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Hi I'm Jared

I'm a businessman, intellectual, socialist, punk rocker, father and husband. I live 90 feet from 30 cows. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and father of two. My work takes us all over the world. I'm an intellectual, a punk rocker, and a die-hard Socialist. My wife and I are both musicians and we love to play together. I play the guitar, drums, and bass and my wife is a professional violinist who has toured and played on 4 continents. Most of our playing is currently for residents of old folks homes and church events, but we love doing it! Since I was a pre-teen I've been interested in politics and international relations. In middle school I was voted most likely to become President of the United States. My undergraduate degree is in International Relations and my masters is in International Business. I do business with people on 4 continents, working as an executive in a baby product company. We live in the rural Midwest, thanks to my work. We've lived in the Southeast and in Brazil. We love the warm weather and love summers.

Why I am a Mormon

Having been born into a Mormon family - it seems like a no-brainer. I'm an intellectual person - the kind of kid who drives his parents crazy asking every question you could imagine. As a child my parents were very involved in the Mormon Church. When I asked questions - they always had the answer. Never once was I told that "that's just the way it is" or "that's something that is incomprehensible". As I grew up and my personal spiritual experiences evolved, my religion became much more than an intellectual experience. After numerous personal witnesses and miracles, the strength of my witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ has moved beyond intellectual puzzle piecing and evolved into powerful spiritual conversion. It's no longer an intellectual endeavor, but a complete part of who and what I am spiritually.

How I live my faith

To me, living my faith is a 100% endeavor. There is no middle ground. We live in a rural area with a very small congregation and everyone gives their all to the Church. It's an amazing thing. For the last few years, I have spent most of my time working with visitors and new members to our church. One of the most inspiring things I have seen is to watch the light of Jesus Christ begin to grow in a person and to see the change in their life that membership in the Mormon Church brings. There is a visible difference in people when they accept the Savior and live His teachings. Service is the key to our happiness here on earth. We can never be more satisfied with ourselves or our position in our existence than when we bless the lives of one of our fellow human beings. Jesus taught full dedication to the principle of charity and giving. We find greater happiness as we learn to live those principles.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Absolutely not. One of the great blessings of our existence on earth is the opportunity to choose for ourselves. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints respects and allows members and non members to choose their political affiliations and vote their own political views. In the early days of the Church members were encouraged to embrace both political parties in the United States and to engage in the political process. The Church will, on very rare occasion, make a stand on a moral issue that has found its way into the political spectrum. This has been very apparent in recent years in the United States and the Church will continue to exercise its right to engage the public and its members on subjects of moral concern. This is never an endorsement of a specific political candidate or political party.  Show more Show less