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Hi I'm Jacob

I'm what you would call a nerd. I'm a classic rocker. I may be a little bit crazy. But I'm a Mormon.

About Me

It is often hard for me to describe myself. I've lived in California and Seattle, so you could say I'm a West Coaster. I am currently in college. Major unknown up to this point. Know a little about computers. Would say that a good description was given by one of my high school teachers, who called me an "absent minded professor", I'm somewhat thoughtful but lots of times I make simple things too complicated. In my free time I like to listen to music (mainly classic rock), play the guitar, and generally just enjoy life while trying to be myself.

Why I am a Mormon

An interesting story. Well, you should know that I stared out Mormon. But that hasn't always been easy for me. As I mentioned, I have the tendency to question pretty much everything. I had a lot of friends growing up who did not believe in God, and some that even tried to "proselyte" me, as you might say. Fortunately, when I was a young man I came to KNOW God through prayer and through the Holy Ghost, and I have had some experiences that have confirmed to me His existence and His love. So returning to the question, why am I Mormon? A question non-believers have been quick to ask me. I won't say that I knew everything, nor do I had all the answers to their questions. But for me as a young man, the matter always boiled down to one simple point: no matter the arguments, I KNOW there is a God and I could not and cannot deny it. Basing myself in that knowledge, with time and much more prayer, I have come to also know that Jesus Christ is my Saviour and Redeemer, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is LITERALLY His Church. I invite anyone that does not know to do the same that you would in any other circumstance. Investigate, pay the price to come to know Him and His truth, and if you do it sincerely you will KNOW what I do as well. And it will bless your life more than you can ever imagine.

How I live my faith

I just got back from a 2 year mission in Torreon Mexico, which was a great adventure and an even bigger learning experience. Being a missionary is incredible: anybody who wants to change their life for the better and who has an open mind can come to know God and Jesus Christ even better if they are willing to take steps towards them. Right now I am focusing on trying to apply all I learned to serve those around me, whoever they may be.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Jacob
A good question. I have always liked to put an example to answer this question. Imagine that I tell you that there is a man named John Williams, he is 41 years old, owns a small VW Beatle, works in the city and in his spare time likes to fix up electrical appliances. And he lives 4 blocks from your house, first house on the left. I could tell you all about him, what he looks like, how he talks, what he likes to do, etc. Because I know him. But if you wanted to meet him, you would have to walk 4 blocks, wallk up to the house and knock on the door. And you might have to be persistant...but if you wanted to get to know him you could. The same is true with God, our Heavenly Father. I, or whatever other faithful member of the Church could tell you all about Him, describe Him to you, tell you what He is like, but unless you "walk your 4 blocks" you will never come to know Him. And don't say He doesn't exist if you have never put in the work to try to meet Him. We "walk the four blocks" by praying constantly, reading the scriptures, and going to church, as well as keeping the commandments. If you do these things you WILL come to know Him. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Jacob
Every house has its own house rules. You put the rules for your house. God puts the rules for His house, the temple. His rules are the following: be a member of His Church and keep His commandments. As to the "secrecy" aspect, it is not that it is secret, but that it is sacred and requires spritual development. Imagine if you were to walk into a calculus class as a kindergardener. You would not understand anything that was going on. Nor would the symbols drawn mean anything to you. That is why we don't send kindergardeners to calculus class. In the same way, if you were to go to the temple without first fufilling the requirements put by God of baptism, keeping the commandments and learning of Him first, everything that happened there would make no sense to you. Not because it is uncomprehensible but because you have not gone through the process of spiritual preparation first. And because these things are sacred, there is a certian respect that must go with them. That is why we invite people to LEARN and LIVE the basics at church so they can prepare themselves to enter and understand the temple. But that does not make it secret. I can't explain all of it to you, due to its complex and sacred nature. If you want to understand it all, prepare yourself to go to the temple, and do so for yourself. But basically in the temple we learn of God, make covenants with Him and help those who did not have to opportunity to learn and make promises with God to do so as well. Show more Show less