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Hi I'm Jared

I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

I'm a husband, a father, a friend, a neuroscientist, a blogger, and I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have received a witnesses of the truthfulness of Christ's restored church - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - through the Holy Ghost. I was born to parents who are members of the LDS Church. Their parents were members and theirs before them. Some of my ancestors joined the Church shortly after it was organized in 1830. It is partially upon this heritage of faith that I build. But I am not a Mormon simply because of tradition, I am a Mormon because it is Truth. I am a Mormon because I know that Jesus is the Christ and that He called prophets in modern times starting with Joseph Smith to restore and lead and guide His church. I am a Mormon because I have prayed to know if this church is true and God let me know that it is true, that Joseph Smith really did see Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and restored Christ's church to the earth. I am a Mormon because I know that Jesus died and was resurrected for me. I am a Mormon because it is a path that brings me peace, comfort, knowledge, opportunity, responsibility, faith, and joy. I've watched a lot of other people - friends and strangers - suffer because of choices they made that were in conflict with the commandments of God. There is still suffering for followers of Christ but it is tempered by hope in Christ. I've found that true happiness only comes to me when I am living the gospel of Jesus Christ. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to follow Christ's example. I try to be kind to everyone; I strive to be honest in all my dealings with others. I try to be the husband and father the Savior would have me be. I live my faith by striving to have a personal relationship with God. I attend church services weekly and try not to perform my church responsibilities weakly. I work with the youth at church. I teach them on Sundays and have activities with them during the week. I try to help instill in them a love of their Savior and a desire to serve Him throughout their lives. I've been so greatly blessed by God and I want them to recognize and receive similar blessings in their own lives.

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Yes, they can be if they are married in an LDS temple and if they are faithful to each other and the Lord. This is one of the greatest blessings we can receive from God - to live together with our families forever. I know that families can be together forever. Death is not the end of our existence. We all will be resurrected some day because of Christ's sacrifice for us. This is one of the most comforting doctrines to me. I've had a number of friends and family members die. I know that I will see them again. This is why, as hard as the deaths of loved ones is to deal with, death is rarely tragic. It is part of our life here on earth, it is part of God's plan for us. Without death we could not return to live with Him. This is why we as members of the church spend so much effort with family history and temple work - we want to provide opportunities for everyone who ever lived on the earth to be able to return to live with God and to live together as families forever. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

The priesthood is the authority and power of God given to man. It was given to prophets anciently - Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Elijah, Noah, John the Baptist, Peter, James, John, and others. By this priesthood authority and power, these men directed the work of the Lord on the earth. They were able to perform necessary ordinances because they had been called of God and had been given this authority by someone else who had it. After Christ's resurrection and the death of his Apostles, the priesthood was lost from the earth. The authority to act in God's name was no longer on the earth. This authority was restored to Joseph Smith under the hands of angels. It is given by the laying on of hands to worthy male members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today. The priesthood is mainly a call to service. In other words, the priesthood is given so that those who receive it might be able to serve others and bless their lives. The priesthood is a responsibility to live clean, pure lives, and strive to be like the Savior Jesus Christ in all we do, say, and think. The priesthood gives men who are called the authority to act in God's name within their realms of responsibility. Show more Show less