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Hi I'm Jared

I'm a web designer, skateboarder, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love skateboarding, and I'm a Team Manager. I spent a lot of time skating growing up and I became a sponsored skater for a few different companies. I served a mission in New York and I grew to love the City and Long Island.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love my Savior Jesus Christ and I know He has a plan for me. I know that He paid the price for my sins and has made my salvation possible. Faith is something that I continue to work on every day. I love to read the Bible and the Book of Mormon, I know that the scriptures contain the Word of God. The prophecies and the revelations contained in the scriptures are true and I love to spend time learning about them. Attending church is also a great way for me to find a closer connection to my Savior.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as a leader in home teaching at the Singles Ward. It's a great experience to be a home teacher and to visit others in the ward, share uplifting experiences, messages, and just talk about life in general. Being involved this way has helped me to learn a lot about life. Sometimes it's difficult to get it done, but once you do it's worth it. I know this is the way God wants me to live and I can learn a lot from these experiences.

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Jared
I am descended from one of the Elders in the church who practiced polygamy in the early days of the church. It was a commandment of God at the time and was a limited practice. I would like to reference a scripture from the Book of Mormon: http://scriptures.lds.org/en/jacob/2/5,10,16,21,24,28,31#5 Although these scripture clearly condemn the practice of polygamy, the Lord also notes an exception in verse 30... "For if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people; otherwise they shall hearken unto these things." This is the key to understanding what happened in those days. There were and are many blessing associated with that commandment. Here is just one example: "My health was not very good, but I was blessed of the Lord by my obedience in receiving the law of polygamy. For as my husband's other wives were all young girls, and three of them were then with me, they assisted in the work, and helped me with my children; a blessing which I acknowledge was from the Lord. One of them--Mary A. Phelps Rich took all care of my children at night, except the baby; and when the weather was bad I stayed in the wagon with my babe and my meals were handed into me, as all the cooking had to be done by a fire built up in open air, rain, snow, or shine. Meals had to be prepared in this way; and all this time those dear girls waited on me, did the work without a murmur or complaint." -Sarah DeArmon Pea Rich Eccl. 3: 1 "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:" It was only for a time, and when it was commanded to end the practice, most obeyed willingly. Those who didn't found their way out of the Lord's Church. Show more Show less