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Hi I'm Jed

I grew up in Wyoming, love all things artistic and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an artist... bookworm, father of three, husband, aspiring painter, fledgling novelist, application designer, gamer, love 3D modeling, texturing, lighting, visual effects and a few other things. I haven't done organized sports since little league yet I am 6'5" 225 lbs. I love learning and want to go back and get an advanced degree... or two sometime in the future. I have 4 brothers and 6 sisters stereotype I know! though I only know the older 5. Met my wife when I stopped to talk to her because I thought she was beautiful.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon, grew up going to church, watched animated scripture stories, met some amazing people who made me a better person, taught me about courtesy, chivalry, kindness, respect and strong moral character. Somewhere in there I actually started to grow up. In high school I attended our seminary class with my fellow church members and realized that my beliefs were actually making a positive difference in my life. I also started to see it make my friends better as our faith in Jesus Christ became something tangible. Those same friends introduced me to their friends and helped me change from a quiet intraverted kid to a very social guy who thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to interact and be a part of the lives of others and all of this was just the beginning of the positive influence my beliefs have had on my life up to this point.

How I live my faith

With the help of my wife. Being a Mormon can be a really hard thing sometimes especially with all the pressure around us today. My wife is a huge help to me. We don't always agree, but we both know that the gospel is true and an essential part of our life and the lives of our children. At home we read scriptures and say at least 5 prayers each day, one morning and night and one before each meal. In my ward I'm the Gospel Doctrine teacher which means I prepare a lesson for the adults each week from a church manual. I love my calling it helps me get motivated to study the scriptures and prayerfully consider the message I will present to my friends and neighbors at church. It's such a great experience when everyone participates and we learn together. Most of the time I enjoy my own lessons mostly due to the comments and experiences shared by class members.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

One of the things I see in the world today is people abusing government welfare services. This makes me a little disappointed. I always wish that nations could be filled with people who are striving to contribute and make the entire country a better place and I imagine what it would be like if everyone was working hard and trying to do their best. I'm not blaming the people or the government, I just wish it were different. Welfare services for our church strive to help people with more than just food, housing or money. They give people the opportunity to learn skills, earn what they are getting and help other people while helping themselves. This helps people get back on their feet instead of letting welfare become a crutch. It helps them have a sense of purpose and self worth. In the long run it's about helping people understand they are a child of God and that he has a plan for them and that he loves them. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

We learn from each other. I think it would be sad not to have the opportunity to be instructed and learn from the experiences of all the people around me. Each of us are unique and have such full and interesting lives. We all experience different trials and blessings. Not having paid clergy means we have our peers teach and the teaching is often unique and varied. It also helps us when we have that opportunity to learn as we prepare lessons or talks. We believe in lifting each other up as a people and this is just another way we can serve and help one another. My favorite part about not having paid clergy is that I get to learn from my friends and people are asked to speak up in classes and share their own experiences. It's incredible to hear people share how God works in their life. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

This year our gospel doctrine class at church is about the old testament and because I am the teacher of that class in my ward I have had the wonderful opportunity to really dig into the Bible. If you're like me at all, the old testament can be a little heavy sometimes. Lots of genealogy and very brutal stories, and if you look closely there are many stories that can help us really understand how the gospel of Jesus Christ works. I've learned about friendship, leadership, temple attendance, happiness and many other things all in the last few weeks. Like the other scriptures the Bible provides an opportunity to hear the word of God and feel his spirit which will help us be guided by our loving father in heaven. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Patience. Long Suffering. Diligence. Perspective. There are many times it would be easy to just give up, call it quits and live for myself, however, my understanding of the sacrifices that God allowed his son to go through for me help me understand why I need to work hard, stick with it and make the most of every situation. It also helps me understand that this life is really just a short part of our existence and if I do a good job here I can live with my father in heaven again. For me it also means that if I live the right way I can realize the blessings of being married in the Temple and live with my family forever. Show more Show less