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Hi I'm Jacob

I'm from Idaho. I was on my high school debate team. I sing. I'm studying Chemical Engineering. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love playing games! Checkers, Chess, Cards, Catan, Chocolate, oh wait... that's a food! I LOVE food! Chocolate, cookies, carrots, fruit. I know fruit doesn't start with a 'c' but it's SOOOO tasty, it's worth breaking out of the pattern! I also enjoy sports like basketball, volleyball, tennis, hiking, or rock-climbing. What do these all have in common? I LOVE PEOPLE!!! I LOVE spending time with others! Anything that involves others and having fun, I'm down for. I'm also a college student studying Chemical Engineering who loves choir music and cracking chemistry jokes. Speaking of chemistry jokes, how often can you make one? hmm? Periodically! hahaha! I even laugh at my own jokes! I also think vegans are cool. How random is that?

Why I am a Mormon

Put simply: I'm a Mormon because it makes me happy. It's that simple, however, I'll expound because I hope that something in what I say will touch your heart and help you come closer to Christ. I grew up in the church, and I've had my own set of personal trials, heartaches, afflictions, and stuff that simply shouldn't happen, but, none of that really matters because through my trials, mistakes and things I've gone through, I've come to know Christ. He was always there, but I needed to reach out to Him. I remember one particular night that changed my life. I was depressed, felt alone, burdened by mistakes, and simply overwhelmed. I was so frustrated and upset! So, without anywhere else to turn, I decided to pray. I'd prayed before, but I'd never prayed with such real intent. I actually poured out my heart to God and I begged for His help. I pleaded with Him. I'd never wanted His help so much in my life. The two major differences when I prayed this time, was that I actually wanted His help, and I was actually going to change. That changed the course of my life. As I actually prayed (I didn't just say a prayer, but actually put my heart into it and sought an answer), I felt a gentle sense of reassurance - that everything would be alright. I felt the need to move forward, to make specific changes in my life. As I did so, I felt the Spirit more. I felt I was on the right path. During this time of transition, God also placed specific people in my path who would set an example for me, and show me the kind of person I wanted to be. I could list them off for you and tell you the lessons I learned from each one, but I'd run out of characters to type this with. But know this: God has a plan for each of us. He places specific people in our paths at specific times to teach us specific things. It is up to us to choose if we will accept His help and learn the lessons He has in store for us. I have a personal testimony of this and the validity of the Restoration of the Gospel.

How I live my faith

hahaha I spent the last two years (2013-2015) serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Pretty obvious how I lived my faith there. It's honestly been one of the greatest blessings of my life. I've been able to see lives change, despair transform into hope, sorrow into joy, and sweet peace come, in the midst of affliction. It is apparent to me the power that comes from righteous living, from keeping the commandments of God, from doing what He would do if He were here right now. My life is a simple one: I do my best each day to please my Father in Heaven. I strive to do all that He has asked, including to reach out to those in need. When I was baptized, I made a covenant, or a sacred promise, to follow in Christ's footsteps and be a bright light to those around me. This is a promise I take very seriously, and I'm grateful for the opportunity I have to be a blessing in the lives of others. I love my Savior, and his invitation to "be of good cheer." I strive to live by that each day. I also love scriptures on light. My favorite line in the Children's Songbook is "Jesus wants me for a sunbeam!" That is my life motto.