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Hi I'm Jacob Stirling

I have a great family with 8 siblings and 2 loving parents. I love singing and working with machines. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I am number five of nine children, seven of which are girls. Before I graduated I was a member of my high schools chamber choir and loved it. Singing is something I have always enjoyed; I feel that everyone should be willing to sing whenever the urge arises and wherever they are. I do this everywhere, including where I work at a company called doTERRA as an engineering intern. I love this job because I get paid to do what I enjoy, work on machines, find ways to smooth out our systems and just solve any problem that comes up. It's great! Because of this I plan to attend BYU to earn a degree in manufacturing engineering. Before college however I will serve a mission in Guadalajara Mexico for two years. I am so excited! All my life I have been preparing for this and I will finally leave on Aug 6 2014. It will be amazing to be able to focus solely on the gospel for two whole years! I know that I am going where I need to be. When I am not singing, working, or preparing for my mission, I enjoy reading good books and spending time outside with friends. I love to be in the mountains and to feel the peace there. I am the son of David and Laurea Stirling. I could not have chosen better parents. They hold my deepest respect and I hope to one day raise a family as they have. I am also an Eagle Scout and am very glad to have had the opportunity to be a part of the scouting program. It taught me many lessons that I will use to work though the rest of my life. All in all, life is good.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents have been Mormon all their lives, and so have I. As a child I attended church because my parents did. As I grew, I began to wonder why they never missed a meeting, always paid ten percent of their income to the church, and never missed a chance to serve. So I prayed about it. Over the next few months I was able to gain a testimony for myself. Since then many things have happened. I have made many mistakes, and through them learned the incredible love of my savior and the wonderful redeeming power of the atonement. Through lessons at church, seminary attendance and many other experiences my knowledge of the gospel has grown. I know the Church of Jesus Christ is true. The spirit has testified this to me. Nothing could ever change my mind. I received the gift of the spirit at eight years old and that gift has guided my life. I hold the Holy Priesthood of God. I am worthy of it. I testify that God is real, that Christ is our savior, and that the spirit will give you a witness of the truth if you sincerely ask for it. I am a Mormon. I know it, I live it, I love it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through my actions every day. Each Sunday I commit to take the name of Christ upon me. This is a large reminder of who I personally need to be. When I am unsure of a decision I wonder what Christ would do in my place. Every Monday I have family home evening where I learn about the gospel with my siblings and parents. Another tool I use to remember spiritual things is my iPod. My background is a picture of Christ. It is a good reminder to keep my thoughts clean. I have the gospel library app and use it often to look up questions I have. It is awesome to be able to have the scriptures in my pocket, available at any moment. Every Thursday I attend institute. This is an class held each week for college age students. We begin and end each lesson with a prayer. It is good to spend time with others my age who share my beliefs. Once a month I visit two families in my neighborhood to see how they are doing and to share a spiritual thought. I have found this builds a strong friendship and I look forward to it.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Jacob Stirling
Wards, stakes, and branches are geographical organizations of people for the LDS church. Everyone lives in a ward which is similar to a neighborhood. Each ward has a Bishop to lead it along with other spiritual leaders. A group of wards makes up a stake. The word stake comes from the Old Testament referring to the stakes holding up a tent. A branch is similar to a ward but is generally where there are to few members to constitute a ward. Show more Show less