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Hi I'm Jared

I'm an attorney by day, a law professor by night, and a family man 'round-the-clock. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a partner in a boutique estate planning law firm by day, a tax law professor by night, and a husband and father around the clock. That doesn't leave much down time, but it fills my weeks with interesting challenges, learning opportunities and fun experiences. My greatest joy is my family--my beautiful wife and children. I love weekly date-nights with my wife and monthly "daddy-dates" with my kids. I enjoy cooking Brazilian feijoada (black beans and rice), reading biographies, taking road trips, telling bedtime stories and talking with family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a large, boisterous family. The potpourri of personalities and constant commotion could have fractured many marriages and splintered some families. But, my father's indomitable spirit and my mother's quiet but ceaseless sacrifices formed us into a close-knit family unit. To this day, my closest friends are my siblings; and I love seeing my children grow up with close ties to their cousins. Looking back, I know that my parents could not have succeeded without the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. They sought for Heavenly Father's help in their lives, tried to keep His commandments and trusted in His promises. Daily family scripture study and prayer, regular family meals, and a weekly family night together were always part of the hubbub of our home. Now my wife and I have a boisterous family of our own. And, despite the modern erosion of family values and family time, I am confident we can have a happy marriage and a strong, united family. Some say the world has more trials today than ever before. Perhaps so. But, the gospel of Jesus Christ is a sure anchor and a safe harbor in every storm of life. And with these inevitable storms, I find greater appreciation for the faith and values I learned from my parents and now strive to teach to my own children.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite experiences has been to serve as a volunteer teacher of early-morning scripture study classes for high school students. I love helping youth to develop their own belief in God and recognize His kindness and blessings in our lives--in the big picture and even in the little details. By this, I also hope to show my gratitude for the people who helped strengthen my faith and shape my life when I was young. The scriptures are full of accounts of ordinary, flawed people, who accomplished extraordinary good in the world through faith to choose the right and repentance when they have fallen short. More than ever, youth today need more role models like these great men and women who lived the principles of prayer, honesty, morality, respect, service and work. I doubt I'll ever accomplish anything truly great in my life, but I hope that in some small way my life reflects my faith in God.