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Hi I'm Jared

I was born in West Germany. I've been married for 18 years, have three great chilldren. I'm a psychologist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love music of all kinds. I wake up singing something new everyday. I prefer to sing Baritone but usually end up singing bass or tenor parts. I love it all! I have been married for almost 18 years. I have 3 children who I love to spend time with. We do a lot of musical things, play board games (mostly strategy), family activities like swimming, and video games for fun. I love to travel and we collect sand from every beach we visit. I have three college degrees that took me 11 years to compete. I had children almost the entire time I was in school. I’m now the teacher as well as a learner. I own an outpatient therapy practice, teach psychology classes at our local community college, and work with a wilderness program to help kids and families struggling with problems. Personally I enjoy playing racquetball, running in a local ½ marathon for charity, and being with good friends. We try to have friends over for Sunday dinner as often as possible.

Why I am a Mormon

I am the only member of my immediately family that was born after my father became a member of the church. I have been blessed to know about Jesus Christ and His restored Gospel my whole life. It was just a part of our family as I grew up. I remain a member because I have come to know my personal Savior, Jesus Christ. I have felt the power of forgiveness and His personal love for me. Though I have felt betrayed, confused, and unworthy at times in my life, Jesus Christ has allowed me to become better. I now pray with a deeper connection to my Heavenly Father because my relationship with His Son has strengthened. I used to be a member because of the tradition of my family, now I am a member because I love my Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

Right now I help keep the records of the ward. Years ago I had to move to another state without my family. I called up the local Bishop who recommended I talk to one of the members of the ward in which I wanted to live. I ended up staying with them for a time while I got established in my job and then bought a house. We keep records in the church to be sure to help each other and provide support for both spiritual and physical matters. Everywhere I go, I know there are great membes of the church I can meet that I can ask for help but also join with in helping others. Some of my closest friends started out as members of the church with whom I have served others and came to be true brothers and sisters.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

In our world today it may seem strange to want to donate 10% of my income to the church ! I actually don't see it as a donation but more as a privilege and a blessing. I believe what the Bible says about all that we have coming from God. He asks me to have faith in him and to give up on so little compared to what he has to offer me. Tithing is a principle as much about faith as it is about income. Faith is what God wants from me. Faith helps me to build my relationship with my Father in Heaven. I have found that when I stop focusing so much on what I think is important in life and allow God to teach me the real meaning of life, like income, prosperity, and abundance, that I am so much better off. It does not always appear clear based on the numbers, but the truth is God always supports us when we do what he asks. I know I have had more than enough for my family's needs to be met at times when the numbers in my bank account did not add up! As I have been faithful in returning to God what He asks of me, He really does "open up the windows of heaven" on my family and we are supported in our trials. When I think about it, 10% of income is small compared with having a close relationship with God. Show more Show less