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Hi I'm Jared

I'm a daddy, a kid, an optimist, and a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and father, and I love spending time with my family. I didn't get married until I was 30, but it was worth the wait. I used to work in computer networking, but I went back to school for a master's degree while working full time in 2009. Now I work managing a medical clinic for a community hospital. I enjoy riding my bike, experimenting with food, and watching movies. I'm an optimist and a bit of a thrill-seeker.

Why I am a Mormon

I've always believed in God. Growing up, I accepted intellectually the concepts taught at church. It mostly just made sense to me. Then, as a teenager, I came to realize that I wasn't sure if I was just accepting what I was taught, or if I had my own faith. I took time to read the Book of Mormon, which is the proof of our religion, and prayed to ask God if it was really a true book inspired by Him. I recognized the feelings that came from the Holy Spirit as a confirmation that it was, and that this was the correct path. Because of that spiritual confirmation, I felt the desire to dedicate two years of my life as a full-time missionary. I served my mission in Guatemala, and came to really appreciate the answers that the gospel of Jesus Christ provides in daily life for all of God's children. I've felt answers to my prayers many times, and cannot even count the blessings that come to me as I strive to live the commandments. I know my family has been taken care of in miraculous ways because we have tried to do what is right, and follow the example of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

My faith completely shapes my life, and I know that I can consult with my Father in Heaven on any decision I need to make. To me, being Mormon is about a commitment to help and serve each other. I know that everyone is my brother or sister, whether they share my faith or not. When I'm doing what is right, I feel my faith increase, and can often feel God's love for each of His children, my brothers and sisters. I currently serve as a bishop (like a pastor), and I enjoy getting to know the members of my congregation. When I sit down 1-on-1 with people, we talk about real life struggles and challenges. I try to help them see that we all need the Savior's help and let them know that they are not alone. I also find it very humbling when I pray about specific individuals in my congregation and can know just what to ask them to do or what help to offer. There are some long, exhausting days, but somehow the Lord helps me through them. Sometimes I have to sacrifice time with my family, and other times I decide that I have to miss some church meeting in order to spend needed time with my family.