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Hi I'm Jacob Layland

Ive grown up in Utah, I'm leaving for the Boston Massachusetts mission in Oct. I love soccer and the great outdoors! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 19 years old, and I love this Gospel! some of my favorite things to do are hang out with friends, play video games, hunt, fish, hike, bike, overall you can say that I love being outside! I played soccer all though out my life and played on the High school team my Sophomore year. I went to Northridge high school all 3 years and graduated on May 30 2014. I am in the health care field. I am a Certified Nursing Assistant. Also a Emergency Medical Technician -EMT- I have a total family of 6 of which I am the oldest of the four children. I LOVE 70's Rock and Roll and a lot of 1920's Big Band music. Also a touch of modern music ya know Country, Hip Hop, Pop, Rock and Roll! I am very out going and am a natural bourn leader, I like to listen to people tell me their problems and try and give them advice, well as much as I can anyways, my friends are one of the most important things in my life, I don't know where I'd be today without them to help me and guide me. I love my parents and try my best to respect them and to show them how much I care for them.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon simply because I know that this, The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints, is true. I was born and raised into the church and really never had a problem with any of the teachings and have always wanted to go on a mission. But Satan was on my back the entire way and still is, for about 7-8 years I struggled and at times in my life I didn't even want to get out of my bed. I would lay there and curse God and ask why... why me? Why did it seem like I was climbing up this huge rugged and muddy mountain only to fall and slip and slide right back to the bottom... Every day was a relentless amount of pressure from the Devil and his Advisories, it felt like every second I had a HUGE load of Brick and Rubble and Debris fall on my shoulders to where I couldn't even stand.. I fell to my knees in anguish and cry unto God Please!! please help me... I don't want to live this life! I want to be good.. and in that moment I felt a warmness encompass me.. I could hear the words In my mind, I could never abandon you. I Love You. I know what you are going through. After that I felt the strong impression to go see my bishop, and I did. Now I am about to leave in a few weeks. I know this scary to go and confess your entire private life to almost a complete stranger, BUT it is worth it. Being able to Pass, Administer, and Bless the Sacrament, to go do Baptisms for the dead, and to do Endowments, believe me when I tell you it is worth it. Now I did not accomplish me being temple worthy for a long time and I did go to my bishop on Several occasions, but never give up, and Never surrender to Satan. the Journey is hard and the road long. But having a temple worthy life IS worth it. This is why I am a Mormon, not because my parents want me to be, nor my friends. But because of the way I feel inside and how others feel around me. Dare to be a Mormon; Dare to stand alone. Dare to have a purpose firm; Dare to make it known. Christ loves you, & Satan hates you. Amen.

How I live my faith

I would say I love to live my faith through example and by service! I know it sounds like I am saying I'm all that but really... I love to serve people, when I do I feel closer to Christ. That's one of the reasons I am in the health care field! I love helping people, and I know they depend on me and my actions every day in order to survive! Also, leading by example, know I have never been a perfect person and I have my flaws which are many.. BUT! If I strive to do my best every day I know I will receive blessings! Anyways in June I received my mission call to the Boston Massachusetts mission, ever since then my closest group of friends about 6 of us all started to get more into the gospel. My best friend he had really no interest in the church although he was raised in it. On Tuesday he got his temple recommend. I know that by living AND most important striving to live a Christ like life then we will see blessings beyond count and without measure!