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Hi I'm Jacob

I'm an archaeologist. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a Colorado native currently exiled to Tennessee, where I found a marvelous southern belle who agreed to spend eternity with me while I finished a PhD in anthropology. I currently teach archaeology and advise first-year students when I'm not running around after our toddler or preparing to continue my research in the southern Andes and western Patagonia. I get paid to play in the dirt, and it's a pretty good gig.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon simply because I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only church, denomination, or organization on earth that contains the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and has the authority to act in the name of God in order to allow us to all return to live with our Heavenly Father. The Spirit of God has manifested to me countless times the veracity of this work, and nothing can change that. It gives me hope, it gives me knowledge, it gives me understanding, and it helps me realize a divine potential in me that I can, through my Savior Jesus Christ, achieve great things. And, perhaps most importantly, it gives me the knowledge and hope that I will enjoy the company of my wonderful wife for time and all eternity, together with our amazing daughter.

How I live my faith

I try to live it every day, through my actions both public and private, by attending my meetings, and trying to keep present in my mind the teachings of the Savior. As an archaeologist, I am confronted every day with things that would tear down, denigrate, or make light of what I know to be true. Fortunately, the testimony in me allows me to see through the "philosophies of men" and realize that what I know to be true comes not from my academic knowledge but from the far more important spiritual knowledge I have received.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Jacob
Only from the Spirit of God revealed through sincere prayer. One must humble themselves before God and ask Him if the Church is true, whether Joseph Smith truly saw God the Father and Jesus Christ and whether or not the Book of Mormon is truly the word of God. The only real evidence is borne of the Spirit, which will manifest Itself in an undeniable way that is unique to each person's needs. What is wonderful about this, is that it requires the development of a relationship with Heavenly Father! That relationship is very personal and essential to salvation, and one that brings so much light and knowledge, particularly to know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true and living church with the authority to act in the name of God. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Jacob
Technically no, because it could have easily been South America. The point is that Jesus Christ did indeed visit people living somewhere in the Americas shortly after His ascension. I know this is true because the Spirit has manifested the truth of it to me, and because I know the Book of Mormon is true from that same Spirit. The Book of Mormon is an ancient record, which contains an account of that visit. Though there may or may not be physical "evidence" of that visit, it nonetheless occurred. By developing a relationship with Heavenly Father through humble and sincere prayer, anyone can come to know, as I know, that the Book of Mormon is the Word of God, and that our Savior and Redeemer visited some of the "lost sheep" of Israel here in the Americas. Show more Show less