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Hi I'm Jarred

I'm a computer geek. I love biking, hiking and camping. I'm a technical writer. I'm a husband and a dad. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a professional computer geek--literally, I get paid to test and write about the latest computer hardware and gadgets. I'm lucky in that I get to do something I enjoy, I work from home, and I get to spend a lot of time around my family. I also love getting out and going biking or camping, which is a great escape from the computers and cell phones that usually surround me. I first married at the age of 25, but things didn't work out the way I'd hoped. I eventually divorced, but thankfully, there's life after divorce. I met my current wife through an online dating service, and after a couple months of phone calls and daily conversations we finally met in person. I knew immediately that she was the type of person I needed in my life--stable and capable, fun, with a love of Jesus Christ and His Gospel. She also comes from a large family, just like I do, and meeting her siblings only made me love her more. We were engaged a couple months later and had a wonderful wedding and honeymoon, even if everything didn't go quite as expected. Imagine our surprise when we found out we would become parents again just over nine months after our wedding! We now have three children, though my daughter is only with us about half the time, and we are learning to love each other and growing old together. We laugh every day and I love watching my children grow up. I still like biking and our house is full of computer equipment, but I wouldn't change a thing!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm the seventh of seven children, all members of the LDS faith; even though our family had its share of problems--including a divorce and financial difficulties--I always knew that families were important. As we've all grown older, my family has increasingly become a source of strength and support, including helping me through a very difficult first marriage. Even though I was born into the LDS church, I've had my doubts and struggles over the years. During the years of my first marriage, religion became a point of contention--even though my spouse was also a Mormon, she never seemed happy with the church or her life. I still felt the church was true, but my choice was to either stick with my wife or stop attending meetings. When we moved to a new apartment, we never tried to find out when and where our new ward met. During the next couple of years I always felt like something was missing. When we lost our first child seven months into the pregnancy, I reached the conclusion that I had to change and bring the Gospel back into my life. That was a tough time, but even with all the difficulties of a lost child and a faltering marriage, the Gospel is what kept me going. I knew my Savior lived and loved me, and I felt that I just needed to learn some hard lessons to become the man I was meant to be. Today, things are a lot better in my life and my family. I'm certainly not perfect, but I'm trying to focus on what really matters--like spending time with my family and helping others. I have rid myself of some past addictions and am now trying to be the father and priesthood holder my family needs. The world around us continues to worsen, but in the Gospel I can find the truths and stability I need.

How I live my faith

My mom instilled a love of music into all of her children--or at least tried to--and thankfully she passed along her talents and passion for singing. I've been involved with every church choir where I've lived, initially singing as a bass, but then migrating to baritone and now tenor. I've held many callings, most recently, I've been asked to lead the Sunday School, which involves working with the teachers and other members. Besides music, my family has also been heavily involved with the scouting program over the years. My father and his brother both achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, and he and my mom both worked hard with all their sons to help us do the same. We now have two generations of seven men, all proud to say that we earned our Eagle Scout rank. Not surprisingly, every one of us has also been called to serve in the scouting program at some point--whether it be a cub scout Den mother, a Webelos Leader, or as one of the Scout Masters for the Boy Scouts. I love the outdoors and the beauty of the world around us, and getting out and going camping is a great break from my technology driven regular life. I've also served as a Sunday School teacher for the youth, which is a great opportunity to affect the lives of our rising generation. Hearing the things that high school students have to deal with today makes me feel I lived a sheltered life, but I try to help them gain their own perspective and understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and it's great to watch them grow and mature over time.