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Hi I'm Jarret

I am an architect of human potential, I teach, I lead, I write and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

So...I'm a pretty normal guy, for the most part. I'm married to Jamie. We have two children of our own and three more from my previous marriage. I guess that's called a blended family? We love each other very much. I love to write. When I was 10, I had a rough day and my Aunt Barbara took me to the store and bought me my first journal. I've been in love with dark ink and clean paper ever since. I love nature and sharing it with people. Grueling hikes into the Grand Canyon or long rides in the desert on my mountain bike help bring me peace. At work, I'm a principal of an elementary school that serves refugee and homeless children. 14 nations and as many languages are represented on that campus. It's a dream job really. It may sound cliche, but I'm working really hard on being a good dad and husband. I lost my father at age 12 and I'm keen on the fact that a Dad makes a difference. My step-Mom, Mom in fact, raised me and I also know that a Mom makes a difference. Together...they're unstoppable. My love is to make that happen.

Why I am a Mormon

It wasn't very long ago that I learned an important lesson about God's love for me. I've most often been super hard on myself, critical even, when it comes to normal every day decisions. I have a self-imposed perfection complex. What I've discovered is that God knew I would come here to Earth and make mistakes. Knowing that, He sent me anyway. I believe that God knew we would all come here and struggle from time to time. In that loving way, He's given us the opportunity to learn and grow. Through that growth, I believe He wants us to come back home to Him. Home. My experiences, my studies & my testimony is that I will get back home not by being perfect but by asking for his help. That's why I'm here, to learn to ask for help, and by God's help, grow closer to Him every day.

How I live my faith

I love people. I am optimistic about the good that exists in everyone I meet. Especially the youth. The homeless & refugee children I serve teach me that the keys to happiness are found in striving, in asking for and accepting help. Children teach me humility in the face of learning, in the asking for help I learn more about forgiveness, patience, long-suffering and kindness. In spite of such complicated hardships, my students teach me more about living charity than I would ever learn on my own. Their knowledge and kindness invigorate me. I've learned to pay close attention to what they offer over the last 20 years of my life serving and working with children. Their example of tenacity in the face of sometimes insurmountable odds makes me consider how my Heavenly Father looks at each of us. I believe we inspire Him as we stumble, fall and get back up again. Children are an almost perfect manifestation of our Father's plan of happiness. They inspire me to be fearless about living closer to God.

What do Mormons believe about family?

I lost my father to a coal mining accident when I was 12 years old. As the oldest of five children, you can imagine my young mother had her hands full. We had to draw very close together as a community, family and church after loosing 15 men in that explosion. What I lost in one father, I gained back in surrogate dad's, uncles, teachers, friends, grandpa's and neighbors who taught me and took care of our little struggling family. I've never stopped missing my father. Not a day passes that I don't yearn for his company and wish that he was here to answer a question or comfort me when faint. I know I will see my Dad again. My parents were married in the temple, sealed together, making it possible to escape the bonds of death, and be together as a family again. That knowledge, that our family would be reunited, helps me through some very difficult times. My family remains the single most important facet of my life. Show more Show less