, that may be debatable... I also love to sing. I was about 13 years old when I really first started trying to sing...and I have to say that I don't think I was very good at all! But after lots of practice and several years of voice lessons, I think that I am now finally able to sing like I've wanted to for a long time. I believe that music just has a unique and powerful way of touching people, and I would love to make a career out of it someday! But just in case that doesn't work out, I am also working towards my Bachelors of Biology degree in college!

Why I am a Mormon

Being a member of this church means everything to me. I didn't always fully appreciate what a blessing it is to be a part of Christ's one, true church... But through the years, I have come to realize how wonderful it really is to be a Mormon! I feel like if I did not have the guidance in my life today that I receive from learning about the teachings of Jesus Christ, I would probably be pretty lost. As I have become familiar with Christ's doctrine through attending church and reading the Bible/Book of Mormon, I have come to an understanding of the meaning of life, and what I need to do if I want to live happily; not just in this life, but in the life to come as well. Thanks to this knowledge, I feel like I have been able to set better long-term goals for myself. I know where I want to go, and I know what I need to do in order to get there. However, since I also know that I am not perfect, I know that I need the help of my Savior, Jesus Christ to make up the difference when I fall short and need to pick myself up again. That is likely the center of my testimony; that even though I am not perfect, I know I can make it back to God's presence someday with my family if I will just do all I can to accept Christ's atoning sacrifice on my behalf. I also know that this is true for every person who has ever lived, or will yet live. Of course, I don't think that we can just say we believe in Jesus Christ and expect that to be sufficient. I believe that God has asked us to do all we can to be like His son; and then, only after we have done all we can to follow Him will He take us the rest of the way. I know that this is indeed Jesus Christ's true church, once again restored to the earth in these latter days. I know that the church is led today by a living prophet, Thomas S. Monson. I know that families can be together forever, if sacred promises are kept and values upheld. I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, and that he is reaching out to you and to me.

How I live my faith

As was said by former LDS church president Gordon B. Hinckley, living life as a Mormon is ''just wonderful!'' I have served in my ward as the Organist for about 6 years, and I truly enjoyed that opportunity that I had to serve. I am actually now serving the church as a full-time missionary in Japan, and I am loving every moment! It was pretty difficult at first to be in a country where I really didn't speak the language and had to adjust to the new culture and everything... but I have really come to love Japan and all of the people here too! It is such a blessing for me to be able to go about each day and share the restored gospel of Jesus Christ with the wonderful people of Japan! When I return to America after my mission, I am not really sure what calling may be extended to me, but be it whatever it may, I am sure it will simply be another great opportunity for me to do what little I can to help the world be a better place in which to live. I am grateful for all of the opportunities that I have to serve my fellow-man as a member of this church.