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Hi I'm Jared

I'm an electrical engineer turned attorney. I love sports, especially when my children are the athletes. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to the most beautiful woman in the world, and we have three awesome children. When I am not busy with my responsibilities as an attorney, I love to get involved with the family. As the kids get older it seems like we have an ever increasing number of activities to attend. Football, baseball, ballet, swimming, etc. Nothing is more fulfilling than watching my offspring accomplish great things at school and in sports. Sports has always been a big part of my life. I still manage to play in a local softball league. It may be D league, but that only because there isn't a lower league for people of my skill level. Football is my favorite sport, and I love to cheer on my college team. My wife is the best! She keeps everything running smoothly, even when I am working long hours at the office or out of town. She is a big reason why I try to be a better person. She is my angel.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, so that is a part of why I am a Mormon. My parents were not members of the Mormon church until after they were married with a couple kids. I am very grateful that the missionaries were able to find them and teach them the gospel of Jesus Christ. Although my family was Mormon, I still needed to know for myself. I didn't feel like I could serve a two year mission if I had any doubts about my faith. I spent a lot of time reading in the scriptures each day. Then one evening I knelt by my bed in the quiet of my room and asked Heavenly Father if the Book of Mormon was true and if Joseph Smith was a true prophet. I will never forget the warmth I felt inside at that time. I believe my prayer was answered, and the feelings I had confirmed what my parents had taught me was true. Beyond my upbringing in the Mormon faith and receiving an answer to my prayer, I see the great things the church teaches about families, serving others, being kind, and seeking after good things. I want my children to learn these things. I want them to serve others and try to make good choices. There is no doubt that the world has many temptations. I want my children to already know the answer when they are presented with choices of drugs or cheating on tests. I love that my family is eternal. Because of the blessings of the temple, I believe my family will be together forever, even after we pass from our life on earth. What a wonderful feeling it is to have a hope to be with my loved ones beyond this life!

How I live my faith

I work with the 16 -18 year old young men in my local congregation. I feel a great responsibility to be an example to them. I remember being that age, and there are so many decisions to make. I share my responsibilities with a handful of other adult leaders. Together, we try to encourage the boys to be kind and forgiving to others. We teach them about staying true to the standards of the church. This includes staying away from drugs and alcohol. We also teach them to avoid the evils of pornography and any other potential addiction. We also encourage the young men to serve the Lord on a two year mission. This is an amazing opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others. Without fail the young men return stronger in faith and with improved skills in managing their time. The skills and habits they pick up during their service will enhance their opportunities in college and in their careers.