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Hi I'm Jared

I'm a law enforcement officer and attorney. I run, cycle, and climb mountains. I'm a husband and a father, and . . . I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First and foremost, I'm a husband and a father. The best part of my day is when I walk through the front door and see my wife and kids. As a law enforcement officer, I have experienced the some of the best and worst that this world has to give. I learned early on in my career that I have to decide how I let my job affect me and my family. On one hand, I have an extreme sense of duty that motivates me to train hard and be the best I can be. On the other hand, I have found that it is just as important to maintain a sense of balance in my life. Some of the ways I do this are through running, cycling, and mountain climbing. I love training with my wife. Whether it is training for a half marathon, climbing Mt. Rainier, or just hitting the road on our bikes, the most valuable part for me is the incredible opportunity I get to share these experiences with her. When people find out that I am an attorney, they often ask why I don't actively practice law. I usually respond by asking them if they have ever practiced law and explain to them that it really isn't that exciting. While I still enjoy a good legal debate or researching statutes and case law, I am having too much fun enforcing the law for now.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in Utah. I was born and raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I've done everything a good Mormon boy is supposed to do: I earned my Eagle Scout award; graduated from LDS Seminary; served a two-year mission to Germany; found a beautiful wife and married in an LDS Temple, etc., etc. Now, I continue to serve in the church. Why? I've asked myself this very question over the years, and I found a passage of scripture that sort of explains how I feel about my faith and why I am a Mormon. In John chapter six, Christ feeds five thousand with five fishes and two loaves of bread. Then He walks across the sea to Capernaum. Many of the people follow Him, and He teaches them that He is the bread of life. Part of His sermon was apparently hard for some of his disciples to accept, because in verse 66 it reads: "From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him." Jesus turns to his twelve apostles and asks them if they too will go away. I've often found myself in situations where I've thought it would be easier to not be a Mormon or to just stop living my religion. It is in these times that I remember Peter's response to the Savior: " . . . Lord, to whom shall we go? thou has the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God." I am Mormon because I too believe in Jesus Christ, and I have come to know for myself that this is His church. Everything I do as a Mormon is centered on my relationship with Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Faith is a principle of action. As a Mormon, I try to act like a disciple of Christ in all I do. Obviously, I'm not perfect at this, and I have many areas in my life where my actions need improvement. Fortunately, I know that God is patient and will never give up on me. One of the most incredible aspects about the gospel is that we are all in the same boat. We are all imperfect people doing the best we can with the knowledge and understanding we have been given. Being a Mormon is truly a lifestyle - one that is filled with opportunities to serve others. As a Mormon, I have the opportunity to work with youth and adults in my local congregation (aka ward). Whether it is working with the various Boy Scout Units or the young women organization in our ward, I find it extremely rewarding to work with the youth. Their energy is contagious. Likewise, I enjoy the opportunities I have to work and serve with the adults in our ward. One of the things I love most about being a Mormon is the opportunity we all have to teach and uplift each other. I currently serve as a counselor to the Bishop in my ward. This puts me in a position to help run our ward and work closely with all of the organizations in the church. It has been a true eye-opening experience to see how much goes on behind the scenes - to see the great things individuals do to help others. The most important way I try to live my faith is in the things I do with my family. I love spending time with my wife and kids. I want nothing more than to help my children develop their relationship with God. This is not an easy task, but it is the most rewarding. I know it has been a good day when I go to tuck my daughter or sons in at night and they remind me that we need to read the scriptures and pray together. As adults, it is really easy to get distracted and forget what matters most.