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Hi I'm Jared

I am a Texan, a college football fanatic, father of five, and I am a Mormon!

About Me

I am a father of five children and have a Masters in Public Administration. I love college football and occasionally playing football with my friends. My biggest joy in life is hanging out with my wife. She's my best friends and the love of my life. I really enjoy watching movies, music, politics, and history. In fact, once I hear about something i didn't know in history I have to go and learn everything about it. I see history as a big puzzle piece and we're just one part of that grand puzzle and I love putting pieces of that puzzle together. Although I was not born in Texas, I find myself saying I am a Texan.

Why I am a Mormon

Why I am Mormon is a big question. I am Mormon because I prayed about it, the Lord answered my prayer, and I know it is where He wants me to be. Although I grew up in a home where my parents and siblings were LDS, I was unsure if it was right for me. I went to college and started dating a girl who was an active Mormon. She asked me if I would pray and ask if what I was raised to believe was true or not. I told her I would and I am so glad I did. When I went back to my apartment and prayed, I found out for a fact that everything I was taught growing up was true. Although that girl and I broke up, I owe her everything. My whole life changed because I asked God such a simple question: Is this the true church. He has worked a wonder in me beyond anything I could have worked in myself and I know He can do the same for ANYONE that truly wants to know. Although my experience was amazing, it is not what sustains my faith. Prayer, scripture study, and developing my relationship with the Savior everyday is what keeps it going. As I serve others I find my love for the Savior increase. I see Christ in my life as others take time out of their lives to teach me, help me, and serve me and my family the way He would. In the end, I find my faith strengthened through acts of love. Those are the things that keep my faith alive.

How I live my faith

After I was converted, I served a two year mission in Arkansas and have continued to share this truth I found with anyone that will listen. I currently teach an early-morning religion class to high school youth during the school year (I have been doing that for five years now) and evening classes to college-aged young adults. My wife and I love to work with the youth in our area. I find immense joy in watching those I teach develop or strengthen their relationship with Jesus Christ. It helps me focus on what truly matters in my life: my wife, children, serving those around me, and especially my own relationship with Christ.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Jared
First, we do NOT believe we can "work" our way to heaven. In the end, it is through the grace of God that we are saved. We believe that when a person accepts Christ and His doctrine, there is a change that occurs. That person will have the desire to follow the commandments because of their love for the Savior (John 14:15). Grace is the "enabling power of Christ". It is what helps us accomplish what we cannot do ourselves. We believe that a person has the responsibility to obey and keep the word of God. Unfortunately, we all fall short of being completely obedient to the commands of God. This inability to be 100% obedient keeps us away from the presence of God. As we repent, we are blessed with grace. We are saved only "through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah (2 Nephi 2:8)". Show more Show less