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Hi I'm Jacob

I grew up in Provo. I love my family, ultimate frisbee, and spending way too much time reading fantasy books. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Family first! I absolutely love my family! I have 4 brothers and 3 sisters, so that comes to a grand total of 8 kids. Being in a family has taught me a lot, I have amazing examples for siblings and I know that Heavenly Father put me with them for a wise purpose. I grew up in the state of Utah (Which is the best state) And am currently serving as a full-time Missionary in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. My life is extremely blessed. Its not perfect, but I know that I have received more blessings from my Father in Heaven then I truly deserve.

Why I am a Mormon

I was Born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints. When I turned 8 years old my parents asked if I wanted to be Baptized. They told me that this was a very important decision. Even though I was only 8 years old I do remember feeling very peaceful at my Baptism. Since that time I have had many experiences that have confirmed to me that my choice to get baptized was the right one. I have prayed and asked Heavenly Father if this is the true Church of Jesus Christ, and he has given me a very strong witness by the power of the Holy Ghost that it is. Sometimes are easier then others, but no matter what I will never forget the way that I felt when I prayed and asked Heavenly Father if this is what he wants me to do.

How I live my faith

I really think that it is a daily thing. I try to live my life everyday in a way that will let others now what my standards are. I want my faith to be something that can inspire others who may lack faith. And so I try my hardest to read the scriptures everyday and to apply what they say into my daily life. I have seen small and large miracles happen as I have done this, and not just in my life but in the lives of others. To have faith in Christ means to try to emulate him in all that you do, and with that in mind I strive to serve and love others the way that he did. I fall short everyday, but I know that I simply need to be patient with myself. I know that through time the Atonement can and will change me.

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Jacob
The Church was Restored through a man named Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith grew up wondering which of all the Church's that were around him were true. Eventually he decided to pray and ask Heavenly Father what he should do. In 1820, when Joseph Smith was fourteen, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith in response to his sincere and faithful prayer. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ chose Joseph Smith to bring back the Church that Christ had established while he was on the earth. In April, 1830, the Church was officially organized under the leadership of Joseph Smith and by the Authority of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

