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Hi I'm Jared

I'm originally from Texas, I'm a doctor, a soccer coach, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I'm a husband, father, soccer coach, radiologist, wannabe athlete and wannabe gardener, and I enjoy being outdoors. I grew up in suburban Dallas/Ft. Worth Texas, attended college out of state, medical school in Texas, and residency in Oklahoma. Now I call Oregon home. I love my job, and some people think being a doctor is high stress, but it's easy compared to raising three children and trying to be a good husband and father. As I have progressed from athlete to has-been, I've grown to love coaching my son's soccer team, as well as enjoying the non-extreme sports of hiking, running, and biking as a family - although sometimes pushing two children in a jogging stroller up a steep hill feels a bit extreme.

Why I am a Mormon

 My parents raised me as a member of the Mormon church, but about the time I was turning 16, I decided it was time to find out if what they had always taught me was true. I started studying the teachings of the church myself, especially the Book of Mormon. I also began to pray regularly, every day and every night, and I tried to live what I was taught. Although I gradually learned and felt enlightened, I began to have an incredible desire to know, more than I wanted anything else in my life, if everything this church taught was true. After several months, my beliefs turned into a sure knowledge, thanks to the powerful witness of the Holy Ghost. It is hard to explain, but just as much as I know that the earth moves around the sun, I know that God, our loving Father, sent his son, Jesus Christ to be our Savior, that they called Joseph Smith to be a prophet, and that the Book of Mormon is true. That knowledge has completely changed my life.

How I live my faith

One of the best things about belonging to this church is the practical, daily influence it has on my life. Through daily prayer and scripture study, and weekly church attendance, I have learned to adjust the priorities in my life to focus on things that bring me great and lasting happiness, which include strengthening family relationships, helping my children learn and develop their talents, and learning to be unselfish within my own home, in order to make my family members' lives better. I currently volunteer as the president of one of the men's organizations in our congregation. One of my main efforts is to teach other young husbands and fathers what I have learned - that by unselfishly serving members of their immediate family, they will grow together in love and unity and learn that true happiness doesn't come from the store, television, or golf course, but rather from unselfish devotion to their families. I also try to emphasize what I learned from personal experience - that God can help us overcome the weaknesses and faults in our own lives and lead us to greener pastures.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Faith in Jesus Christ is the first and one of the most important principles of our doctrine, or teachings. It means more than just believing that Jesus Christ suffered and died for our sins. It means more than believing in His miracles and His teachings. It means that we believe that through His power, He can help us overcome our sins and weaknesses, He can help us achieve a forgiveness of our sins so that we are freed from guilt, and He can help us become much more than we thought or think we can be on our own.  Show more Show less