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Hi I'm Jared

I'm a dad and husband, director of a volunteer organization, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I just celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. I grew up in Redlands, California. We met when we were both volunteer teachers in Russia. We got married a year later and now have a great big family. We take 5,000+ miles of road trips every year, all nine of us (plus friends sometimes), do a lot of camping and hiking and visiting cool places but especially love the Redwoods and the ocean. We love games and stories and family traditions. I travel with work a lot and love taking one of my kids or wife with me whenever I can get away with it. The younger kids and I spend time in the garden as soon as it's warm enough each year. All my kids speak Spanish from a Spanish preschool that we started, but my wife and I don't--I speak Russian and Japanese (though not as well as I used to...). I have one son making me very proud on a mission in El Salvador and a daughter volunteering in Russia. I went back to school and became a lawyer several years ago (but kept my same job). My goals right now are to get my kids to and through college and starting happy families of their own, and to make a lot of great memories and stories on the way.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon today because I want to be a follower of Christ, and His church is what he set up to help us do that. The church helps me be a better person. Besides that there are a lot of great opportunities to be involved with what I think are the most meaningful things in life. Great opportunities for raising a family and having a good marriage across many generations. Great opportunities to help all the people that surround me. Happiness and meaning can't be found in myself; it just can't...it has to be with others. I'm a Mormon because through the beliefs and practices of the church I can be where I have the best vantage point there is to see life and truth. I'm a Mormon because as long as I am I know that I will be inspired to happy with who I am, but seeing lots of ways to be better and to do more.

How I live my faith

I live my faith when I provide a good home for my children. Not just food to eat, but fun and time and patience and learning and adventure and chances to work and serve others. I live my faith by staying faithful to my wife. I live my faith when I help neighbors. I live my faith when I help out others by sharing what I have, whether it's a ride, a visit, my best answer to a question, help providing for their family, a break, or whatever. I live my faith by paying a tithe to my church. I live my faith when I'm grateful to the awesome people in my life and letting others know that I appreciate them. I live my faith by being honest. I live my faith by realizing that most of the time I could do a lot better at living my faith. I live my faith by keeping the Sabbath day holy. I live my faith by making the world a little bit better with what I do for work. I live my faith when I'm nice. I live my faith when I show compassion and forgive or just move on when someone does something wrong. I live my faith when I share ownership in someone else's problem and I don't have to. I live my faith when I stand up for what is right. I live my faith whenever I do anything that helps someone remember that God is their father and Christ is their Savior.