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Hi I'm Jacob

I grew up in Kaysville, Utah. I study International Relations and Computer Science at USC. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm going to college at the University of Southern California. I'm majoring in International Relations and minoring in Computer Science and Statistics. I'm going to add a language minor (probably Russian) when I return from my mission. I competed in high school debate and am currently on the debate team at USC. I also enjoy skiing, golf, and good books.

Why I am a Mormon

A common question posed to anyone who grew up in the church like myself is whether he or she is a mormon just because his or her parents were. I can honestly and confidently say that I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because I have discovered for myself that it is true. What consistently amazes me about the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that it is not meant to persuade anyone. Rather, individuals are taught an understanding of the doctrines of the gospel and then each is invited to receive an answer for his or her self. I can testify that if you ask in prayer with real intent of acting on the answer you receive, anyone can also obtain a personal witness of the truth of the Gospel. I know that Jesus Christ lived and still lives. I know that he atoned for our sins. I know that we have a loving heavenly father who wants each of us to grow and find joy. I know that the priesthood - the power and authority to act in God's name - has been restored to the earth, and that such authority lies within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that he saw God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, and that through Joseph Smith the fullness of the truth of the Gospel was restored to the Earth. I would invite all with a desire to find Truth, peace, and comfort to come find out what the Mormons are all about.

How I live my faith

I have been a member of several wards throughout my life and active in each. I had the amazing opportunity to serve as the executive secretary (the secretary to the Bishop) in the USC Ward, which helped to strengthen my testimony of the Church and the Gospel as I observed the leadership and organization of a part of it.