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Hi I'm Jared

I graduated from BYU and then worked for the Boy Scout of America for 35 years. I enjoy serving other people and I am a Mormon.

About Me

Twelve years ago I received a new heart. My heart was from a 16 year old boy. It was not too long after I received my new heart that I was contacted by the mother of my donor. At first I was a little concerned and then she told me in a letter that she had something that belonged to her son that she wanted to give me. I wanted to meet her too, and thank her. About 6 months later we meet for lunch and we talked for awhile and my wife told her that I had been a Professional Scouter and she said now I know why I have brought you this gift. She handed me a small paper bag; and, in the bag, was her son's Cub Scout shirt. I about fell over. That was a very emotional moment for me. I have lived these last 12 years as though they were a bonus to my life. They have been wonderful. My wife and I have 12 grand children and I have loved watching them grow in their lives. Two of my grandsons are Scouts. One is a Cub Scout and the other just earned his Tenderfoot rank. I served an LDS Mission in and around Chicago, Illinois. I also served in the Air Force for four Years and graduated from College with a 4-year degree. I have worked for the Boy Scouts of America for 35 years and then retired just before my heart Transplant. I like to do woodwork, yard work and fish when I get a chance. I am in love with my wife of 47 years and we have 3 boys and 2 girls in our family. I love our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a Mormon. However, I did not always know that it was true. My family was not active. I would attend the programs for younger children occasiionally but when I turned 12 years of age, I started attending regularly on my own, mostly because of Scouting. My father died also when I was that age and so I would latch onto one of my Scout leaders and follow him and learn his ways. I guess you could say Scouting gave me a father that I would emulate in my life as a teenage boy. As I grew older and graduated from high school, my step-father wanted me to leave home, and so I enlisted in the Air Force. I was like a duck out of water my first two years because my religious values were different than the average GI, and then while I was stationed in Labrador at a radar sight I began to realize there was more to life than just hovering in nuetral and going with the flow. I was able to get rides down to the Goose Bay Labrador Air Force Base and I located the LDS Servicemens Group and started attending with them on a regular basis. That is where I first bought my own Bible and Book of Mormon. I was so happy to open that package see those beautiful books, they seemed to glow. I grew to love them and understand them. That is where it all began. I later discharged from the Air Force and left for a mission for two years and returned to attend a Brigham Young University. I graduated with a 3.0 average and a wife and one son. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has made all the difference in my life and I am certain none of my life would be the way it is now without it. I am so grateful that I have been able to continue to live my life these last 12 years after my Heart Transplant. What a blessing it has been for me,to have my wife and children.

How I live my faith

My goal is to be able to serve others! Since I was employed by the Boy Scouts I have served as a den leader, Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, District Commissioner, and Training Chairman. I have served as a leader of males of my age three different times, and I have also served as one of twelve that administer the LDS Church program in a multi-county area three different times and I am presently serving as such. I volunter and serve one day a week in the Spokane Temple and have done so for the last 9 years. Through Scouting I work with many different cultures and religions and enjoy it very much. I do not clasify people according to there religion but I treat others the same way I want to be treated. I also have whittled or carved small objects out of wood and have fished the ponds and lakes of this area. I have enjoy working in wood when I have time and have built cabinets and display cases for my wife and family.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

To give one tenth of my income is a privilage. The giving of a small sacrifice to the Lord has been done since the beginning of history throught the Bible from Adam on down. My life is blessed because of tything; many other Christian faiths also tyth and know the blessings that come into there lives both temporal and spiritual. I am a better person because of these blessings that have come to me. It is not the money that counts but my faith in giving that counts. The widows mite or the rich mans gold it makes no difference. Heavenly Father askes us to tyth so that he can bless us. Show more Show less