Hi I'm Jared
I am a mathematician and physicist, a father, a husband, a triathlete, and a Mormon.
I am a mathematician by training with four small children. I love the outdoors, including camping, hiking, rock-climbing, and mountain biking. Recently I have also taken to triathlons which include swimming, road-biking and running. My wife and I share a love of exercising, so we try to find opportunities to exercise together, or trade off so one of us stays with the kids while the other is exercising.
Why I am a Mormon
I had the opportunity some time ago to live in the part of the United States often referred to as the 'Bible Belt'. While there I gained a great deal of respect and admiration for all of the other Christian denominations, as well as all other religious sects. The more I learned about other denominations, the more I realized that the gospel of Jesus Christ as taught through the Book of Mormon, and by the modern day prophet (president of the LDS Church), contains the true direction God would have us take in our lives. Despite all the studying I have done of the scriptures, ancient and modern, the conviction I have stems from something far more significant. On numerous occasions I have had the Lord's calming influence imprint on my soul, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints is His Church, that the Book of Mormon was written and translated by mortals who were directed by the hand of God, and that only by following its teachings, can we return to our Father in Heaven. I have had evidence given to me in the scriptures, I have had evidence given me in the form of individuals whose lives exemplify the 'Light of Christ', and I have had evidence from seeing how our wonderful friends and neighbors of other faiths live, but the reason I am Mormon is because God spoke to my heart, through his Spirit, as a still, small, and comforting feeling.
How I live my faith
My favorite 'job' in the Church is the opportunity to visit with 2-3 families each month and ensure that their needs are being met. At each of these visits I am accompanied by another brother from the local congregation, and we take turns sharing a spiritual message. These seemingly insignificant acts of service are one of the best experiences I have ever had.