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Hi I'm Jacob

I grew up my whole life in Kenai, Alaska. I love basketball and piano. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived my entire life in Alaska but I have done quite a bit of traveling in the states. I have played basketball my entire life. I have also been homeschooled all the way through high school. I really enjoy playing piano and I have been playing since I was a young kid. I have earned my Eagle rank in Scouting. I have 6 siblings, 3 brothers and 3 sisters. I landscape and garden as my job. When I'm not working or playing basketball, I usually like to hang out with friends and do random things. I have been accepted to BYU with a half tuition scholarship but I have deferred for a 2 year church mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I want to be. Being raised in an LDS family, it was easy to not question anything, to just "go with the flow". I could go to church simply because my parents wanted me to. Then, when I was about 14, I started questioning the gospel and I decided I had to find out for myself. Luckily, Heavenly Father had provided me with good people as friends who set a great example for me. The biggest life changing experience I've had was when I went to a Boy Scout Encampment in 2012. About 1000 LDS boys came from all around the state of Alaska. There were tons of fun things, merit badges, and great speakers who really helped you feel the Spirit. But the one thing I remember most was the testimony meeting. Here is a clip from my journal that I wrote not long after the experience. "at the encampment we had a testimony meeting. It was the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me. The Spirit was so strong there. I witnessed the whole young men stake (about 40 teenage boys) get up and bear their sincere testimonies. It was in that moment that we became more than friends. We became an army. The army of God... at that moment, Satan quaked." After that moment, the direction of my life changed. I found happiness in the commandments, however hard they were to keep. I recognized that the gospel wasn't a burden. It was my sin that was the burden and that through the gospel and the atonement of Christ, all of our burdens can be taken away. I KNOW that these things are true. I know for a fact that if you want to know if the LDS church is the correct church, all you have to do is read the Book of Mormon and pray about it sincerely. He WILL answer in the affirmative. When you know that, you will know as I do, that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God and Thomas S Monson is God's true prophet on this earth today. You will know that Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer, and that He loves you and wants you to be happy.

How I live my faith

I have done a lot of service in my community. This ranges from building a fence around a park to weeding a community flower bed. The LDS church has helped me to be able to do these things. I have helped arrange camp outs where boys can go and be with other guys who have good standards and so they can support each other. I have done my best in supporting everyone who is trying to do the right thing, whether or not they belong to my church.