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Hi I'm Jared McLain

I'm a husband, a father of 4 and an educator.

About Me

I've been married to the love of my life for 15 years; we have 4 children, 3 that are still with us. My family is my first love and my most engaging priority. I'm an educator, but not in the normal sense. I design training programs for my full-time employer and I teach Psychology part-time at a local community college. My wife would also say I'm a permanent student. I currently have 2 degrees and am hoping to get a third (PhD) sometime in the near future. I'll probably get a couple more just for the fun of it (a statement that baffles my wife). I'm a total geek at heart, with a love of computers, science and technology in general. but my first love remains the outdoors. I feel a very spiritual connection with nature and spend every free moment I have (which is not much) hiking, exploring or camping. I am trying to instill the same love and awe of nature in my children, and so far they are coming along for the ride. After family and the outdoors, my next love is music. I'm a classically trained vocalist and enjoy singing whenever I get the opportunity.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon (on one side of my family I'm a 5th generation Mormon), but that isn't why I have stayed true to my faith. As is normal for any teen/young adult, I had experiences where I either chose to challenge, or experienced challenges to the dictates of my faith. In those experiences I learned that I could find neither happiness nor comfort in pursuing the selfish desires of my heart. I found in my faith a foundation for living my life and a sense or purpose which allows me to feel more fulfilled and complete as a person. The more I study of other philosophical tenets (of a non-religious nature) the more I am convinced that it is absolutely necessary to find a moral and spiritual foundation upon which to base your life and serve as a guide in determining your actions in an ever changing world. My religion helps me find a rock of stability amid a sea of chaos. I have seen my life both with and without that foundation; I choose to have that foundation be a part of my life. My life is better for it.

How I live my faith

In our congregation (ward) I serve as the 2nd assistant (known as the 2nd counselor) to our ecclesiastical leader (bishop). That assignment gives me the responsibility to provide support for the organizations that care for the children and the youth of our ward. I help to find teachers for the children and the youth and others that organize activities for them. I also get to participate in any of the activities that they may have (which, selfishly, I take advantage of as often as I can!). It is tremendously rewarding to work with the young people and to watch them grow and progress. As a part of the ecclesiastical leadership of the ward we also get to provide for the spiritual and physical welfare of the people in our area. This is also a remarkable experience to get to see the hand of the Lord directing our affairs. Sometimes it is more obvious than others, but there are moments when you can easily see and feel that the influence of the Lord in directing you in ways you would have never anticipated yourself. There is very little I have done in my life that can compare to the experiences I have had in serving the Lord in my current capacity.