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Hi I'm Jared

I'm from Colorado and I love the outdoors. I'm a husband and a father. I create beautiful smiles. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have been happily married for 9 years. We have 3 little girls, who can be quite a handful at times, but I love spending time with them. I'm an orthodontist and I enjoy helping my patients and making them smile. When I'm not straightening teeth, I enjoy playing soccer, running, and spending time in the beautiful Colorado outdoors.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a teenager, I wanted to know for myself if the church was true. I decided to read the Book of Mormon again and pray about it. I knew that God loved me and I had faith that he would answer my prayers if I did my part to find out if it was true. I decided to start by reading Joseph Smith's account of what happened when he prayed to know which church was true. As I read of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ visiting him in answer to his prayer, I felt a flood of warmth and love pour over me. I realized that this powerful experience was the Holy Ghost answering my prayers, telling me that Joseph Smith really did see Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and that he was a true prophet, called of God. I realized that if Joseph Smith was a true prophet, the Book of Mormon must also be true, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints must really be the Savior's true church. I'm very grateful for this experience, but I have had countless other experiences since then re-affirming my testimony that this is the Lord's church. I later served a mission in Belgium and France, and every time I taught people about Joseph Smith's prayer to know the truth, I felt the Spirit affirming that it was true, and I know that the people I taught were able to feel the Spirit telling them as well.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon has blessed my life in many ways. It has helped me to understand the purpose of this life. It has helped me to have direction in my own life and find answers to questions that I have. It has helped me to find peace and happiness, and to share that peace and happiness with others. It has taught me the importance of serving others. I have served in many different callings through the church, including my service in the Boy Scouts of America. I enjoy interacting with boys and young men and helping them to develop skills and qualities which will help them to find success and happiness in life. I enjoy feeling like I'm able to make a difference in the lives of others. I also enjoy strengthening others and being strengthened at church through participation in church meetings and activities.

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes! The word Christian means "a follower of Christ." The name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Everything about our church is meant to teach us about Christ and help us to grow closer to him and to follow his example and his teachings. The Savior wants each of us to develop a personal relationship with Him, and His Church was designed to help us do just that. Is the Mormon church different from other Christian churches? Yes. We share many doctrines with other Christian churches, such as faith, repentance, and the importance of the Savior's atonement. There are, however, fundamental differences between our church and other Christian churches. The most important of these differences is that we believe Christ has restored his gospel and his church in these latter days and that he guides and directs his church through a chosen prophet and priesthood authority, just as he did in the times of the Old Testament and New Testament. Show more Show less