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Hi I'm Jacob Norrell

I have always lived in East Texas. I have a large family, and many of them are Mormons like me.

About Me

I am serving a 24 month mission in Medellin Colombia starting in August of 2015. I am an Eagle Scout, and love camping out. I really enjoy soccer and tennis, but am usually up for playing other sports that I am not too good at as well. I enjoy running and having time each day to think in quiet. I like to learn new things to cook, and love learning neat survival tricks that I practice in the woods. My parents divorced before I was old enough to speak, and thus the only family life that I am familiar with is the one that involved two homes. Half of my family is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and the other half went from church to church, primarily being Baptist or Non-Denominational. I would go to the LDS church every other Sunday and then go to a different church the other Sundays. It isn't easy to have parents who each tell you that they don't believe in the other's faith regarding religion, but having family that aren't members of the LDS church provides me with a huge missionary opportunity. My brother and I are both missionaries and have full intentions of spreading the Lord's gospel to the remainder of our family when we are both back from our missions. Years ago I made the commitment to follow Christ to my best ability because, through that, I am happiest. That path led me to attend the LDS church every Sunday and to participate in several meetings and gatherings. I am now serving a mission for the Lord, and I am firm in the faith.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up with several influences on me. Many positive, and many negative. I attended several churches growing up, and many of them had answers, truth, and righteousness about them. Yet, I found only one of them had all of the answers, the full truth, and gave the chance to live righteously. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the greatest tool on this earth here to help me and you. Through this church, I come closest to my Father in Heaven, and I am filled with happiness and love that no earthly or mammon thing can bring about. I chose to be a member of this church because it brings me self-assurance that I am doing the right thing. It also gives me the opportunity to reward from Christ's atoning sacrifice in the garden of Gethsemane and on the cross. This church allows me to partake in the sacrament, through Christ, to remember my covenants with God, to be forgiven of my sins and short-comings, and to strive to live more righteously and happily. I am a Mormon because, through this, I can be more Christ-like.

How I live my faith

I have had several callings and responsibilities in the church as I have grown up. I wasn't really too active in them until I was around 14 when I decided that I was happy and I held a peace within me whenever I participated in church gatherings and meetings. The most recent responsibility I have had, was as a ward missionary. Myself and other ward missionaries would go out on Wednesday nights to go visit people that we haven't seen at church in awhile. We would merely tell them that, we loved them, we missed them, we needed them, and we invited them to attend church services again. We would give them a spiritual thought or message, and sometimes a pamphlet or a piece of paper containing gospel doctrine. It was a very rewarding calling for me. Sometimes it was uncomfortable for me to do, and I didn't like having people pretend they weren't home so they wouldn't have to hear us. Yet, the few times people opened their doors, received our message, and then attended church the following Sunday made all of the disappointments and awkward situations worth while. When outside of the church building, or while not working within my callings, I try to do righteous things so that I may be blessed with the Holy Spirit. Daily scripture reading and prayer is a must for me to have a great day. Living in the ordinances, commandments, and example that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have set for us, is when I am the most happy and satisfied with myself and with everything else in my life. Everything seems to fall into place, and harmony, when I live as Christ did.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jacob Norrell
I have many Mormon friends who do not wish to serve a mission. They have that agency and right to do as they want, and they are still loved and welcomed with open arms into our church, and they can still live righteous and happy lives. I personally choose to serve, for I feel a love and happiness through the gospel of Christ, and I wish to share that with as many people as I can. I want others to feel the joy that I have. I believe that the pure love of God and of Jesus Christ is what is inspiring me to serve a mission. Show more Show less