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Hi I'm Jared

I'm an asphalt paving contractor and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I have been married for almost 20 years and have 3 children. When I'm not working, you can find me on the golf course, at the lake waterskiing, or fly fishing in the North Georgia mountains. The problem is, it's nearly often enought that I'm not working!! 

Why I am a Mormon

I have actually been a member of the Church my whole life. Although at a very young age I knew that I had a Heavenly Father, and that Jesus Christ was my Savior, I thought the teachings of the church were probably true, but I wasn't sure. I mostly came to church becasue it was fun, that's where my friends were, and that's what my family did. When I turned 19 I was called to serve a mission in Carcas Venezuela. I decided then that I needed to know for myself, independant of my friends and family members if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was in fact the restored church of Jesus Christ, if Joseph Smith truly did see God the Father and Jesus Christ, and if The Book of Mormon really was scripture. I knew that I could not teach these concepts to the Venezuelan people if I did not know them for myself. So I read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover, and prayed over and over again to know if it was true....... no answer!! This went on for months. Then one evening my companion and I were teaching a simple discussion to a young family. We were teaching about the Book of Mormon. When it was my turn to speak, I felt a real warm feeling come over me. I felt a sense of comfort and peace. My eyes started to tear up, and my voice got shaky. I didn't hear a voice from heaven, or have a vision, or anything like that. I just had a feeling. And I knew that was my answer. I knew in that moment that Joseph Smith was indeed a prophet, that the Book of Mormon was the word of God, and the The Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was the restored Church of our Savior. But most importantly, I knew that I was the son of a loving Heavenly Father who cared enough for me to anwer my prayer!! Between the tears and the jumbled Spnish, I'm not sure if that young family understood much of what I said. But it was a moment I will never forget.  

How I live my faith

Being a member of the church means being willing to serve others. Because we have no paid clergy, the members of each congregation give freely of their time and talents to help run the programs of the church. We have great programs for young children, youth, young single adults, men, women, etc. We also come together often to help people move, to clean-up yards and homes for the widows and elderly in our area, bring meals to families when they have need. Serving can be time consuming, and sometimes seems like just "one more thing" to add to our already busy lives. However, I know that serving one another is what the Savior would have me do. Often times the feelings of joy experienced are even greater for me, than for the person receiving service. Now that my children are getting older, I have espcially enjoyed spending time with them while helping others. The time my older son and I have spent together working on someones Eagle Scout project or helping somone move, are precious.