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Hi I'm Jimmy Jacobs

I grew up in Orange County California. I am currently serving a mission in Cebu, Philippines. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived my entire life up to this point in Southern California. I have three older brothers and an older sister - I am the baby of the family... People always tell me I am so spoiled because of that, but I am so grateful for my siblings' and parents' examples to me. I love anything outdoors... sports, camping, hiking, climbing, snowboarding... anything. I absolutely loved high school and was the Student Body President my senior year. I love meeting new people, trying new things, and going on new adventures. I am attending Brigham Young University; however, I am currently not attending because I am serving a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cebu, Philippines. I will major in electrical engineering and plan on pursuing medical school upon graduation. I love life and can't wait for the next adventure it brings.

Why I am a Mormon

I have loved every second of being mormon. People ask me all the time why I do what I do and live the way I live. The answer is simple: I am a Christian. It is our Christian duty to live worthy, chaste lives and to serve everyone around us. People should want to become closer to Christ because of the example you set and the light you let shine. Being Mormon in a time like this - a time where the world's morals and values are on a steep slope downward - gives an anchor and a light in the darkness. I have sadly watched so many of my close friends struggle through hardships in their life and in their family that would have been so much easier to go through if they would only learn the doctrine and live the principles we teach. The blessings that this church makes available are both temporal and eternal. There is no other place I have found in this world that creates and sustains the relationships that this church does. There is always someone who cares. I know without a shadow of a doubt that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true church on this earth. There are so many great churches out there, but none that have the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His son, Jesus Christ. I know that Joseph Smith restored this true church in these latter-days. I know that we have a living prophet on the earth today. His name is Thomas S. Monson. I know that The Atonement is real - that Christ suffered so that we can repent and become clean again. I am so grateful for the peace and comfort that it allows us to feel. I know and am so grateful for the power that prayer can have in our lives if we but pray. I know that, no matter what happens in this life, if we are sealed in the Temple, our families are eternal. I am so grateful to know that I will see me family after this life. I know that God loves each and every one of us individually. I know that He loves YOU.

How I live my faith

Early in my life, I was very involved in my schools. I loved the student government opportunities that I have been given and have done my best to stand strong for my beliefs and values. In high school, I served as Sophomore Class President, Student Body VP, and Student Body President. In each of these positions, I have tried to lift others up and encourage a positive, honorable attitude in everyone I meet. My motto has always been based on a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Real success is to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived." I love working with new people and strengthening other people's relationships by incorporating the gospel principles into every day life. In college, I have served as president over a group of men my age and have always encouraged reaching out to people - even if it is out of our comfort zones. Every month, we assigned people that needed to be visited and every month we were successful in reaching out and serving the needs of our friends and classmates. This opportunity has created and brought existing friendships together. Unity is very important and we tried our best to always be unified in teaching with the Spirit and the Light of Christ.