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Hi I'm Jacob

I love my wife. I go to law school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married now for about a year and a half. After getting married we moved east so I can attend law school. We like it here on the east coast and plan to stay awhile after graduation. Aside from studying I fill up my days with creative writing, music, jogging and spending time with my wife. I'm originally from Georgia (the Bible Belt) and I regularly shared my religious beliefs with my friends on a daily basis. We were the only Mormons in my community. I'm the last of seven kids.

Why I am a Mormon

As you get to know Mormons you'll hear often that you need to read and study the Book of Mormon, and then pray to find out if the book is true. I was 11 when my branch president (my pastor/reverend) came to my primary class and told us that one day we would each have to read the Book of Mormon and pray about three things. He said we needed to pray and ask God if 1) the Book of Mormon is true, 2) if Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and 3) if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's true church on the face of the earth today. I had heard before that each person needs to pray and find out for themselves about whether or not the church was true, whether it was God's church, but I had never done it. When my branch president spoke to us that Sunday, I felt in my heart that I was going to go and pray and find out for myself. After getting home from church--and after lunch when most of my family was napping or reading--I grabbed a Book of Mormon and I went out into the woods behind my house. I found a place that felt good, sat down and leaned back against a tree. I opened the Book of Mormon and read for what felt like hours to an eleven-year-old kid, but it couldn't have lasted too long. I read portions, I skimmed, I let the words wash over me, and I thought a lot about the things I had been taught. I decided to pray. I came to my knees and began to pray. I had prayed before, over meals and stuff, but I had never prayed to find out anything. Asking God to answer my prayer, to tell me something, was beyond anything I had ever done before. And so I prayed. I asked God if he was there, and if he was listening to me. And if he was there, would he answer my prayers, would he tell me what I needed to know? I asked Him if the Book of Mormon was true, if Joseph Smith was His prophet, and if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His church. I waited. And then the answer came. I felt a peace and calm that I rarely feel in my life. I didn't hear any words, but I felt a confidence in my heart that God really had been there listening to my prayers. I prayed, and He told me that the Book of Mormon is true, that Joseph Smith had been His prophet and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His church. I felt it with so much confidence. My faith in God grew so much that day, and that experience has given my life purpose since then. It has made me who I am today.

How I live my faith

Even though we're both "gringos," my wife and I attend church in Spanish. I became fluent in Spanish during my two year mission in Argentina, and I constantly look for opportunities to keep my skills up. My Heavenly Father continues to bless me with opportunities to learn and grow. Every month I go and visit church members in our area with one of the young men in our local church group. We call these monthly visits home teaching. Home teaching gives us an opportunity to make sure all the church members in our area are doing okay. We visit with the people and share a message from our prophet. Sometimes we get to help the people we visit with things around their house. In the past I've moved furniture, killed bugs, taken out the trash, watched children and even cut down trees. Right now I'm in the middle of law school. Any one who has been through the three year grueling process knows that it can be time-consuming, but I made a commitment when I started law school to not study on Sundays. Mormons believe that Sunday is a day for worship, and I worship better when I turn my whole focus to the Lord. Honestly, I think taking the one day off each week for something other than law school has made my life easier over the past year.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Jacob
Through prayer. We believe, I believe, that we can come to know our Heavenly Father better by spending time with him. If we want to talk to him, we need to spend time on our knees praying. If we want him to talk to us, we need to spend time reading scriptures and meditating. I know God hears our prayers and I feel so much closer to him as I pray and read my scriptures. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Jacob
Yes, Mormons are Christians. This is a question I heard almost daily growing up in the Bible Belt in Georgia. The official name of our Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mormons is just a nickname because of our belief in the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. All we do, we do in the name of Christ. I personally believe Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. I'll share a quick scripture from the Book of Mormon that stresses how important Christ is for us - "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." - 2 Nephi 25:26 Show more Show less