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Hi I'm Jared BD

I'm happily married, fun-lovin and working toward a master's degree in counseling and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I've been married for almost four years. No kids yet but look forward to being a dad someday. I'm currently back in school working towards a master's degree in school counseling and loving it. I enjoy people, studying world cultures, too many video games, movies, books, music: love folk, rock, ska and punk, concerts, outdoors, sports and my family. My wife and I taught English in South Korea where we each were responsible for an entire school of 1500 cute kids. I have backpacked through Europe, done service trips in Mexico, and served an LDS mission in southern California.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I grew up in a wonderful loving Mormon family. The reason I am still Mormon is because I have found it brings a lot of light and happiness into my life. I love learning about religions from around the world and worshiping with others of my brothers and sisters from different backgrounds. Buddhism and Episcopalian are two of my favorites out of many and I have learned a lot from them and how they connect with the divine. Still I am continually drawn to the Savior in diverse ways particularly through the LDS church. Its focus on being with my family together forever has always brought me a sense of hope in the eternal power of love. The Book of Mormon teaches me so much about Jesus Christ and his love for all of us as children of God, amazing stuff! It along with the New Testament and Buddhism's Dhammapada are three books that I turn to again and again to be lifted up spiritually and inspired to be a better me. I have a very great faith that God loves each and every one of us, as his dear children, and that we can tap into that love through faith and the power of prayer. I am so grateful to have that in my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith or I should say I try to live my faith simply by loving others. Of course this is not always the most simple process but when I put enough effort into it little miracles happen. I see others as fellow human beings, no matter who they are, who need love and happiness in their life and suffer just like me. My faith helps me appreciate the Earth and want to take better care of it and be a greener person. I volunteer in church and in the community helping others. My career choice of being a counselor is ultimately connected to my faith in that I want to serve and love others. Of course all of this is me on a good day but even on my very worse days my faith helps me know that I can be better and overcome my many weaknesses. o:

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

Jared BD
Most definitely. This is my number one reason for being a Mormon. I really do believe that I will be with my beautiful best friend, my wife, and family forever. I am so grateful for this idea and this hope that is such a powerful force in my life. Show more Show less

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

Jared BD
You betcha. I certainly believe the Bible to be the word of God. In all of our meetings the Old Testament, New Testament and Book of Mormon can be used and are most of the time. I personally cherish the gospels of the New Testament as scripture that has helped me have a very powerful faith in Jesus Christ as I have learned about his life, his teachings, his miracles, his death and his resurrection. Yes I love the Bible. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Jared BD
In our Heavenly Father, and in His son Jesus Christ. That they live and love us. And finally I would say ourselves. Through faith in God we can really come to know ourselves better as divine sons and daughters who Jesus Christ suffered and died for. This teaches us that there really is something special and powerful about the human race and each of us individually as well. I belief in God, Jesus Christ and I believe in YOU o: Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Jared BD
Mormon women are pretty similar to other women only difference being they are Mormon too haha. I believe men and women are equal, both children of God, and if anything the gals are better than us guys. My wife is more beautiful, talented, big hearted and intelligent than I am. The only thing I got going for me is being louder and stronger. haha Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Jared BD
The role of husband and wife is to ultimately love and support one another as equal partners. The husband is to be the primary provider and the wife to be the primary nurturer. How that ultimately breaks down is every family's choice. My wife and I both plan on working and having careers as well as having children. Right now we take turns cooking often together, cleaning and both have part time jobs. My number one goal as a husband and one day dad is to let my wife and children know that I love them more than anything on this earth through words and actions and that they have a Heavenly Father that loves them more than they can ever know. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Jared BD
When it comes down to it what is the purpose of any individual's life regardless of their beliefs and background? I think it is to be happy. How people go about reaching that goal is approached from countless different paths. The Mormon idea is that happiness will come from relationships of love. Loving our God, his son Jesus Christ, our families and pretty much as many people as possible. This leads to true lasting happiness and the purpose to life. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Jared BD
The Mormon prophet today is Thomas S Monson. I like to think of him as a loving grand father who tells wonderful enlightening stories, shares old people jokes, and is incredibly wise. It is amazing to me how in touch an older man like him can be with the up and coming generations. He is a man like you and me but one that follows His Savior's footsteps and is inspired by Him to lead this church. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Jared BD
Of course you can visit any given Sunday. Meetings are three hours which can be a little longer than other services and are conducted all by volunteers which can definitely have its pros and cons. Sermons and discussions are not always the most polished but they typically come from the heart of a fellow Christian who is doing their best to share what they believe about God and the scriptures. More often than not the spirit is felt and all are uplifted in the process...especially whoever is fighting their nerves this week and teaching the rest of us. Show more Show less