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Hi I'm Jared

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and father of 1 girl and 2 boys, a Science Teacher in Tacoma, Washington, a mechanic, union carpenter, biotechnologist, nurse, and I enjoy mountain and road biking. I hope to be a doctor and to adopt children who are in need someday. I have lived in Japan, Canada, and the United States and will be settling permanently in Victoria, B.C. in the near future.

Why I am a Mormon

While I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I didn't always know the church was true and made some mistakes partly because of this. I was afraid to serve a mission since I wasn't able to say with certainty that I knew the church was True. One day when my life was in ruins, I prayed and felt the Spirit so strongly that if I would repent of my wrongs and become active in the church, All of my problems would be made right. I continued to pray and feel the Spirit so strongly for around 8 hours...it is something I cannot ever deny. I felt the Spirit that day and I knew that repenting and becoming active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was what I must do. It was a miracle that all of my problems were indeed made right and I am infinitely happier because of this change in my life. I testify that this is the True Church of God. I witnessed the Spirit that day and cannot deny that I know the Church is True.

How I live my faith

I live my life with integrity and doing good works everyday. In all of my labors in industry, I have always striven to pick occupations that will truly do some good in this world instead of jobs that make profit without truly providing a needed and worthwhile service. I teach the men of my ward lessons about latter-day revelations and counsel for our times. In addition, I volunteer twice a month to teach with the missionaries about the church to people who want to learn about our church. I also visit with some families in my area to offer service and teach them the latest counsel that our prophet and apostles would have us hear. In the home, I spend many hours with my little ones and wife. It's nice because they are still so little and we spend many hours each week on family activities and learning as a family. I can promise that it has been my experience that this time has helped my family to be extraordinarilly successful. My two older children have both skipped a grade due to their talents and knowledge that I know is attributed to the time I have spent playing with them and teaching them how to read and do math as well as how to work and build buildings and other projects and how to fix cars.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Jared
Attending church is a weekly activity where we remember Jesus Christ through taking the sacrament. We also learn how to live our lives to be happy ourselves, to have happy families, and to spread that happiness to our communities and the world. Attending the temple is an activity performed when feasible but recommended to attend once a month or more if possible. In the temple we perform baptism for those who did not receive a chance to be baptised in this life. As the apostle Paul said: "One faith, one church, one baptism" and we ensure that all people who have ever lived on the earth have that chance. However, we also perform endowment ordinances and sealing ordinances to promise great blessings and to seal the husband and wife for eternity as well as their children so that wonderful family relationships can extend beyond the grave so long as we live worthy of those gifts and blessings. We also learn things of heaven and God in the temple. Show more Show less