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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: