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Hi I'm Jared

I'm a dentist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have dedicated much time, effort, and training to become a dentist, yet I do not allow myself to be defined by my profession. More importantly I am a husband to an incredible wife and a father to four fantastic children. Though not thoroughly qualified, I have coached my children's basketball, football, soccer, and baseball teams. My hobby list is always revolving as I find new things weekly that I enjoy doing or trying. I have always loved the outdoor activities, especially waterskiing, swimming, and camping just to name a few. I also enjoy working with my hands to create. My most recent hobby trend is woodworking. I constructed a bed frame for our bed using a set of plans that I modified to fit my wife's desires.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon. My mother and father were Mormon. I was raised in a good faithful home where we tried to be obedient to God's commandments. However, we were not without challenges. I learned at an early age the importance and blessings of being a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1980 while at a family reunion my father and older brother (6 years of age) drowned in a boating accident. My mother was then left to raise four children on her own - my sister age 12, brother age 10, other brother age 5, and myself age 2. Such a tragedy brings difficult questions for a family that was trying to do what was right. We were honest with our dealing with men and with God, so why did he choose to punish us like this? Or was it a punishment? Through much time and prayer our hearts were healed by the Savior. When we started to serve others and not focus on our own tragedies, we were heavily rewarded. Not rewarded with riches of the world, but the riches that only the Savior can offer - peace, joy, and happiness. By the age of 8 I was traveling with my mother to share the story through word and song about the healing balm that was afforded to us after such a horrific experience. I continued to grow up and serve the Lord, choosing to serve a 2 year mission to the wonderful people of Argentina. This mission only confirmed and re-confirmed my feelings that the Savior is the only provider of true peace and happiness. Life still throws challenges and wrenches in even the best of plans, but through my testimony I can tell all that the Savior has guided me and will continue to guide me as long as I am faithful to my promises that I have made to Him.

How I live my faith

I have spent the last seven years working with the young men in our church ages 12-18 to help them become outstanding men who contribute meaningfully to society. I live in a small community of about 15,000 people so every action, good or bad, is noticed and noted. We are heavily involved with the Boy Scouts of America program and are continuously working on different sets of skills to help them achieve the highest rank of the scouting program, being Eagle Scouts. Accompanying the scouting program is an equally important aspect of learning their duty to God. Finding this balance is a continual process that teaches the young men how to learn their responsibilities, act according to what they learn, and to share what they learn with others. Raising children and young men is an increasing challenge as they are constantly bombarded with many more challenges than what I was facing at their age.