Born 11 days ago, Jacob is happy and healthy as is his (sleep-deprived) mother. A picture of him in the hospital is available here for a few more days.
We chose the name Jacob because we like names with religious roots and I prefer names with Book of Mormon roots. Thus our first two children are Samuel and Sariah. Jacob in the Bible is a central figure, but I admit to being more interested in Jacob in the Book of Mormon. He comes across as a man of both deep spiritual understanding and compassion. He reminds me, actually, of Neal Maxwell (Maxwell was another contender, but lost out for, among other things, the double MM’s). Neal Maxwell knew and loved the gospel deeply, saw it clearly, and studied it intensely, but when he died, the tributes I read centered on how kind he was to those around him.
As it happens, Elder Maxwell often cited Jacob. While 8% of General Conference Book of Mormon citations are from Elder Maxwell, 20% of Jacob citations are from him. His second most cited passage, which he cited in 18 of his conference talks, was Jacob 4:13:
“Behold, my brethren, he that prophesieth, let him prophesy to the understanding of men; for the Spirit speaketh the truth and lieth not. Wherefore, it speaketh of things as they really are, and of things as they really will be; wherefore, these things are manifested unto us plainly, for the salvation of our souls. But behold, we are not witnesses alone in these things; for God also spake them unto prophets of old.”
Welcome, Jacob! May you also be a witness of things as they really are.