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Hi I'm Jared

I'm a lucky husband, and father of 3 wonderful children. I am an educator in adult education and live in North Carolina.

About Me

I am married to the love of my life, and have 3 children. I work in Adult Basic Education. I was born in Michigan, but grew up in California, went to college in Utah. I currently live in North Carolina. Life is an adventure, and our family likes to see where life takes us. I love to travel, and I love lounge around the house.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, and for years I relied upon the testimony of my parents to help my faith. It wasn't until I was on my mission in Argentina that I truly knew these things were true. As I served the mission, as I saw how the gospel changed the lives of so many people for the better, through the inspiration of the Holy Ghost I was able to know that the faith of my parents was true and right. Being Mormon helps me continue to grow spiritually and emotionally. Being Mormon spills into all of my life. I am Mormon because my faith makes me a better man, a better husband, a better father, a better employee, a better person.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by applying what I know to be true to my entire life. Being Mormon is not something I do just on Sundays at church, but it's something that I do all day, seven days a week. I know that the principles of the gospel have helped me in my education and in my employment. I have a successful job, which is extremely rewarding. By applying my faith to my work, I have been a better employee. My work is dedicated to those adults who have not completed their education. They have come back to finish their schooling, to better their lives. It is based upon the same Christian principles of forgiveness and redemption. People can change and be better. Life is a continual progression to be better, to realize our full potential as sons and daughters of God. By living my faith I know that I must be a good example for my children. To teach them to be good people. To love my wife with affection and sincerity. I leave work at work, and I dedicate my time to the needs of my family. The gospel has taught me to maintain a balance in life. I find great fulfillment in spending time with my family. I help in the church by teaching Sunday School for children from 8-11 years old.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Dressing for church, members wear their Sunday best. During church you will most likely see men wearing white shirts and ties, sometimes suits, or sports coats. The women usually wear skirts of modest length and fashion. Children typically wear their Sunday best as well. Mormons celebrate Christmas and Easter. These days are to celebrate and remember Christ's life. We remember his life, teachings, suffering, death and resurrection. Because Christ is the focus of these days, we center our activities around these beliefs. We also celebrate these days like the vast majority of other people. For Christmas we have the trees and presents, and carols, and all of the usual traditions. My family and I love to drive around and look at all the beautiful Christmas lights on peoples homes. For Easter we do the Easter egg hunt and Easter baskets. We also celebrate local and national holidays. Mormons here in the USA celebrate our 4th of July, while members in another country will celebrate their national independence days. We celebrate all other holidays as well from Memorial Day to St Patrick's Day. We celebrate birthdays and anniversaries as well. Show more Show less