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Hi I'm Jacob

I grew up in California so naturally I love the ocean. I spend as much free time as I can scuba diving. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student who's interested in pursuing a career in Marine Biology. Scuba diving is my favorite hobby and spending time in the Pacific Ocean has given me a greater appreciation for the beautiful world God created. I also enjoy spending time out in nature – fishing, hiking and camping. My love for the outdoors grew from my experiences as a Boy Scout and from family adventures as a child. Sleeping out under the stars, exploring caves and cooking up a fresh catch over an open fire are some of my favorite memories.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family - it's all I ever known, but slowly over time I have to come to know for myself that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I have come to gain a testimony of the restored gospel by doing some simple things each day - I pray, read from the scriptures, attend religious classes, keep the commandments, attend church each week and serve others. Over time these simple things have become habits and a way of life. They have given me hope, have strengthened my faith and helped me to build a solid foundation on which to stand. I am a Mormon because I know the gospel of Jesus Christ is real and that it was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ because I have read it and the Holy Spirit has witnessed to me that it is true. I know that God loves me and watches over me, that he loves each of us and wants us to be happy.

How I live my faith

One of the easiest ways for me to live my faith is by being a good friend. I love to make people smile, to help them in some small way. When I see someone who is down or stressed, sad or lonely I try to help them out. I try to cheer them up, to listen, to get them laugh or forget about their problems for a little while. I also live my faith by keeping strong moral standards. At times this is a challenge because my beliefs are often contrary to the views of the world. Standing up for what I believe takes real courage, but I have found that people respect me more when I stick to my standards. They support me and encourage me and that gives me hope.