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Hi I'm Jared

I'm a sports fanatic. I'm a newlywed man. I'm a moderate conservative. I'm a law student. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently got married and am so happy! She means everything to me! We packed up and moved to California so I could attend law school. I love playing any kind of sports, although I don't profess to be good at any one of them. I love hunting, racquetball, snowboarding, basketball, football, baseball, golf, and tennis, and many more. Probably the most crazy thing I've done is jump out of a plane at 10,000 feet in the air with a parachute strapped to my back and plummeting to the ground. It was exhilarating! I have worked as a restaurant server, amusement park cashier, teller at a bank, and research assistant.

Why I am a Mormon

Just like many others, I was born into a Mormon family. I grew up always going to church and following my parents guidance. There was a time when I questioned what I was learning and living. The question "How can anyone really KNOW?" constantly plagued my mind. I thought about it over and over again, always coming to the same conclusion...no one can ever really know. It was at that time that I was watching a Mormon broadcast and one of the speakers recited the scripture found in John 7:17 (KJV): "If any man will DO His will, he shall KNOW of the doctrine". The speaker related the two words and suggested the idea that DOING is KNOWING. This was the explanation to my problem. When you do something you can know of its truth. When you flip a light switch on (DO), you KNOW that the light came on or that the marvel of electricity is true. When you turn the ignition switch in a car (DO), you KNOW that the car started and that it can get you from point A to point B. Experience is knowledge. I know that the Mormon Church is the true Church of Jesus Christ as was in ancient times. I know because as I pray, pay tithing, go to the temple, read the Bible and Book of Mormon, listen to the prophet, and other church related doctrine (DO), it gives me happiness that I wouldn't be able to receive elsewhere (KNOW). It gives me peace and joy in my heart. The spirit speaks not in words, but in a small gentle sound to my heart letting me know these things are true by the way I feel. Since this time, I have seen confusion, doubt, and fear from many other religions and philosophies. There are hundreds of translations of the bible all based on different doctrines. I testify that I KNOW this church is true because I have EXPERIMENTED or ACTED upon the Savior's teachings taught within this Church. Doing is knowing and knowing prompts you to do. Come and see for yourself.

How I live my faith

Wherever I go, whether it be Thailand, Brazil, France, Australia, or Zimbabwe, I feel like I have an immediate family. None of the service in the church is paid and so everyone has different functions within the church that they are assigned. My assignment is to be a secretary in helping the leaders over a group of men from about 19 to 45. We discuss about who needs assistance in the church and then the next week we go out and help them either spiritually or physically. Every man over the age of 12 has the assignment to go visit other members of the church at least once a month. I have been able to really get to know and develop close friendships to those families that I otherwise wouldn't have had the opportunity.

What is being a Mormon like?

Jared
It is great! You immediately have a family all across the world who all have something in common--the gospel of Jesus Christ! Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Jared
A ward is a group of people that meet together based on boundary lines within a community. Sometimes, there are more than one "ward" that meets in a Mormon church. A branch is a smaller version of a ward with less people. Congregations typically start out as branches and then develop into wards. A stake is comprised of numerous wards and branches within a geographical area. The great thing about the Mormon church is that you will be taught the same doctrine in a ward in Taiwan that you would be taught in Argentina. The Savior's teachings are the same yesterday, today, and forever--even if they are in different wards and stakes. Show more Show less