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Hi I'm Jared

I grew up in Washington. I am the sixth of nine children. I have four children with another on the way and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First and foremost I am a husband and a father of four wonderful children, recently we found out that we are expecting our fifth. Some may call me crazy but I wouldn't have it any other way, it definitely keeps life exciting and there is never a dull moment in our house. Speaking of our house, we recently purchased a foreclosed home that has great "potential". So in my free time I am now learning to be a handyman extraordinaire. I am currently working for a construction company as a project manager. My duties at work keep me busy and always alert for the many things that can be thrown my way. But in the end it is always fulfilling to see a project complete. In order to stay grounded I try to play as much as possible; some of the things I enjoy are: spending time with family, going to church, getting into the outdoors, riding fourwheelers, Hunting (I wait with much anticipation for hunting season even morso than Christmas), riding horses, camping, softball, coaching and watching my son wrestle, watching football, and the list could go on and on.

Why I am a Mormon

When I tell people that I am the sixth of nine children, the question that almost undoubtedly follows is, "Are you Mormon or Catholic?" Yes I am a Mormon. I have had the blessing of being raised all my life as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. As a boy and into my teenage years I sometimes took for granted what it means to be a Mormon. I wanted to be obedient to my parents so I always attended church and other meetings like youth activities. I knew when I did I always felt fulfilled and like I was doing what was right so I kept doing it. When I was 18 or 19 years old I made the decision to serve a mission, it was at that time that I had to know for myself that I believed the teaching of the church to be true. I couldn't solely hang on to my parents beliefs anymore, I had to find my own beliefs if I was going to help encourage others to become a Mormon. I found out through prayer that the teachings that I had grown up with are true. I served in mission in the country of Peru and it was the best thing that I could have ever done in my life. I was able to dedicate myself to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and I recieved many blessings as a result of serving a mission. I was blessed by those humble people who showed me more love than I could have ever asked for. I learned things that I would not have ever been able to have learned had I not served a mission, those things are still practical in my life today at being a better father, a better husband and a better employee. Now as a father, I can help my children know for themselves that the teachings of the church are good and true by providing a home that is a shelter from the things of the world, a safeplace from the many things that are put in front of them in the media or at school and helping them to do things that will bring them fulfillment and happiness. It is through the gospel of Jesus Christ that I am able to truly find happiness and a balance in life.

How I live my faith

At church I have the responsibility of teaching the 16 to 18 year old teenagers. This calling is carries a lot of responsiblity because, like me when I was that age, it is a transitional time in a young mans life. The boys are getting their licenses so they experience a few more freedoms, they are making the decision to serve a mission and it is time where they are bombarded by the enticings of "worldly" pleasures. As a teacher/advisor the lessons at church help the young men to feel the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ and to help them want for themselves the things that will bring them happiness. Also, as part of the being their advisor I am able to participate in activities such as hiking, rock climbing, camping, boating, and many other activities that the boys enjoy.