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Hi I'm Jared

I'm married to a wonderful woman, I'm a father of three great kids, I graduated from BYU, and I work in Solar sales. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love my family. Being a father brings me the greatest joy in this world. Kids are so much fun and I love being with them. As far as hobbies, I love sports, art, and traveling. I also enjoy film. I would love to make a movie one day. I have lived all over the USA as well as Hong Kong. I have worked in sales for the last 9 years. I love my country and am concerned with the problems we are facing. I am grateful for all the blessings in my life that I have been given from God.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because of the amazing joy and peace I have felt by following Christ's gospel. I have felt the Holy Ghost confirm to my heart the truthfulness of the principles that I learn at church and in the scriptures throughout my life. I have tried to strengthen my relationship with my Heavenly Father and my Savior throughout my life through prayer, scripture study, service to others, weekly church attendance and daily striving to obey God's commandments. As I have done so, I have felt true joy. Perhaps most importantly, I have developed a strong faith in Christ and his atoning sacrifice that allows me to be forgiven of my sins daily through His mercy, as I repent and strive to improve. I am so grateful for Heavenly Father's Plan. I know that the plan of salvation is true. God has prepared a way to return and live with Him again with our families for eternity. Through the atonement of Christ and by obedience to his laws and the ordinances of the gospel which are performed by those who are in authority to administer such rites, we can become clean and pure and worthy to enter into His presence. I know that the true gospel of Christ, in its FULLNESS, is found here in the church of Jesus Christ. His authority, organization and sanction resides in this, HIS, church.

How I live my faith

Each Sunday I attend church with my family. I attend Sacrament mtg (communion) where we remember Christ's sacrifice by eating bread and water. In doing so, we renew our covenants (promises) that we make with God when we are baptised. I also attend Sunday school where we learn from the scriptures, taught by members of the congregation. I also attend a meeting with all the men in the congregation where we learn how to better serve our families and communities through the power of the Priesthood (God's power given to men to do His work). Once a month, I visit a few families in our ward (church congregation) and take spiritual thoughts, lessons, treats to them. I try to serve them the best I can. Recently, I was given the responsibility to be an instructor in Priesthood meeting on Sundays. I teach principles of the gospel from a lesson manual and from the scriptures. We discuss families, faith in Christ, prayer, after-life, repentance, baptism, Christ-like attributes, fasting, healings, service, gifts of the Spirit, and several other topics throughout the year. I also go to the temple often to perform ordinances, like baptism, for ancestors who died without the opportunity to be baptised. In the temple, I can be a proxy for them so that they can accept baptism and the gospel on the other side.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Jared
Everyone who wants to have access to Christ's atonement must have faith in Him, repent of their sins, and accept his gospel through baptism and receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost. When someone joins the church, they need to recieve this ordinance. -What if I have already been baptised in my last church, do I need to be baptized again? Yes. Because baptism and other ordinances are so important, it is essential that the person performing that specific ordinance is sanctioned of God and has His authority to perform that rite. -Where does that authority come from? Didn't my pastor have authority? Priesthood authority is not earned through graduating from a college or seminary or even by a spiritual experience. Rather, it is given to him by the "laying on of hands" by those who already have that authority. That authority is only found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. - And where do they get their authority? From God. We can trace our authority all the way back to Christ himself! Jesus established his church and ordained his ancient apostles/prophets, who came back to the earth in 1829 as angels and ordained Joseph Smith, who then ordained latter-day apostles, who have passed that authority on, down the generations until the present day. Priesthood authority is the power to act in the name of God for the salvation of his family, including performing baptisms. It is given by the laying on of hands by one holding that authority and no other way. Show more Show less