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Hi I'm Jaron

I am the bald father of 5 young kids and yes, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Mesa AZ in a large devout LDS family of 9. My parents have always set a wonderful example of service to God, family and their fellowman. To this day they continue to set a standard of service. I have long believed that if I were able to duplicate half of their successes I would be a happy man. Fast forward several years...As a 38 year old father of 5 young children with a time intensive job, I am humbled to learn that achieving these successes is not an easy task. I am 6 years into my dream job of being a family doctor. Building relationships and working with others to better their health is rewarding, challenging and always interesting. The hours are often long but I'm grateful I never dread going to work. I love adventure & the exploring the amazing things this world has to offer. I love backpacking, snowboarding, wakeboarding, river rafting, cliff jumping, scuba diving & triathlons. Travel, reading & college football also excite me but finding time to enjoy my hobbies is hard to come by. I try my best to provide a supportive & loving home environment while having fun and instilling values. I often fail miserably but continue to try.

Why I am a Mormon

By nature I tend to be a questioner. I am not quick to accept or believe things that are not tangible or lack solid evidence. While I believe this trait has served me well in my medical career, it made my personal quest for faith initially a struggle. While I always enjoyed my upbringing as a Mormon, I became internally conflicted as I lacked conviction of the gospel truth. In my late teenage years when it became critical to know for myself, I came to a major spiritual crossroad. One day after months of prayer and scripture reading I came across a passage in the Book of Mormon that changed my life. The prophet Nephi writes "For the fullness of mine intent is that I may persuade men to come unto the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, and be saved" (1st Nephi 6:4). Even though I had surely read this verse multiple times, upon reading it this time I felt something stronger, more peaceful than I had ever experienced. It was an undeniable witness from the Holy Ghost that what I was reading was true. If anyone ever needed persuasion to come unto Christ it was a hard headed guy like me. Since that day I have been blessed with other experiences that have guided me when I've come to other major life crossroads (ex. marriage, starting a family, employment, etc). I can now look back over my life and see that God has shown me His goodness/power in multiple ways. I know He is there. Of that I have no doubt. While I still lack physical evidence for my beliefs, the feelings and spiritual experiences are as real & tangible to me as anything.

How I live my faith

I am proud to be a Mormon. I am never ashamed to let a new colleague, friend or neighbor know that I belong to the church. I enjoy my interactions/friendships with those not of our faith. I tend to find more commonalities than differences and try to borrow from their goodness. I enjoy being playfully teased by coworkers for being the wierd LDS guy. Being an involved member of the church is a major life commitment. I love the quote from Joseph Smith about gospel sacrifice. He states, "a religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation". Living my faith means giving up a Saturday morning to help a family in need instead of watching college football. It means taking a meal to someone who is unemployed or listening/praying with those suffering. It means finding the time in an otherwise busy day to read scriptures with my children. It means being honest in my business dealings. In short, it means giving of my time to better the lives of others.