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Hi I'm Jacob Tibbitts

I grew up in Utah. I'm a student at Utah State University. I am serving a mission in Colorado Springs. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I have loved every minute of it. I love robotics and I love to play soccer. I am studying mechanical engineering at college. Currently, however, I am serving a full-time mission in Colorado Springs as a representative of Jesus Christ to bring His Gospel to God's children.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that had the Gospel and were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For a long time, I stayed a member because I didn't think to ever question if this was the true faith. But I started going through a really difficult time with friends and discovering who I was in junior high, and I was nearly at a breaking point when I reached ninth grade. That was when I started taking a seminary class provided by the Church. We were studying the Book of Mormon that year, and I had some really pressing questions that I needed to be answered. I had always been taught that the scriptures will give us the answers we need to know, so I prayed to have my questions answered, and soon after, the scriptures started giving me all the answers I needed. I don't think I had ever felt happier in my life than when I started reading the scriptures and truly living the Gospel. I can see God and His Son Jesus Christ in everything, from the trees to the sky, to the footprints we make. I honestly don't know where I'd be if it weren't for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I do know that it couldn't possibly be better. When I am down, my Heavenly Father tells me He is there to lift me up. I know that this church is true. I know that just like me, Joseph Smith asked of God to know the truth, because there was nowhere else to turn. And I know that God the Father and His son Jesus Christ appeared to him and restored the fullness of the Gospel to this Earth. And I know that if you earnestly pray to know the truth, you will find the truth.

How I live my faith

I have been given several callings to serve in the Church. The most recent calling I have been given was in my ward (or local congregation) at college. Because we are not usually living with our families in college, we have wards for young single adults, and I was given the calling as Family Home Evening Group Leader. It was my responsibility to plan activities every week for members of my ward so that we could bond as friends and have a fun time as a ward. I am currently serving a two-year full-time mission for the Church. I am sacrificing my time, money, and social life to serve the Lord and bring the truth of the Restored Gospel to the lives of those in Colorado Springs so that they can draw closer to God and come to know their Savior Jesus Christ better than they already do.

