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Hi I'm Jared

I'm an author, an actor, a gentleman, and an aspiring scholar. I'm part of an awesome family. Oh, and by the way, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Utah and have lived here for most of my life, though I spent two years living in the Southern United States. I'm hoping to work in the writing and acting fields, and so far I've been in two plays and had some of my work published in school magazines. I have a ridiculously active imagination, which I often use to come up with all sorts of stories for my writing-I hope to write novels, but I've also tried other writing styles. I love doing impressions and quoting movies, books, and just about anything else. My favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though I'll occasionally pick up something different. If you ask me about any series or subject I'm into, I can happily give you a long, in-depth overview of it: I'm something of a talking encyclopedia at times. I'm not an athlete nor overly fond of working out, though I can move pretty fast when it comes to getting some pepperoni pizza. I love hamburgers with ketchup, learning interesting facts about history, and playing action adventure-type video games (military games, not so much). I'm a collector of action toys, movies and books, especially the good old stuff that's been out of production for a while, but if there's an item that I don't like, then my collection is complete without it. I enjoy making people laugh, especially babies and little kids. I like telling jokes and funny stories, and I'm not afraid to share ones that I've heard. I tend to take life seriously, because I want to do what's right.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church and attended it just about every week. But for some years, I did so mainly because it was what my family did and it was something that I was used to doing, rather than something I knew was right. After deciding to read the Book of Mormon myself, however, I realized the truthfulness of its teachings. My family and other church members also served as examples of how living the gospel of Jesus Christ is the key to happiness. The Book of Mormon and the teachings of the church provide answers to all the truly significant questions and doubts of my soul, and I am glad to be a Latter-Day Saint. My faith in Jesus Christ is a great comfort to me in this world where it is so easy to be surrounded by unrighteous influences. The knowledge that Jesus Christ's sacrifice makes it possible for me to repent and be more like my Heavenly Father is a source of great hope. Furthermore, the restored gospel provides the knowledge that through the grace of God, which we seek through our diligent effort, our families can be together forever. We all experience feelings of inadequacy at times, but the gospel teaches us that we aren't expected to be perfect now, but we can make steps towards it with the help of our Savior. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints also brings together everything that seems missing or hard to understand in the Bible. Revelations from modern day prophets also bring additional light and knowledge into my life that I treasure.

How I live my faith

In addition to trying to share the gospel with others, I do my best to offer service to all those who are in need, whatever faith they may be of. Like many Christians I pray, read my scriptures, and attend church in seeking guidance from God through his appointed servants. I particularly enjoy studying the scriptures and trying to learn everything I can, however obscure or seemingly unimportant it may seem-something that carries over into other interests that I have. I also strive to live in accordance with the standards the Lord has shared with us through his prophets. This really taps into my lifestyle, including doing my best to be a loving son, brother, brother-in-law, and uncle-which isn't hard, because I've got great parents, sweet siblings, a couple of awesome brothers-in-law, and an adorable niece and nephews. I'm also trying to live in such a way that when the time comes for me to be a husband and father I will be one whose example can inspire and uplift others. In this I strive to follow the counsel of God's servants, such as when James in the New Testament said "...faith, if it hath not works, is dead..." (James 2:17). As such I see my faith as something that requires action-not that I can work my way into heaven, but that my actions are how I show my desire for the gift of God's forgiveness and grace in my life. The scriptures say it is a free gift, but no matter how free it is a gift doesn't do me any good until I reach out and take it and show that I'm willing to let it change me.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Yes, it's true that He appeared somewhere in America. The Book of Mormon contains an inspiring and beautiful account of the Savior's visit to faith-filled people who lived here, the ancestors of the Native Americans. It is a testimony of the great love the Savior has for all of God's children, that He would come to visit His "other sheep" who were not of the fold of Jerusalem and the surrounding area. The account of this visit also contains many of the Savior's teachings that He shared with His apostles and disciples in mortality, which He then shared with those who believed in Him here so that they could know better how they might follow Him. In visiting these people, the Savior organized them as He had His disciples in Jerusalem, and taught them the proper way of performing baptism, administering the sacrament, and other important features of His church. Slight variations appear between the Savior's words to these people and the Sermon on the Mount He gave in the Old World, but this is a result of timing. In the Old World, the Savior spoke before He had fulfilled His great mortal mission and performed His sacrifice; when He spoke to the people in America, He had completed that stage of His work. He also performed many miracles of healing the sick, blind, deaf, lame, and raising the dead, just as He had done in the Old World. One of the most beautiful parts of this account is when the Savior, as He had done among the Jews, took little children and blessed them one by one. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Joseph Smith was a man who was raised in a good Christian home and who had great faith in Jesus Christ. Growing up, he looked around at the various denominations and was confused as to where he should turn, for he knew that there was meant to be "One Lord, one faith, one baptism" (Ephesians 4:5). He prayed to know which Church, if any, he should join, and God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him to answer his question. They called on him to restore the true Church of Jesus Christ, which had been lost from the earth in the confusion and wickedness of the Dark Ages. You may wonder how you could know whether Joseph Smith truly was a prophet like Moses. Well, the Savior himself gave the answer in cautioning his apostles about false prophets. He said to them "Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?" (Matthew 7:20). Just as this formula allows us to identify false prophets, it also helps us to recognize true prophets by their fruits: the things that they do and put forth. It's simple: examine Joseph Smith's fruit-especially the Book of Mormon-and then ask God if it is true. I promise that He will answer you. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The Atonement was the act in which Jesus Christ-using his unique and inherent powers as the Son of God-paid the price for all of mankind's sins and made it possible for us to repent of our sins and return to live with our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ. He gave his life so that he could break the bands of death, making it possible for all men to be resurrected as he was so that we may all live again. However, in return for his sacrifice, he asks that we show our love and appreciation for this act-something we can never repay him for-by keeping his commandments, including having faith in him, repenting of our sins, being baptized, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end so that we can be saved. Show more Show less