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Hi I'm Jacob H. Tengelsen

I'm a social psychological researcher, I'm a singer/songwriter, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am a husband to a wonderful red-head. It is one of my greatest hopes to have some red-headed kids. I am an undergraduate in psychology and am enjoying pursuing some personal research. I perform with an A Capella group that has performed on prime time television and represents the university I attend. I end up singing a lot of the rock solos, but personally prefer a softer set of tunes. I enjoy running with my wonderful wife and we're training for a marathon. My wife has convinced me that no one is too tough for yoga and pilates. I write my own music and have performed as an independent song writer since high school. My wife and I enjoy spending free evenings at the local book store reading and enjoying milk and cookies.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother and father were both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and raised me and my 6 siblings in the context of this faith. I recall one evening when our family was gathered together to learn about the gospel. My mother taught me about a fundamental doctrine in the Mormon Church: that families could be together forever if they did what God asked of them. My mother said that this promise was unique to Mormon church. My parents had also taught me that I could ask questions to God through prayer and that He would answer me. I love my family and wanted to know for myself if this promise was true. I can still recall the wonderful feeling I had when I asked God if families could be together forever. It was as though a warm pulse started in my chest and filled my whole body with a warm overpowering sensation. I felt absolute love and knew that God had a way for me to be with those I loved, with the same associations, forever. I felt the same confirmation when I asked God if the Book of Mormon were true, when I married my wonderful bride in the Temple forever, and on countless experiences that have convinced me of the reality of God's existence, love, and involvement in our lives. I recognize that there are some who have felt hurt by the Mormon church. There are some who disagree with its aspects, doctrines, and practices. I need you to know that I am not unaware of the arguments that people present in regards to this church. I choose to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I cannot deny how it has strengthened my relationship with God, I cannot deny the happiness and purpose it brings to my life, and I cannot deny witness I have personally felt from the Holy Ghost that it is true. If you have questions about this, please don't hesitate to ask me.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in every aspect of my life, although admittedly I am thoroughly imperfect. Everyday, my wife and I pray in the morning and in the evening. I also make sure to have personal conversation with our Father in Heaven several times a day. I make it a point to read from the scriptures, including the Book of Mormon, everyday. My faith is also reflected in the kind of music that I produce and sing. With every note, I attempt to perform in a way that helps people to know of my love for Jesus Christ and His eternal sacrifice for us all. I organize the church meetings every week, format and print the programs, and assist in other needs that take place. I have good motivation to have speakers ready because if anyone is unprepared I am then expected to address the congregation. I also make it a point to visit a handful of families in the church unit my wife and I attend at least once a month. This has helped us to form some friendships that I believe will last forever.