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Hi I'm Jared

I'm American. I'm Australian. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California and enjoy the outdoors i.e. camping, fishing, hiking, skiing, etc. I was a mormon missionary for 2 years in Melbourne, Australia. After graduating from university, I returned to Australia to travel and while in Tasmania, I met a beautiful Aussie girl. We got married 6 months later in Sydney. I've since lived in Utah, California and for the last 10+ years in Adelaide, South Australia. I've got 4 kids and am a landscape architect, urban designer and arborist.

Why I am a Mormon

Basically, I believe what I've been taught. I was raised in a Mormon family. I attended church since I was young, but didn't have a desire to go or learn about it as a teenager. When I was 18 and living away from home, I started to read the Book of Mormon one night for the first time. I felt a rush through my entire body while reading. It was a strange sensation so I stopped reading. Then I began to read again and the feeling came over me again. When this happened a third time, I finally recognised that it was the Holy Ghost witnessing to me that the Book of Mormon is true. To this day, I can't deny the experience that I had that night while reading the Book of Mormon and continue to have spiritual witnesses that build my faith.

How I live my faith

Life is all about learning, working and experiencing love and joy with family and friends. When my life feels out of control or balance, my faith helps me to keep perspective because I know that God loves me and wants me to be happy.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

In John 3:5, the bible teaches us that we must be baptized to enter the kingdom of God. God loves everyone and has provided a way for all of us to return to Him. In temples, Mormons perform baptisms for the dead so that people who died without baptism have the opportunity to accept this baptism performed on their behalf. "Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?" 1 Corinthians 15:29. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

A ward is a local congregation of church members that live within a specific geographic boundary. My local ward has approximately 200 people that regularly attend church meetings together each Sunday. Stake is a term that we use to define a group of wards and is taken from Old Testament tent imagery in which the “tent,” or church, is held up by supporting stakes (see Isaiah 54:2). Generally, there is 5-10 wards in a stake. A branch is a small local congregation. Branches are often formed where there are not many church members presently living, such as small towns or remote areas. Show more Show less