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Hi I'm Jared

I grew up without a religious foundation. Now, I know who I am, and I know God's plan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a happy husband and proud father of four children. I started my career as a pediatric nurse and now work as a hospital manager. I love my career because I get to serve others every day. I've always enjoyed sports, especially soccer and football. A few years ago, because I was an awful swimmer, I hired a swim coach to help me learn how to swim better. Now, I enjoy cross-training and participating in triathlons.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, my family didn't belong to a church or have any strong religious beliefs or values. When I was around 19 years old, I started to examine my life and ask myself, "Who am I?" and "Where is my life going?" At that time, I really didn't have a clue or a plan about where I wanted my life to go. Thankfully, I had a wonderful friend--Greg--who was a great example to me. He was fun, enthusiastic, well respected, and seemed to have more direction and purpose in his life. I recognized he had something I didn't have. Greg belonged to the LDS church and he started taking me along to different activities. I was impressed. I started to feel that Heavenly Father really did exist and that I was his child and that he had a specific plan for my happiness. After attending church for several months and meeting with two 20 year old missionaries to learn the basic doctrines, I was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was the best decision I've ever made.

How I live my faith

Being a "Latter-day Saint" is definitely a life-style of striving to be like Jesus. Of course, I fall short every day! But I've come to experience that if I consistently study the scriptures and stay close to my Heavenly Father in prayer and strive to live by His commandments, I feel His love more fully in my life. And when I feel close to Him, I naturally want to serve, be kind, and reach out and make a difference to those around me. I'm grateful my Heavenly Father and His church have high expectations and give me opportunities to serve. I have the privilege of preparing and teaching a class of men in my church about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I also help organize fun activities that help bring our members and neighbors closer together. Most importantly, I try to be a loving husband, a patient father, and a good example to my family.