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Hi I'm Matthew Jacob

I grew up in Utah, am now a pharmacist in Ohio, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm living in Cleveland Ohio with my wife and two sons. I work at an area hospital as a pharmacist and love the opportunity to work with other people who care for those who are sick and need help.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church. Sometimes that felt like it was something that I needed to apologize for. But it's my belief that no matter what church you grow up in, there comes a moment when you start asking questions of yourself, and your own beliefs. When I was a teenager I thought about that periodically, maybe a couple times a year. When I was in my first year of college I started asking myself that question a lot more frequently. I felt very firmly that there was a God, and that He would want me to understand what my purpose was, and what His purpose for me was. I decided that I knew some things about many religions, but I had never really studied my own in a way that could either discount it, or show me that it was teaching what God had shown his children. I'd like to say that my answer came quickly. It didn't. Although, I did notice that as I read the Book of Mormon, prayed, and tried to live the things I was reading about I became a happier person. I was easier to get along with, and I got along with many more people. One night after hearing a Church leader speak, many of the things that had been talked about suddenly made sense. As I walked home that night in the winter cold I almost felt that my feet didn't touch the ground. I had been given an answer to my prayers, and although I didn't know everything, I knew that what I was learning was exactly what my Father in Heaven wanted me to be learning. It was after that day that I was truly grateful to be born into a Church that teaches that prophets are here right now, teaching us all to look to Christ for our salvation. I'm a Mormon still because after you know what God expects you to be doing, it's just not right to do something else. I have plenty of things that I could be doing better, but I'm confident that the path I'm walking is the path that leads back to Christ.

How I live my faith

Currently I'm serving as one of the leaders of our congregation. It's a lot of responsibility and work for someone with a young family and many work responsibilities. However, it's been a great chance to see how many people can pull together and meet the needs of those around them. I get the chance to work with the young men in our congregation. I've taught them before in gospel instruction classes and now working with them as one of their leaders is a real great way to follow their successes. They are faced with many of the same challenges that I faced when I was their age. All of the work is worth it when they ask a question that you can tell means something to them, that they've thought about, and then they pay attention for an answer.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Matthew Jacob
No. Although it might be good to think about the word required. When I prayed for, and received an answer to the question, "Is this God's Church on earth?" I knew that I needed to share that information with other people. At least to be someone that would raise the question with other people. I felt required to serve because of the great personal knowledge that had been given to me. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Matthew Jacob
We are asked to donate 10% of our income because that's what the Lord has asked us to do. In fact, He's asked everyone to do the same thing in very clear language, "Will a man rob God?.. Yet ye have robbed me in tithes and offerings." Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Matthew Jacob
No. We are grateful to and pay tribute to Joseph Smith the same as the Children of Israel were grateful to and paid tribute to Moses for leading them out of Egypt and bondage. What Joseph Smith did was to teach mankind what had been lost since Christ and his Apostles had been taken from the Earth. With these teachings we can be led out of the bondage of worldly things. That might be grand language, but it means that we can know that God is pleased with what we're doing. Show more Show less