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Hi I'm Jared

I'm a musician and a student. I love to teach and, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a Music Education student, soon to be a music teacher and, hopefully, eventually, I would love to edit sound in the film industry as well. I'm getting married in a month and a half and am very excited for that. My finance lives a few hours away though, so it's rough not seeing her as often as I'd like. I've lived in California and North Carolina and several states in between have visited most everywhere else in the US. I love to travel and hope to, one day, see the rest of the world. I'm a musician and play trombone, guitar, piano, and whatever else I can get my hands on long enough to figure out how it works. I write my own stuff for guitar and love improvising on piano. I'm into a huge variety of music from Mozart to Motown to Metallica. I'm especially getting into country music lately, but I believe there's great music in all genres and enjoy the variety that's out there.

Why I am a Mormon

First off, my parents were Mormon, as were there parents and their parents parents and so on, some of my ancestors were among the first to join the Church after it was restored. Most of my close friends that are not Mormon have assumed that I'm just keeping up the family tradition or something like that. In someways, that may be true; however, I've had several experiences over the course of my life that have either solidified my belief, or have given me opportunities to step out of the tradition and be Mormon on my own, and not just as part of a family. One experience I recall was when I was just a kid. My parents gathered me and my siblings together and gave us each a candle. Mom and Dad had a candle as well. They each bore their testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and asked us to bear testimony of what we knew as well. I didn't have a lot of faith at the time, and I was young, but knew that God existed and that I was loved. I knew that Jesus had died for me. So I bore my testimony and lit my candle off of my parents'. As each sibling lit their candles off of my parents', the light in the room kept growing. My mother explained that each time we help someone else to follow Christ and believe in him, that light will continue to grow and that when we have children we should help them to gain their individual testimonies of the gospel. It was the first time that I realized that there were things that I knew for myself that weren't solely founded in my trust for my parents. I realized then, and a hundred times since, that the spirit can speak to me and let me know of truths and that i truly knew those few simple truths that I bore witness of then. The real test of that faith of course came when I was out of the house and no longer under my parents' guidance to make correct choices. There was a short time when I made a lot of bad choices, nothing serious, but little things that I thought then wouldn't matter. Mostly I was just lazy, and wasn't willing to do everything I should. Several factors came to play in getting me back on my feet and back on track, but the point is, looking back on times in my life when I've fallen short of everything I could be, times when the gospel wasn't at the center, I notice that those times are often filled with regret and frustration, whereas the times when I've chosen the Lord as my priority, I can look back and, though there are still rough times and heartache and all the other stuff that goes with life, at least I have no regrets, and all the difficulties I faced were so much easier to deal with when I lived the gospel consistently than when I didn't.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in many ways. One of the things that I like to do is indexing historical records, or preparing records so that they can be accessed and searched through electronically. This allows people who are interested in finding their ancestors to locate them much more easily and efficiently. I also sing in the choir and will sometimes even lead music for meetings. I also like to talk to others who have questions about Mormons and have spent plenty of time teaching classes for Sunday school. I read scriptures on my own and with my fiance and pray everyday as well. I try my best to live my life according to the things I learn and I study the word of God. I love to be social and so, I really like it when there's an activity or event that I can invite my friends to or help get read for. I love to use facebook, either by sending an invitation to the event, or posting it as my status. I use facebook to share my blessings and to increase awareness of my beliefs and values as well. There are so many ways I live my religion that I can't realistically list every single one of them, but I think the biggest thing I do is try to live an abundant life. I'm seldom down; I always try to live a good life and that is what the gospel has always been about, being really happy.

What is the Law of Chastity?

Jared
The law of chastity is God's law to protect families and familiar relations. It is especially concerned with the procreative power and things relating to it. It provides guidelines for youth and young single adults to protect them from situations and temptations in their relationships with the opposite sex. It also protects couples from infidelity. Guidelines include things like avoiding pornography, waiting until the age of 16 to begin dating, and such. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Jared
A young man named Joseph Smith was chosen by God and given instructions to restore the fullness of Christ's church on the earth. The word restore is used, because we believe that God's church, though at times not present in it's entirety, is consistent from Adam through today and will continue to be the same. Joseph Smith restored the church, but God started it at the very beginning. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Jared
Men and women are held equal in the gospel, but, even from the beginning, there have been different roles given to each gender. In a family, the husband and wife are most successful when they each are aware of what responsibilities they each have, which responsibilities they share, and which responsibilities their spouse has which they can support them in. The church functions similarly, but on a larger scale. The men, women, young men, young women, and children, all have different responsibilities and each organization helps and supports each other. The men hold the priesthood and therefore, it is sometimes assumed that women are treated unfairly, by those not familiar to the Church's organization; however, the woman's organization, called the relief society, is one of the most important and prominent organizations within the Church and has an increasing significance to the world at large. Women have dozens of opportunities to lead, teach, and serve, as do men, in every congregation throughout the world. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Jared
Let's start with the second question first. YES! We do believe Christ is the son of God. To answer the first question, we also believe he is the savior of the world, that he is the promised messiah of the Old Testament and that he is the redeemer of mankind. He, the Lord of the earth, condescended to our level and was born a mortal of Mary in Bethlehem. He lived a perfect life, teaching and establishing his church along the way. When he had fulfilled all else that was required of him in mortality, he suffered in the garden of Gethsemane and allowed himself to be crucified on Golgotha. On the third day after his death, he rose again, now perfected and immortal. He ascended to heaven and will come again to restore peace and perfection to the earth. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Jared
Well, it's fairly simple. Even though we are mortal, our spirits are immortal. Because of this, when we die, that part of us lives on. Jesus Christ, after living a perfect life, allowed himself to be killed. Because of his divinity and perfection, in a process that we don't understand, Christ was able to return to his body and his body was made immortal as well. Because Christ led the way, each of us will someday go through that same process and our spirits and our bodies will be joined forever. Those of us that have repented of our shortcomings will also have the honor of living with God and Jesus for eternity. This is what is referred to as eternal life. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Jared
Chastity is more than just not acting out sexual feelings, it is keeping your thoughts, appearance, and conversation free from crudity, suggestiveness, and immorality. When a person is immodest in their dress, language, or behavior, not only does it often mean their thoughts aren't free of such things, but it also makes it more difficult for those around them to keep their thoughts pure as well. Immodesty is most often targeted at gaining acceptance from ones peers, and therefore, ones peers also have the best affect on encouraging modesty. since this doesn't always, or even often, happen, parents can remind children that they represent more than just themselves, but their family and their religion. Also let them know that, whether it's popular or not, immodesty makes people uncomfortable, especially those that are modest them selves. The best people are attracted to those that are modest. Show more Show less