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Jacob Tibbitts
I think it is important to remember that after Judas Iscariot, the 11 remaining apostles chose Matthias to be ordained an apostle to fill the vacancy in the 12. Paul was also called to be an apostle. After Jesus Christ ascended into heaven, the 12 Apostles continued to lead and guide the Church, through revelation and the authority of the Priesthood that they had been given. Without the Apostles, the Early Church eventually fell into chaos and disarray. In these latter days, that priesthood authority has been restored, so that the Church of Jesus Christ's day can be restored to it's proper organization, "till we all come in the unity of the faith" (Ephesians 4:11-14). I am so grateful to know that God has once again called apostles to lead us. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Jacob Tibbitts
This is the Church of Jesus Christ. He stands at the head of it, and He is the one who calls the Prophet. This has been the case from the beginning of the human race. He has established a pattern that we can always look to. All callings in this church are given by revelation, whether it is to be an Apostle, or to be a Ward (or congregation) Librarian. There is no vote. The presiding Priesthood authority receives revelation to extend a calling, and he with his two counselors counsel to determine if it was truly revelation from God. After the current Prophet dies, the senior Apostle becomes the Prophet. This allows for order and structure, without a chance of being influenced by the bias of imperfect men. A lifetime of callings and discipleship to Jesus Christ prepare a person for such a calling, and give them experience. After Joseph Smith was killed in Illinois, Brigham Young, who was the senior Apostle then, led the Church. After his death, John Taylor, the senior Apostle at that time, was made 3rd President of the Church, and so on. The Prophet selects two capable and worthy men to be his counselors. These three from the First Presidency of the Church, and with the Twelve Apostles, they lead and guide the Church. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Jacob Tibbitts
Wards (or smaller branches) are local congregations for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They are organized geographically, so members attend a branch or ward near their home. This way of organization allows members to build a much stronger sense of community, and it allows members to form friendships and be able to help each other and coordinate their efforts in helping their community. The teaching materials and lesson plans are the same wherever you go in the world (except for being in a different language, of course), so you will be studying the same doctrine and principles no matter where you are in the world. In this way the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints keeps the "unity of the faith" spoken of by Paul in Ephesians 4:13. The leader of each ward is called the bishop (or branch president for branches). He is a member of that congregation who is asked to serve as a volunteer in this position. This Church is a lay ministry, so he is not paid to do so. Eventually he is released and another member of the congregation is called to serve as the bishop or branch president of that ward or branch. A group of wards forms a stake and a district is a smaller version of a stake which is comprised of a group of branches. The stake or district president is a member of that stake or district who is asked to serve unpaid in that capacity. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Jacob Tibbitts
It's important to remember that there were certain requirements to enter holy temples even in Bible times. One had to go through spiritual purification to be fully prepared for everything inside. In this age we also must be prepared spiritually to receive personal revelation inside these sacred places. Otherwise we might not be able to fully grasp their meaning, and instead of edifying, it will be confusing. Just think of Jesus and Nicodemus in John 3:3-4: Jesus told Nicodemus that we must be born again, but because Nicodemus was not spiritually prepared, he was extremely confused by this statement. Heavenly Father wants all to enjoy the blessings of the temple, but we have to put ourselves into a position to receive them. We go to the temple to learn eternal truths about ourselves and about our relationship with our Father in Heaven and our Savior Jesus Christ. We make sacred covenants, much like those made at baptism and during other ordinances. These covenants, just like all the others, help us to draw closer to Him and enjoy true and eternal happiness. One such covenant & ordinance seals, or binds, families together for TIME AND ALL ETERNITY, not just till death do you part. Also, as talked about by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:29, we stand as proxy to receive these ordinances in behalf of our deceased ancestors who never had the chance to receive them in the flesh, thus providing them the opportunity to either accept or reject these ordinances for themselves. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Jacob Tibbitts
Plain and simple, we pay our own way. Just like any other calling (or position/responsibility) in the Church, we receive no financial compensation. This has been and always will be an unpaid ministry. I saved up a little bit of money for my mission, and my family and other members of my local congregation helped pay for the rest. Those costs cover everything necessary to sustain ourselves on a mission, such as housing, utilities, groceries, medical expenses, etc. Now you might ask, "Who would do such a thing, and why?!" Indeed, we could be spending this money on an education, car payments, and many other things. Let me tell you, I KNOW that I made the right choice. The blessings I've thus received on my mission, and the lives that I've been able to bless, FAR outweigh the financial cost or the time I could spend elsewhere. There is nowhere I'd rather be right now than serving the Lord. In a modern set of scripture we call the Doctrine and Covenants, in Section 18, verses 15 and 16, the Lord says, "And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father! And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!" I will forever be grateful to my Father for allowing me to serve Him full-time for 2 years. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Jacob Tibbitts
Missionaries will share a message centered around Jesus Christ and His Atonement. They may share many of the things you already believe, and also many other great truths that we have discovered for ourselves. Some of those things will include our Heavenly Father's Plan of Salvation, prepared by Him to give everyone an opportunity to return to Him. They will also talk about the pattern of prophets and apostles that Christ has established since the beginning of the world. You will be invited to pray about these things for yourself, as well as try to live some of the commandments that God has established to ensure our happiness. Ultimately, the choice will be up to you to continue to listen to the messages they share and live the lifestyle that has brought us so much happiness. The only one who should convince you of anything they say is God. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Jacob Tibbitts
Have you ever found something that changes your life for the better so greatly, that all you want to do is share it? Have you ever wished to help somebody who is struggling, and lift them out of their trials? That is why we share the Gospel. The Savior said, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations..." (Matthew 28:19). I have found something so glorious, that I can't help but share it. Volunteering as a full-time missionary for 2 years gives me a way to do that more effectively. Missionaries are sent all over the world, so that the four corners of the earth can experience the joy that we feel. I have been sent to Colorado Springs, Colorado in the United States for 2 years to share the magnificent message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Is it difficult? Sure! I've had many doors slammed in my face, and all sorts of evil things yelled at me, yet that doesn't change my commitment to find those who are searching for greater happiness in their lives. Even when I finish my mission, I will continue to find ways to "give an answer to every man that asketh [me] a reason of the hope that is in [me]" (1 Peter 3:15) Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Jacob Tibbitts
This is a worldwide Church, and it's welfare program includes everyone. You don't have to be a member to receive aid. On mormonchannel.org, there is a video series called Give Back. This series shows a lot of what is done by our Church in way of humanitarian aid, whether it's in Africa, the Middle East, America, or elsewhere. We provide aid to many countries that have a very low or non-existent population of Latter-day Saints, and in some cases are even non-Christian. You don't have to belong to our Church, or even any church at all, to be helped. In James 1: 27, it reads, "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." Show more Show less