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Hi I'm Jared

I am a mathematician and physicist, a father, a husband, a triathlete, and a Mormon.

About Me

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. 

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Jared
Just as Christ sought out John the Baptist to be baptized, we are commanded to be baptized by someone holding the proper authority. Even the Son of God sought out someone who had been properly authorized to perform this ordinance. In the same manner all of us must be baptized by someone who holds the authority or priesthood of God. This priesthood authority is not sought after, nor bought, but is bestowed by the laying on of hands, and is found only in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints. Show more Show less

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

Jared
Yes, while the archaeologists will dispute about this (on both sides of the argument), I know this is so because I have read the account in the Book of Mormon, prayed about it, and felt God's confirming witness that this sacred event actually occurred as recorded. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Jared
The Bible is the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. As is well acknowledged by biblical scholars, the Bible is a compilation of records that have passed through several hands, and been translated several times, and hence has lost some of its original meaning. Even so, this great book of scripture is an inspired work that details God's dealings with His people. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Jared
A chapel (Mormon Church) is a place of worship, and a gathering place for God's people. It is used for many purposes including Sunday meetings, social events, scouting, community events and many other uses throughout each week. Engraved on each temple is the phrase (depending on the native language) 'Holiness to the Lord'. The temple is the house of the Lord, where we go to perform sacred ordinances, and come to feel of his Spirit. In the temple, conversations are quiet (reverent is likely the correct word) and subdued. All within the temple's walls are in a spirit of reflection and contemplation. The temple is not a place for social events, nor even for chatting. Instead it is a place of quiet reflection, apart from the busy lives we live in the world. In the temple we have the opportunity to make sacred covenants (promises) with the Lord, and are promised wonderful blessings in return. It is also in the temple that we can be sealed as family units for eternity, and not just for our mortal existence. A wonderful blessing that temples also make available is that we can perform these same sacred ordinances in behalf of those who have already died, allowing them the opportunity to accept or reject the same. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Jared
Get in contact with some missionaries. There are certain truths that you must learn first, and then be baptized by someone holding the proper authority. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Jared
The New Testament tells that after Christ's ascension into heaven we know the eleven apostles chose another to fill the vacancy left by Judas Iscariot. Later through the letters of Paul and Peter we learn that other apostles were called (including Paul himself) to fill voids left as other apostles died. Because persecution was so intense in the early days after Christ's resurrection, the apostles were eventually all killed before they could meet and extend the calling of apostle to more individuals. In our day God has seen fit to restore this authoritative calling, and once again we are blessed to have 12 apostles on the earth. Just as in the early days after Christ's ascension, when one apostle dies, another is called to take his place. This isn't a new pattern, but one that is reminiscent of that contained in the New Testament. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Jared
The Book of Mormon is a record of God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the American continents. While the Bible has been handed down through several generations, and translated many times through the efforts of many well-meaning scholars, the beauty of the Book of Mormon is that it was translated once from the ancient language in which it was written, into the English language by the inspiration and gift of God. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Jared
True faith in Jesus Christ gives us a fresh perspective on all our relationships. When we develop true faith in Jesus Christ we will see people not as they are, but as they may become. In this aspect we will treat everyone with more respect, for we will understand the great potential each individual has. In our families this will lead to more harmony in the home. We will understand that no matter what an individual has done, or what point they are at now, because of what Jesus Christ has done, they will have the potential to become something far greater than we can imagine. Show more Show less