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Hi I'm Jacob

I live in southern Oregon. I'm a runner, and avid reader, and love the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to run. In highschool I did both Track and Cross country and was good at it. I love to read and lose myself in books. I am an eagle scout, love being outdoors, and always make time for my friends. I like to be there for people who need me. I would like to get into business law after I serve my mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I have ancestors who were Mormons from very near the beginning. Some of my ancestors crossed the Great Plains, and I will continue to hold to the religion. I hold to the faith because I believe it to be true. If the Gospel is true, then what else matters? I've read the Book of Mormon, and pray often. I know this Church is Christ's Church. It's hard to appreciate the value of things before you've had need to defend them.

How I live my faith

Living my faith often presented chalanges. For almost my entire public school life I stood alone as the only Mormon. Occasionally there would be another, but they often claimed not to be of the faith when around their peers. When it came to being Mormon in public I was completely and totally alone, but I still managed to live the standards. Remaining chaste and having never broken the word of wisdom set me apart from the vast majority of my peers. Drinking and other activities were not only accepted, but expected in my small town. As would be expected, I was often the black-sheep of my class. But through it all I stayed true to my faith, and everyone knew my religion and my standards. Over time my resolve began to impress some others who would come to my defense when my religion was attacked, which often happened. I was and am a Mormon every day of the week, not just on Sundays. I know how it feels to stand alone in your faith. And I know that you come out stronger for it. You aren't really alone. I've been there. So has Abinadi, Moroni, and even our Savior. You're not alone. You're never alone. You can do it.