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Hi I'm Jacob

I was born in Utah and raised in Florida. I am an Eagle Scout and a member of a family of 6. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an eighteen year-old that looks like a sixteen year old who should still be in high school. I am sandwiched between 2 sisters in my family, and as such have traditionally had friends who are older than I am. I had a delightful childhood in Florida, swimming, playing with friends, and playing lots of videogames. I have gotten the two aforementioned sisters to enjoy video games as well, and we love spending time together interacting while playing games. I am very close to my family, and enjoy doing nice things for them. I am also a thinker, and especially enjoy all kinds of games, both video and board, that require thinking and strategy. I am a decent chess player, and have had many games against my dad. I worked as a cashier at a nearby restaurant, saving up money to serve in a Mormon mission.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents are Mormon. My father joined when he was around 20 years old, after both his brothers joined from the work of the missionaries. My mother was raised a Mormon, as was I. Despite being raised a Mormon, I did not know at first of the religion I was born into was true. When I was little, I assumed it was, and acted accordingly. As I grew older, I began to read the Book of Mormon, and strive to apply its teachings. I began to believe in the church I was raised in. Yet, like many others I had troubles as an adolescent, and began to forget what I believed in as a young child. Yet one night, as I was thinking the words of a church song I enjoyed, I remembered what I started to believe when I was younger. I remembered that I did believe that this Mormon church was the true church on the earth, and that I believed that by reading the scriptures and praying to God, I would one day be able to return to God happily. From that point on, I worked to apply the teachings of this church, and from this have come to know now that this church, the church I was born into, is true. And since then, I have never been happier in life.

How I live my faith

I am a Mormon, and as such work to keep Sunday as the day of the Lord. I do not and refuse to work or do homework on Sundays. Instead, I spend my Sundays attending church and spending time with family. On occasion, I also will visit members of my congregation, and teach and discuss what we learn in church. I work to serve others on Sunday, and keep Sunday different from any other day of the week. I avoid shopping, as that requires other people to work on Sunday. I also frequently spend time on Sunday reading scriptures, and searching online for my own ancestors. Doing things like this on Sunday helps me to live my faith. Throughout the rest of the week, I strive to be kind and courteous to others, and while I am far from perfect, I really try to act as Jesus Christ would if he were with us today.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Jacob
For the most part, the activities of the Mormon missionaries are funded by the missionaries themselves. Missionaries make the decision to serve. Males serve for 24 months, and Females for 18. Each missionary pays a certain amount of money per month, which is then taken by the Church, and distributed to the missionaries based on need. A missionary in Japan, for example, would receive more funds than one in Africa, yet both missionaries would pay the same amount of money per month. The cost has been equalized in this way. The missionaries spend their time in a certain area, assigned by the Church leaders, where they work to teach others about our Church. They teach about something called the Plan of Salvation, at which Jesus Christ and his Atonement is at the center, and how we may all better follow His example. Show more Show less