Hi I'm Jared
Hi, I'm Jared. I've loved to learn all my life, and so, no surprise, I became a teacher! Although endorsed as a language arts teacher (I love the art of words and the power of writing throughout the ages), I also love astronomy, history, biology, anatomy, visual arts, and social arts and culture. My wife and I found each other via online dating (yes, it can work!), and have one beautiful child. For hobbies, I enjoy hiking, creative writing, analytical writing, designing solar systems, and designing "alien" societies. I also love video games, where I can experience virtual realities or simulations (which works well when you like to write sci fi or fantasy).
Why I am a Mormon
I was born in a Mormon family, but didn't care much about it until I started searching for truth and meaning in life, about age 17. At that point I started to search, beginning with what my family believed. I read the Book of Mormon for the first time really wanting to, and was absolutely convinced that it came from God. By experimenting with its teachings in my own life--exercising faith in Jesus Christ, repenting of my sins, treating others like my brothers and sisters, and loving God as my Heavenly Father--I found exactly what I was looking for. I've continued searching and studying for decades since, and keep finding more and more to learn, understand, and enjoy. Sure there are still mysteries--but Heavenly Father is a willing, wise, and loving teacher to any of His children who will listen.
How I live my faith
I believe that God loves us, and has sent us here to Earth to learn and "grow up." As a result, the more I communicate with God (through prayer), the easier it is to understand how to deal with tough situations in life. Heavenly Father genuinely cares about us, and not only on Sundays or at religious services. Even while struggling with chemistry assignments at school, I found that Heavenly Father was willing to help me relax, focus, and enhanced my understanding of the subject. As a result, I try to encourage people around me to involve God in their lives, their interests, their hobbies and families, as well as at work.