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Hi I'm Jared

I'm a father to three boys and a daughter, married to a beautiful woman, I live in Idaho and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small (primarily LDS) community in Eastern Idaho. Growing up in a such a beautiful part of the country, I gained a healthy appreciation for the outdoors and all that it has to offer. My father farmed while I was young and I learned how to work along side him. The importance of work was instilled in me from a young age and prompted me to try a lot of different occupations in my younger years. I painted houses, worked in a potato processing plant, worked as a butcher and even spent time as a radio DJ in college! After high school, I served a full time LDS mission in Sydney, Australia. I grew to love that country and its people in the time I spent down under. My testimony of the church was cemented through my missionary service. Upon returning from my missionary service I attended college in Utah and that is where I met my wife, Sheri. Sheri and I have been married now for 15 years and have been blessed with four wonderful children including our most recent additions, twin boys! The last two years since the twins were born have been quite a ride, to say the least.

Why I am a Mormon

Members of my family that immigrated to Idaho in the late 1800's and were introduced to the Mormon Church at that time. My paternal grandmother was the "rock" in my family when it came to the church and its importance in our lives. I lived on "borrowed light" for most of my life not really knowing what I believed. I heard people in my family talk about the importance of the Gospel, so I took their word for it. It was not until I left home and headed to college that I realized I needed to know for myself if the Mormon Church was true and that I could no longer rely on the faith of other people. I decided at that point to put my education on hold and serve a mission. The preparation for my full time mission and my subsequent service in Australia gave me the perfect opportunity gain my own testimony and form my own opinions on things of a spiritual nature.

How I live my faith

My current work in the church is acting as an advisor to the young men in the local congregation. This primarily takes the form of gospel-centered discussions/lessons on Sundays on a variety of topics. I feel that teaching our youth the principles of the Gospel is time extremely well spent. Our society today is so course in nature and the things of God are being pushed to the fringes. With this being the case, weekly spiritual instruction becomes very important for each of these young men.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Most definitely not. As all followers of Christ, Mormons are encouraged to reach out in acts of service to whoever is in need, inside or outside of our own faith. Members of the church are always willing to lend a hand in their community. Show more Show less