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Hi I'm Jacob

I'm a basement-dwelling nerd, and I like to program computers. I'm also an orchestral clarinetist. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been interested in computers for a long time now, and over the years I've continued to develop my talent for programming and other computer-related tasks. I'm majoring in computer science now, and after I get my degree I want to start a tech startup company. In my spare time, I created a smartphone app that helps you to memorize important scriptures from the Bible and Book of Mormon. I am also an avid musician. I started playing clarinet when I was 11, and since then I have taken lessons from some outstanding teachers and have been the principal clarinetist in a youth orchestra and an all-state wind ensemble. I've also had several opportunities to play solos. I really love music, and especially clarinet. Unfortunately, I was forced to stop playing when I developed a condition called focal dystonia which prevents me from properly controlling one of my right fingers.

Why I am a Mormon

Initially, I was a Mormon because both my parents were and I was raised in the church. However, as I got older, I began to question things more and wonder if it all really was true. I prayed about my questions, and eventually, on a few occasions, I felt a strong confirmation in my heart that everything I had been taught was right, that God really does exist and that he loves me. As time progressed, thoughts would still occasionally pop up in my head and I'd begin to again wonder about the church, but I always had those experiences to fall back on. I remember how strongly I felt before, and I know that the church is true.

How I live my faith

I try to live the gospel by doing day-to-day things like reading the Book of Mormon and attending (and hopefully paying attention in) church every Sunday. I try to be an example throughout the week by being friendly and helpful, not swearing, and being a nice person in general. I'm currently in the Missionary Training Center preparing to teach the Gospel in Malaysia for two years.