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Hi I'm Jarom

I grew up in Japan and have lived all over the US. I'm a business manager, a husband, a father of 3, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in the US but lived in Japan from the time I was in kindergarten until I was 21. I attended a Japanese kindergarten, an international Catholic elementary school, and a high school on a US Navy Base. I enjoyed playing on the high school football team, acting in the drama club, and competing in debate tournaments. I DJ-ed a number of dances back then, and I loved music and dancing. I majored in economics and decided to pursue a career in investment banking on Wall Street after college. After 3 years of working 80+ hours a week, I decided that I wanted to find a better work / life balance. I took a year off to be a stay-at-home dad when my first son was born, and that was a wonderful experience. I then got my MBA and now have a job that allows me to spend time with my wife and three children. I still love football and music, and I even DJ a dance here and there.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always believed there is a God. Some people say they do not believe in God because they have not seen Him - because science explains what people anciently attributed to the works of the gods. But I believe in God. I have seen the beauty of His creations; I have witnessed His miracles; I have felt His Spirit. I know that He lives. Science doesn't replace God. It just helps us to better understand how He does things. God is our Father in Heaven, and He loves us all very much. He has attained eternal happiness, and He wants the same for all of His children. He developed a plan for us to come to this earth to learn how to be happy. It is not an easy process, but it is a necessary process. I understood the "Plan of Salvation" in theory when I was younger, but it was not until I became a father myself that I gained a greater understanding and appreciation for what our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ, have done for me, and how much They love me. I, too, want my children to be happy. I, too, have tried to teach them the right things to do in order to be happy. I love them, and want what is best for them. But sometimes, I must let them fail so that they can learn and grow stronger. Some lessons can be taught. Others must be learned through experience. It is hard to watch my kids suffer or fail. Life can be painful. However, nothing has brought me more joy than watching my children grow, succeed, and be happy. I am a Mormon because I believe that this is the true Church of Jesus Christ. The authority to lead His church has been restored and is held by a living prophet. I am a Mormon because I have read the Book of Mormon, prayed about it, and received a personal confirmation through the power of the Holy Spirit that it is true. I am a Mormon because I want to be happy, and following Christ's teachings and example is the only way to attain eternal happiness. I am a Mormon because I love my wife and my children and I want them to be happy; through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I learn to be a better father and better husband. I am a Mormon because I believe that families can be together forever, and this Church shows me how we can become a forever family.

How I live my faith

When I was baptized, I made three covenants with my Heavenly Father. First, I promised to take upon myself the name of Christ. When I was a boy, my father reminded me that I had his last name, and that what I did and said reflected upon him. I tried to remember that lesson. I loved my father and did not want to do anything that would tarnish his reputation. As a follower of Christ, I am called a Christian. What I say and do reflect upon Christ and His Church to which I profess to belong. I try to live my life accordingly. Second, I promised to always remember Him. It is difficult, but if we all asked ourselves the question "What would Jesus do?" before we spoke or acted, I know we would all make better choices. I am definitely not perfect. Most of my mistakes have come from doing things without asking myself that question. But as I learn and grow, I try to remember Him more, and as I do, I live a little better each day. Third, I promised to keep His commandments. Many people look at religion, and our church in particular, and think that there are so many rules. "How can one be happy when there are so many things you can't do?" Well, I like the analogy of traffic laws. The double yellow line tells you that you cannot cross it. You must drive to the right of it. But following that law takes away half of the road. "How much faster could I go if I could use the whole road? How fun it would be to experience the entire road?" Of course, by following that simple rule, I can avoid hurting myself and others. Commandments to some may seem restrictive. To me, they keep me safe; they keep me on the path toward eternal happiness. How do I live my faith? I live my faith by trying to be the best employee I can be. I work hard and try to treat others with respect. I live my faith by trying to be the best husband I can be. I love my wife, and I try to show her that in word and in deed. I live my faith by trying to be the best father I can be to my children. I volunteer at school, coach their sports teams, and spend time with them at home. I live my faith by serving in various capacities at church. I teach classes, visit other church members in their homes, and invite others into mine. As we love and serve each other, my faith grows . . . and so does my joy.