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Hi I'm Jared

I am a father and husband, a wanderer by nature, and I understand what's so great about Texas. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First and foremost, I am a husband and a father. I have a great wife and three beautiful daughters. I grew up in Florida and loved my warm weather and beach-filled childhood, but as a natural wanderer I left home as soon as I could and headed off to live somewhere new. My studies, work, and travel have taken me to various places around the country and world and I can't say that I've ever been somewhere I didn't like. I especially like meeting new people and exploring new cultures.

Why I am a Mormon

First, because my parents and grandparents were curious enough to explore the Mormon Church. My grandfather, a perpetual cigar smoker and gifted gambler, had a friend who invited him to come to church . As he learned more about the gospel he started to make changes in his life and eventually he, and the rest of his family (including my father), became members the Church. Like any life change, he had his struggles, but he continued to try to live the truth that he accepted. Because of his legacy, I was born a Mormon. For me personally though it's a little more than that. While I was born and raised a Mormon, I am not a person of innate faith. As I started to grow and mature my natural disposition - that of a skeptic - led me to have many questions. As I addressed these questions head on and studied the scriptures, lived the principles that the prophets teach, and asked God what is true; my prayers were answered. So, I am a Mormon both by tradition and an active choice to follow, like my Grandfather, the truth that I have accepted.

How I live my faith

As a graduate student I had the opportunity to interact, almost daily, with about 70 classmates. We were individuals from different functional backgrounds and countries and we quickly learned some of these “defining traits” about each other. It wouldn't have been uncommon for someone to describe a classmate by saying, “Oh, Steve is a finance guy” or something along those lines. What I found interesting was that of all of the religions represented in our class, it was the 6 “Mormons” that were most well known for their religious beliefs. While I can certainly say that we were not perfect, I believe that me and my Mormon classmates were good examples of believers of Christ in the way we served and dealt honestly with others. Besides the public display of living my faith by striving to serve and be honest, it is in my home with my family that I have the most opportunities to live and grow my faith. I have a responsibility as a father to teach my children the principles that will help them become individuals that live by faith and help society (their brothers and sisters) at large. I strive to do this by trying to take time each day to read scriptures and pray. We also do this as a family and even though my oldest is only 3, she already has a good understanding of helping others and a belief that she truly is a child of God.