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Hi I'm Jared

I was born and raised in the western USA by loving LDS parents with Christian values and a strong work ethic. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

What about me? I consider myself a fun-loving normal guy. I enjoy games (board games, computer games, rpgs, even zombie games... go figure). I also love reading (sci fi/fantasy is my fav), writing, singing (choral and show tunes--not that I'm that much good), acting (very newbie stuff such as church plays/musicals, but it's fun), and narration. I love racquetball and mountain biking. I like shooting guns. I consider myself a fairly competent chef and have fun making up recipes on the fly with whatever is in the fridge. My children aren't always so happy with my concoctions. Spaghetti squash and sprouts should be banned from all menus. I still don't like yard work or dishes. I've been happily married now since 1995 and I and my wife have three wonderful children (when they're not fighting and teasing). I went to college and have a BA in English. I've been doing Technical Writing for a living since 1998. Not all that glamorous, but I'm blessed to be employed.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon faith under parents who lived lives of faithful service to Jesus Christ. They taught me to pray. I believed, but I didn't know these things for myself. They taught me that I could ask God anything. As I've pondered, prayed, and repented of sins, I've come to know my Savior Jesus Christ, that His atoning sacrifice really exists. It brings peace and forgiveness to broken lives. God has a plan for us. I am a Mormon, because Mormonism makes sense. It teaches doctrine that doesn't exist in its entirety in any other religion. This religion answers the great questions: where do we come from, why we are here on earth, and what happens after this life? It teaches us that God, our Heavenly Father, is a perfect being. He loves us perfectly. We were created in His image. He has a perfect body of flesh and bones. He has a plan for his children, the human family. He wants each of us to grow and develop to reach our full potential, to become as He is, to be happy. Jesus Christ makes this possible; we will all live again after we die, and if we make the appropriate covenants, and remain true to God's commandments, we can live with God as families! These truths have been revealed by prophets. Prophets continue lead the Church today. God continues to direct this Church today. The authority for mankind to act in God's name, his priesthood authority, exists in this Church. You can know these things are true too by searching, pondering, and asking God.

How I live my faith

I begin the day with family prayer and scripture reading. My kids don't often want to get out of bed (some days I don't want to), but it's important. We try to get together once a week to hold Family Home Evening (short gospel lesson, a game, and a treat). I read and ponder the words of Christ regularly. I try to follow the example of Jesus by giving service to others. Simple things. Helping someone carry something. Saying I'm sorry. Giving a smile or hug. Sharing talents. I try to be a loving husband and father. That is my chief responsibility. I can always do better. There's much repenting involved. :-) I pay my tithing and other offerings freely. It's is a great comfort, and I know God blesses me for it! All members are asked or called to do a job in the church, termed a "calling". There's no paid ministry. We all volunteer. My current calling is to serve as a home teacher--meaning, I try to be neighborly and make sure those I'm assigned to are doing alright. I also serve as our Bishop's secretary, setting up his appts, managing mtgs, etc. I've had many different callings. I'm not perfect. What matters is that Christ is perfect, and His grace is a continual source of sustenance and aid. His grace has saved me and is also changing me, a little at a time, into a more Christ-like person. My greatest joy comes from helping others (although I constantly struggle against apathy, laziness, and fear, as many probably do). I love Christ and His gospel.