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Hi I'm Jared

I'm a Mormon, trying to do my best as a husband and father. Being a Mormon has shaped who I am.

About Me

 Married to my best friend and companion for almost 11 years, now a father of two kids--a boy 4 and a girl 2. We adopted both of our kids after multiple failed infertility treatments. While infertility has been our biggest challenge it has brought me and my wife closer together and has brought our two biggest blessings to our family. I want my kids to grow up with strong work ethic, to be respectful of others, tolerant of those who are different, and kind to all. I love the outdoors--camping, hiking, backpacking. Love scuba diving and traveling to tropical places with my wife. We love our yard and garden.

Why I am a Mormon

Like many who live in Utah I grew up in a home where the church was an important part of our everyday life. From a very early age though my parents encouraged me to study the doctrine of the church and to know for myself whether I believed. Having lived outside of the United States for half of my childhood I always saw a difference between me and my friends at school. I could see the good things the church brought to my life--regular study of the scriptures, healthy habits, learning to be generous with the things I have. But in all honesty the reason I am a Mormon is because I have read the Book of Mormon and prayed to ask God if the book is true. When I prayed I felt the peaceful confirmation in my heart that it is true. I have tested the principles and doctrines taught and am a better person as a result. I have a personal witness that the Book of Mormon is true.

How I live my faith

I try my best to live my faith by applying the teachings and doctrines into my everyday life. Being a Mormon is so much more than Sunday church attendance. I try to study the scriptures each morning and work on something specific that day. Some days are better than others The church has no paid positions. I volunteer to work with young men in my neighborhood. Each Tuesday night, together with other volunteers, we meet with the 14-16 year old and work on boy scout merit badges, learn life skills, play sports, and have fun. On Sundays I teach these same young men gospel principles in Sunday school.