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Hi I'm Jacob

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. I am one of your local pizza delivery guys. I played football in high school. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a neat and clean home all thanks to my mom. I have one older brother and two younger sisters. Me and my brother didn't always get along when we were younger. But then, after he came back from his church mission, we have been best friends. I try and play the role of an older brother by pestering my sisters whenever I can. I love them and like to spoil them. My mom and dad have been married for 23 years. They have been great parents in teaching me and caring for me. In my junior and senior year of high school, I went to the local community college for their running start program. I earned college credits as well as high school credits at the same time. I am currently out of school preparing/serving a two year church mission in northern Ohio. I have never really been a social person. I have had a couple really good friends, but never had a lot of friends that I can do something with every night. It has been hard, but those couple of friends can get you through your hard times. I have gone through a few different part-time jobs. I finally found one that stuck at my local Domino's. I love playing sports. Mainly basketball and football. I played football in high school my first two years but then got injured going for a fumble. I tore ligaments in my elbow and sadly never played in high school again. Recreationally though, they have always been a way for me to just get into the game and forget about life off the court/field.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I see the love and the care that church members have for others. Nowadays, the world is full of anger and frustration. It is hard to find a truly loving atmosphere that makes you feel safe and comfortable. I feel this in our churches and temples and even in members houses. You can almost tell when someone is a member because they just seem happier and nicer than most people. I love that. I love being someone like that. I have actually told someone that I worked with that I was a Mormon and they responded "that explains it!" When I further investigated his reponse, he explained that I just am nicer and happier than most people and me being a Mormon explained it. I am a Mormon because of the undeniable feelings that have stemmed from listening and learning about the gospel. When someone is sharing their testimony of the church, you just have a feeling of warmth deep inside that lets you know that what they are is saying they really mean and it is true. When I look at our church building, I can't help but smile because of how much I love that place. When I see one of our temples a feeling of reverence and great respect overcomes me telling me that this is true.

How I live my faith

My most important priority is my family. Our church emphasizes the importance of strong and healthy family relationships. I try and spend as much time with them as possible. In my ward(congregation) I teach the young men ages 14-15. I teach them a lesson every Sunday. Throughout the week I pray and study the lesson so I can be fully prepared on Sunday. I love this calling because since I am 21 years old myself, I can better relate to them and what they need to hear. I try to be their friend and and someone they can talk to. As I am preparing to serve a two year church mission, I try and live my life as righteously as possible. I avoid parties and get-togethers that have alcohol or illegal substances. I go to church every Sunday and try my best to read my scriptures everyday. I avoid offensive language and try my best to remain calm and not get angry with anything or anyone. I also try to do service for others when possible. This ranges from helping people move to participating in the walk and knock or good will good turn. This is where people leave nonperishable foods in a bag on their porch and we as scouts go door to door and pick it up and then drop it off at the designated drop-off area. For my Eagle Scout Project, other people and I painted a school's playground and caution signs on the pavement. We also painted a giant map of the United States.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Jacob
Most missionaries pay for their own mission. It is currently a base amount per month for every missionary. This means that no matter where you serve it will be that base amount. In some areas the cost is less than the base amount, others it is more, it all evens out. Right now the average cost for a mission after clothes and everything else is an average of $10,500. Sometimes these missionaries are unable to come up with the money, whether by themselves or with parent/family help. In these instances, they are asked to come up with as much as possible and then the church comes up with the final amount if any. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Jacob
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. It goes hand-in-hand with the Holy Bible. While the Bible is an ancient record of God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Middle East, Egypt, and Israel area(the Eastern hemisphere), the Book of Mormon is an ancient record of God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas(Western hemisphere). It was not written by Joseph Smith, but translated from a record found on metal plates through the power of God. It testifies of the gathering of Israel. The climactic event is when Jesus Christ appears as a resurrected being. In the Holy Bible Jesus says "other sheep I have which are not of this fold," these people are part of those sheep. But more than all this, the Book of Mormon to me is like a journal or record of my ancestors. Since I am part Native American, all the events that are recorded in the Book of Mormon are of my ancestors, which makes it so much more personable and interesting to me. I love this book. I feel the Spirit so strongly when I read it, testifying to me that it is true. I wish everyone would just give it a chance, if nothing more. Anyone who reads this book and ponders the things recorded in it can pray for themselves with a sincere heart and real intent to know it is true. I promise that they will get an answer because I have done it and received my answer. And I know it is true. Show more Show less