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Hi I'm Max Quinn Jacobson

I am a Mormon. I was blessed to learn the value of responsibility and hard work by growing up on a dairy farm in Idaho.

About Me

I have always loved the outdoors and have enjoyed most sports; I also enjoy working with animals, especially horses and dogs, and have done some limited training; it is exciting to see what they can become. One of the things I have enjoyed trying to do throughout my life is to improve things, to leave things better than I found them. This has especially been my goal with people. I graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in the natural resource field. My occupation has been with animals and rangelands, much of it at a research facility. I have especially enjoyed any time I was able to spend in the mountains. Although I have enjoyed my work and found it satisfying, the most important thing to me throughout my life has been my family and my religion. My wonderful wife of over 40 years and I are privileged to have six wonderful children, 30 wonderful grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Raising a family has been the most enjoyable and most rewarding thing I have done. We are a close family that loves to spend time together, especially doing outdoor activities. I credit my religious beliefs for the wonderful family I have, for in a world in which it is easy to become distracted, our religon has focused us on those things that are truly important in life. We have all been blessed by the great principle of service, both by giving and by receiving.

Why I am a Mormon

As a youth I attended church mostly because my parents went, it was what we did every Sunday. This was not easy for our family because we owned a family dairy and milked cows every morning and evening. The fact that we were at church every Sunday reflected my parents commitment to their religion. As I grew older it became important to me to find my own feelings regarding my religion. At a time of great soul searching, prayer, and scripture study I had a personal experience that has set the course of my life. The Holy Ghost bore witness to my soul that God is in the Heavens, that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that His church is on the earth today. This was the "change of heart" experience spoken of in the scriptures, and since it occurred, my life has never been the same. From a prayerful and thorough study of the scriptures it is evident that the great apostasy spoken of in the New Testament did occurr, that the church established by Christ with its priesthood power was lost from the earth. What followed was a time of spiritual darkness. However, just as an apostasy had been prophesied, a restoration of all things had also been promised. That restoration occurred through the pattern used by God throughout the ages of time, by God speaking to a prophet. In a world of spiritual starvation, there is no better news than an understanding that God still speaks to us. So along with basic gospel principles such as faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost, and gospel responsibilities such as obedience to the commandments and extending service and charity to all God's children, a principle of great value to me is that families can be together forever. Among my opportunities of religious service has been the sacred privilege to serve in Holy temples where the sealing power held by Elijah, Peter, and others is used to unite families forever. To every individual that loves their family, this principle deserves your most prayerful consideration.

How I live my faith

Because of my good parents, religion has always been very important to me. It was an integral part of who we were as a family and who I was as an individual. Beginning as a youth I have been actively involved in my church. At nineteen years of age I served two years in Australia as a missionary, an experience that was tremendous. Throughout my life I have donated many hours in religious service in the communities in which I have lived. Many of my church responsibilities throughout the years have been in positions of leadership. This has given me the opportunity to work with many people, and with a variety of people. This has been a great learning process. It has helped me see the wonderful, talented and kind people of various religions in our communities. I have been privileged to be surrounded by good people my entire life, which has been a great blessing to my life. Although I'm far from perfect, my religion goes very deep in me and I try hard to live the teachings of Jesus Christ. Over the years, religious service to others has been a very enjoyable and rewarding part of my life, for service to others seems to bring out the very best in people.