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Hi I'm Jared

I'm a husband and father of two children. I'm a professional musician, a university music professor, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife, Jennifer, and I have been married for 15 years. My marriage and family are central to my life. We have two children, a boy and a girl who are 13 and 11 years old. I am a professional guitarist and composer and also work as a university music professor. In my spare time, I build guitars and enjoy flyfishing in the beautiful rivers and lakes here in British Columbia. My family and I enjoy canoeing, walking on the beaches here in Vancouver, and going out for a slice of pizza downtown. We recently went to London England on a holiday and this has sparked a real interest in travel in the family. Our dream is to visit France, Spain, and Italy one day. My wife worked as a geologist in the mining industry for several years before we were married. She and my son are deeply interested and excited by science, space, and the natural world. My daughter and I are more arts oriented and really enjoy art, cooking, music, and poetry. We are all voracious readers and love learning new things. We have a little cocker spaniel dog called Licorice who helps make life interesting.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate to be raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My father joined the Church in his early twenties and my mother was raised in the Church. As a young person, I attended church because that was simply what our family did. My parents are wonderful people whose showed my siblings and I through their kindness and service what it meant to be like Jesus Christ. In my late teens I began to question the things I had been taught by my parents. None of my friends belonged to the Church and it was difficult for me to find a reason to stay connected with my faith. I am grateful that my mother constantly encouraged me to attend my Church meetings and to read the Book of Mormon. After reading the Book of Mormon several times and praying to God to know if it was truly a book of divinely inspired scripture, I received a witness in my own heart that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was the right place for me to be. Now, many years down the road, I am very grateful for the church and its teachings. The Church strengthens me and my family and helps give direction, purpose and fulfillment in our lives. What I love most about the Church is that it provides me with opportunities to serve other people and to help them by sharing the knowledge, strength and resources with which my Father in Heaven has blessed me. The people I work and serve with in the Church are among the best people that I know. My association with them lifts and improves my life and brings me a lot of happiness.

How I live my faith

I serve in the leadership of our local congregation as a counselor to our Bishop. Serving in this calling has provided me with so many opportunities to get to know the members in our ward. There are a lot of administrative responsibilities associated with this calling, but I think the most important thing for me has been to come to know the individual needs and difficulties that people have. I have been able to help a lot of people when they really needed it, many times in very unexpected situations. These experiences have helped me to know that the Lord knows me personally and has called me at this particular time and place to serve my brothers and sisters. It is not always convenient or easy to take time out of my very busy life to help others, but I have seen that our Father in Heaven blesses me and my family in so many ways when I am faithful in His service. My Church work helps me feel that I am making a difference in my community and in the world.