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

Jacob
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the most important event in the history of the world. It consists of Jesus Christ Suffering for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane, dying on the cross, and being resurrected. We do not fully understand everything about the atonement, but we do know that Christ choose to pay the price for our sins because he loves us and he wants us to be happy. He wanted to give us a chance to be made clean of the things that we had done wrong. Excepting Christ and using his Atonement is the only way that we can remove feelings of guilt and shame that we all have. All that we have to allow the Atonement of Christ to change our lives is have Faith in Christ, repent of our sins, be baptized, receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost and endure to the end. I know from personal experience that the Atonement of Christ is real, nothing can compare to the feeling that come from the Atonement. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Jacob
When we say "Testimony" we are referring to a spiritual witness that something is true. The testimony that we focus on is our testimony in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer. So when we say we have a testimony in the Church or in Christ, we mean that God has told us that these things are true through the power of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Jacob
This is a very serious question to consider. Pornography is already having a huge impact in the world and its influence is only growing stronger. This is something that we should all be aware of. The Leaders of our church have told us time and time again that the greatest place to learn is in the home. We cannot control others or the choices that they make, but we do have a great influence over the people in our home. I feel that simply teaching your children and family members about the dangers of pornography is the best place to start. The prophet Joshua has said “Choose you this day whom ye will serve; … but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15) This man was a prophet, and he received guidance from our Heavenly Father. This is the guidance that we need to follow. I know from my own life that parents are the best teachers. Almost everything I know I owe to my parents. The most simple and precious lessons are learned best with in the home. I believe the home is also where we should start if we want to stop the influence of pornography. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Jacob
Joseph Smith was the first prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was born in 1805 in Vermont. He was born into a very large family. His parents, Joseph and Lucy, had a total of 11 children. Even though Joseph grew up in such a large home his parents made sure that their children knew who God was. They taught their children to pray, read the scriptures and to build their faith in our Heavenly Father. Joseph wanted to know Gods will. So at age 14 he received a visitation from our Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ in response to a very sincere and heartfelt prayer. Very few people have had the experience that Joseph had. And even though he was only 14 he did not take it lightly. Later, at age 17, heavenly messengers began to appear to Joseph. Their purpose was to prepare him for the great calling he was going to receive and the work that Heavenly Father was going to ask of him. Joseph was called as a prophet of God. Just like Moses and Noah and many others, Joseph became a messenger and witness of Jesus Christ. Through Joseph the true church of Jesus Christ was restored. He would later become a martyr for the church he was called to restore, but the work that he started continues to change the world. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Jacob
When we come to your door we just want to share the knowledge that we have and love. Our message is centered on Jesus Christ and the fact that he performed his Atonement for all people. Our message is about what Jesus Christs Atonement is and how it affect us. We would love to teach you about Heavenly Fathers great plan of salvation, which allows all of us (his children) to return to him and live with him forever. We are not the best teachers, but this message is something we cherish and believe. We know that it would benefit anybodies life immensely. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Jacob
A lot of people are confused about this. But the answer is yes, we do know that the Bible is the word of God. Every member of the church is encouraged to read it constantly and prayerfully consider the messages in it. I love the Bible. I love the stories that it contains. I love the doctrine that it helps us to understand and I especially love the accounts of the Saviors earthly ministry that it has. I remember that the first time I was reading through the Bible I was just stunned by the amount of information that it had. The Bible has brought me closer to my Savior and I am grateful that we have it. People are sometimes confused about whether or not we believe in the Bible because we read from the Book of Mormon as well. But the Book of Mormon is not meant to take away from the Bible, in fact one of its main purposes is to support the Bible and testify that what it teaches is true. I know that both the Bible and the Book of Mormon are the word of God. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Jacob
God is perfect. And he is unchanging. In the Bible we learn that God has always called prophets to lead his children here on earth (Amos 3:7). He called Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and many others. And God has just continued to do what he has always done. He called Joseph Smith (1805-44), the first prophet of the Church, as a prophet. And he called Thomas S. Monson as a prophet as well. Thomas S. Monson leads the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints today and he holds the same Priesthood authority that was held by the previous prophets. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Jacob
In the end we all want the same thing. Everyone in the world wants to be happy. We want to be able to move through life feeling good and knowing that we are on the right path. When our savior, Jesus Christ, was on the earth he showed us everything that we had to do in order to be happy. One of the things that Jesus Christ did was get baptized by priesthood authority. Jesus Christ wants all of us to be baptized because it gives us a remission of our sins and allows us to start a journey that will lead us to eternal happiness. When we are baptized we also officially enter the kingdom of God and become members of his church. But baptism is a two way promise, or covenant. God will give us a remission of sins, but we are promising him that we will strive to follow Jesus Christ and keep all of his commandments for the rest of our lives. God and Jesus Christ love us, and they allow us to be baptized because the want us to be happy and have and opportunity to live with them in the next life. I know that the priesthood authority to baptize is found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Jacob
My life has been infinitely blessed by the priesthood. It is one of the things that I am most grateful for. The priesthood is literally the authority to act in the name of God. God has allowed his priesthood to be here on the earth because he loves us and he wants to give us every opportunity to be happy. The Priesthood is a great blessing because it allows us to perform ordinances, or sacred ceremonies, like baptism. And it also allows us to bless the sick and lead the church. The priesthood is a grand concept and something that cannot be taken lightly. But the more we experience it, pray about it, and use it with love the more important it will become to us. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jacob
I can see why this question is asked so often. I have heard it myself a quite a few times. But the simple answer is no, all Mormons are not required to serve missions. Our missionaries are one of the things that we are most known for and a strong tradition of missionary service certainly does exist in the Church. President Spencer W. Kimball has said that the threefold mission of the church is First, to proclaim the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people; Secondly, to perfect the Saints by preparing them to receive the ordinances of the gospel and by instruction and discipline to gain exaltation;Thirdly, to redeem the dead by performing vicarious ordinances of the gospel for those who have lived on the earth. So we believe that proclaiming the Gospel is one of the main duties that comes from being a member of the Church. All of the missions are voluntary and none of the missionaries are paid for their service. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Jacob
People need to feel needed, and this church gives everyone the opportunity to apply their talents and gifts in a constructive and helpful way. Every baptized member receives a calling (assignment). I believe that this is one of the greatest things about the church, and this activity helps to retain the members that we already have and bring in those that are searching for a way to apply themselves. Another big reason why the church is experiencing so much growth has to be because of the emphasis that is placed on families. It is not hard to tell by looking at the world around us that the importance of the family is being diminished. But many people still view the family as a central unit, and the attitude that the church has towards family draws many people to it. Show more Show less

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

Jacob
We believe that death is not something that you should be afraid of. Simply put, death is when your spirit leaves your body. Your body will stay on the earth for a while, while your spirit goes to a place called the Spirit World. In this World you will still have your own identity and personality, you will be in a state of peace and rest. Sometime after your death you will be resurrected, meaning that your body will be perfected and you spirit will be placed in it again, never to be separated. No one needs to fear death, it is a natural process and a glorious part of our Father in Heavens plan for us. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Jacob
Immortality is living forever. Eternal life is living with our Father in heaven forever. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ everyone will be given the gift of immortality but it is up to each of us to decide if we are going to have eternal life or not. We know that Heavenly Father deeply loves each of us, his children, and he wants us to live with him in the next life. His ultimate happiness comes from seeing us achieve eternal life. I know that this life can be very hard at times, but as long as we keep our eyes focused on the goal of achieving eternal life we will be able to push through anything. That is why Heavenly Father has given us commandments, as long as we are obedient to his will we are going to find the strength that we need to endure. One of the most beautiful truths of the Gospel is that Heavenly Father truly does love us, and he will give us every opportunity that he can to receive eternal life. Show more Show less

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

Jacob
The Bible is one of the strongest supports that we have when we say that there needed to be a restoration. In John 15:16 we see Jesus Christ giving his disciples the Priesthood, or the authority and power to act in his name for the salvation of Gods children. The Book of Mormon also testifies of this critical authority; in 3 Nephi 11:18-21 Jesus Christ give this priesthood authority to a man named Nephi. So we know from the scriptures that priesthood authority is necessary to establish and run the Church of Jesus Christ. And we also know that after the time of Jesus Christ there was a general falling away from the Truth and this resulted in the Priesthood being lost from the earth. The only way for this Priesthood to be brought back was for Jesus Christ to call another prophet. And that is exactly what he did when he appeared to Joseph Smith in the 1800's. Show more Show less