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Hi I'm Jared

I am a normal American guy and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am one of the luckiest guys alive. I have a beautiful wife and daughter, a great job, and I live in one of the greatest countries on the face of the earth. I was blessed to have grown up in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and after I learned of the truth of the church, I served a two year full time mission to share what I knew to be true. A few years ago, my six month four day old daughter died. She had been sick and so I knew that such an end was possible, but I hoped and prayed for the best. I tried to stay strong after her death, but I found it very difficult to do some of the simplest things in life. At times I felt as though there was nothing that I could do that could make it feel alright, but one day, when I had nearly hit my breaking point, I fell to my knees and prayed. I had been fixing a sandwich for lunch, and I was standing in my kitchen, but I felt that I needed to pray right then. So I dropped to my knees and began to pray. I felt what seemed like complete despair. I just was not sure what I was going to do.... I opened my mouth and spoke to my Father in Heaven out loud. As the first few words left my lips, I felt a warm since of peace come over me. There are no words that can describe the comfort that I felt sweep over me. I have always had a great belief in the power of prayer, but from that day out, I have had a completely different understanding. I know that God lives and that he answers prayers. Sometimes he does not answer as fast as we would like or in the way that we think may be best, but he answers them. I know that he lives and that he loves me. Because of my belief in him and understanding his plan for us, I know that I will be able to live with my little girl again someday. I have not lost her, I have just had to say goodbye for a little while. I would invite anyone that reads this, to learn more about becoming a Mormon, and then pray to God to know that what you have learned is true. He will answer your prayers if you pray with a sincere heart and real intent to know what is right.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have spent many hours praying and asking my Heavenly Father to know that the church in which I was raised was actually God's church her on this earth. I have great parents who taught me well, but I needed to know for myself that what I had been taught was not just a good church, but God's true church. Without telling you of all my experience, I can tell you this; I received an answer to those prayers. I am a part of more than just a good church, I am a member of Jesus Christ's church, which has been restored by him in this day.

How I live my faith

While I am young, I am a leader within my congregation. In our faith we do not get to pick which jobs we get to do or do not get to do, but instead we are called to serve by God in various positions. My "calling" is to work with several of the organizations within our church, but I especially love working with the youth. I get to go on camp outs with the Boy Scouts, work with the elementary school age children on Sundays and many other groups. This all takes a great deal of time, but I know that I am blessed to have the opportunity to serve. To be a Mormon, there is a different level of committment than you might see in many other faiths. We are expected to do all that we can to help others and many times this means serving in positions that may stretch us personally. Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints "is not a spectator sport," nor can you stand on the sidelines. We are a church of faith and ACTION.