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Hi I'm Jacob Miskin

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town near Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I like having fun and making the most of the little things in life.

Why I am a Mormon

In this Church I can not only come closer to Christ, but I can grow to be more like Him through living His teachings and priesthood ordinances. As a missionary in North Carolina I talked to many people who believed in the Bible and Jesus Christ but had misconceptions about the LDS faith. However, as we helped them resolve their concerns we found that the teachings of this Church were reinforced by the Bible and the teachings of Jesus Christ. True Christianity as taught by Christ and in the early church is unified with the Book of Mormon and the teachings of modern prophets. I gained a testimony that they are the same Church, just organized at different times. Throughout all the questions, doubts and objections that we helped people work through, I never experienced anything that did not ultimately reinforce my testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I know that this Church is true, that Joseph Smith was the first latter-day prophet, and that this church is the literal continuation of an ancient organization.

How I live my faith

For me living the Gospel is all about service. It is an opportunity to show our gratitude and appreciation for all of the blessings that we have, and we will be blessed for recognizing it and doing it!

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Jacob Miskin
The Atonement was the process through which Jesus Christ paid the cost of the sins of the world, as well as each one of us individually. During the Atonement he also took upon himself "all manner of afflictions", including all of the pain, sickness, distress, and sorrow we would ever feel. Anything that we do in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints can be tied back to appreciating the Atonement. Bringing justice and mercy together so that salvation would be possible, it is the greatest act of love ever performed. The Savior sacrificed His life and suffered infinite pain so that we could overcome our weaknesses, repent, and fulfill our potential as children of God. Healing, forgiveness, and growth are possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Jacob Miskin
The Church emphasizes the physical as well as spiritual welfare of God's children. Heber J. Grant, who was president of the church when its welfare program began, said he would rather “close the seminaries, shut down missionary work for a period of time, or even close the temples, but (he would) not let the people go hungry.” Helping others that are in need is an opportunity to serve and to grow spiritually. Christ taught that we should not judge others but give freely of the blessings He gives us- we can all be blessed by serving others in this way. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Jacob Miskin
Families give us the experiences we need to be able to succeed spiritually. We learn how to have charity, to be helpful and to serve others in families in ways that aren't possible in any other relationship. I believe that they are ordained of God partly because they teach us how to live more like our Savior, which fulfills God's plan and wish for us from the beginning. Many times the typical family situation of a two-parent home is disrupted, for whatever reason. That's been the case with my family. However, I know we can have perfect trust that our loving Heavenly Father will provide those tools that we need to be successful spiritually in this life and the next. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Jacob Miskin
The Book of Mormon within the Book of Mormon was compiled by a Book of Mormon prophet named Mormon, so it made sense. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Jacob Miskin
My faith allows me to see that the way things are now is not the way things will always be. Even if some circumstances are permanent for this mortal life, faith gives me confidence that "All that is unfair about life can be made right through the Atonement of Jesus Christ." (Preach My Gospel) Faith connects me with God and gives me the ability to forgive, to leave the past behind, to move forward, and to maintain a strong personal relationship with the Savior, which helps me daily. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Jacob Miskin
In the Bible, we read of "one Lord, one faith, and one baptism"(Ephesians 4:5). Some say that means that all churches lead back to Heaven and salvation. To me, it's saying there can only be one truth. It can't be divided or changed, but it can be found! There is a way to find the truth- search, ponder, and pray! Because Heavenly Father loves us, He will lead us and send the Spirit to teach us. We just need to trust Him, and show by our actions that we have a deep desire for this knowledge. We can know that the Restoration took place and that the LDS Church is Christ's original Church through reading and praying about the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Jacob Miskin
The Book of Mormon is unique because it is evidence of modern prophets and the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As far as the content, the most significant difference between the two is the context. The Book of Mormon's basic message concerning the doctrine of Jesus Christ matches the Bible's, however the Book of Mormon took place in the New World and the Bible in the Old World, so the people and places are different. In 1820, what is known as the First Vision took place (see Joseph Smith- History). After years of spiritual preparation, Joseph Smith was led to the gold plates by a heavenly messenger. He was later directed by God to translate and publish the plates into what is known as the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Jacob Miskin
Baptism represents life, death, and the resurrection. It shows our willingness to follow Christ and live the way that He did. It represents leaving a life of sin and being "born again" into a more spiritual person. However, there is even more to baptism than recognizing our devotion. When He was baptized, Christ walked a long way to meet John the Baptist. John was of the tribe of Levi, which at that time held the authority to perform the ordinance of baptism. Christ understood that when baptism is performed by priesthood authority, it is a sacred saving ordinance. Through this "one baptism" (Ephesians 4:5) He made a covenant to keep the commandments, through which He received strength from His Father to carry out His will. We also make this covenant when we are baptized. When we promise in this way to act as He would, we will receive the blessings of the Atonement more fully. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Jacob Miskin
As someone who values structure in life, I find that the Church gives me a foundation for healthy, productive living. I value having purpose and direction, and this organization gives me that by keeping me on the path of discipleship. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Jacob Miskin
If you sincerely read the scriptures and relate them to yourself, you will learn about the Savior, His love for you, and His plan, and by doing so find greater direction, purpose, and stability in your life. Knowledge is power. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Jacob Miskin
When we die, our spirits go to the Spirit World, where we wait for the Second Coming of Christ. At the resurrection, our bodies will be reunited with our spirits. We will be judged, and the glory that we have prepared for will be acknowledged and assigned to us. There is much we don't know about the afterlife, but we definitely know that faithful families will be together forever, and "The same social order that exists here will remain in the next life, coupled with eternal glory." (D&C 130) Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Jacob Miskin
Read the scriptures (especially the Book of Mormon), and make as many connections with them and your personal experiences as you can. You will be more personally invested in and have more "real intent" on receiving an answer, so you will be far more likely to get one. Ultimately, understanding true doctrine only matters as far as it changes someone's behavior and improves their life. Therefore, God is far more likely to give people answers that He knows they will act on. Therefore, start with a desire to improve your life and then look at how God and His Church might help you do that. If you aren't truly willing to change, there isn't much He can do-- He is all-powerful, but also bound by His word that He would respect our freedom to choose. Even though I was born in the Church, I still had to build my own testimony. Comparing the results of when I lived the teachings of this Church with when I did not helped me turn my religious questions into concrete application questions which had definite answers (yes/no). As Latter-Day Saints, we share the Gospel with our friends, serve as missionaries, air general conference, and develop websites like Mormon.org to present the message. When you've heard it, we invite you to pray and study about it. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Jacob Miskin
God loves us. He "doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world" 2 Nephi 26:24- Everything He has ever done, created, or affected He has been for our benefit. He has a body. He is essentially a glorified person. His work and His glory is "to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man" (Moses 1:39). Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Jacob Miskin
In both the Old Testament and the New Testament, and through modern prophets God teaches that homosexual acts are sinful. However, all people deserve fair treatment, love and respect as children of God. Show more Show less