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Hi I'm Jared

I am a BYU student, a loving son, future husband and father, a musician, an athlete, a teacher and inspire-er, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a family of 10 children and I am number 8 in that lineup. This one factor has shaped me in more ways than I can describe in 1500 characters. I attribute everything good that has happened in my life and all of the struggles that I continue to have in my life to being from a family of 10. I love music, sports, the outdoors, BYU Football, and my family. The hero and champion in my life is my Dad. I don't know of anyone who I aspire to be like more than my dad. He is the wisest and the most knowledgeable person that I know. More than anything, I want to be a man like he is and provide for a family like he has. I love to be with my friends, to improve in all aspects of my life, and to be in the outdoors. Hiking, fishing, boating, swimming, tubing, camping, and working are all activities that I love to do in the outdoors because of my growing up in the Inland Northwest and because of my experiences in becoming an Eagle Scout. The pinnacle experience of my life was serving a two year mission in Baton Rouge Louisiana. I loved every second! I learned how to be a better person and a better man. Everything good that has happened to me since then has happened because of the mission.

Why I am a Mormon

Many people dont know this, but even the people born into the Mormon Church have to find out for themselves if it is true or not. They do that by reading the Book of Mormon and praying about it to find out for themselves if the book is true. I had to do the same. I have read the Book of Mormon and have gained a testimony of that book through prayer. I asked Heavenly Father if the Book of Mormon was true and I know that my prayers were answered. I also know that because the Book of Mormon is true, Joseph Smith is a prophet who translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God, and that through Joseph Smith, God has restored his Church to the earth once more. Life is often full of trial and tragedy, but I know that because of this faith and the testimony that I have in Jesus Christ, that I can overcome anything and be happy because my Savior has already suffered for everything that I could ever go through. I know that our Heavenly Father loves each and every one of us with a perfect love, and we can all return to live with him again because of the grace of Jesus Christ. I know that anyone can know that this is true through sincere prayer and through the power of the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

When I was younger, I lived my faith because it was what my family did, it was what my brothers did, or it was something I did because of the friendships that I developed in the church. Now I live my faith because I know it is true. Its something that I always want to do and want to be a part of. It is something that has to be worked on every single day of my life. People often say they live their faith by going to church, reading the good word, participating in Sunday school, or giving offerings to the church where they attend. While all of these activities are noble efforts, the way to truly live your faith is by what you do and say each and every day. True faith is lived as we follow the example of Jesus Christ and do our best to serve him throughout all of our lives. Now, saying that I do that is one thing and trying to live it is another. Everyday I make mistakes and sometimes it is hard to be exactly obedient to the principles found in the faith, but the best part about all of it is that through the atonement of Jesus Christ we can all improve, learn, grow, and change. Through Christ we can change into something better! Christ provided that change through the atonement and I know that as we access the atonement of Jesus Christ we can become the happiest people on the face of the earth. :D

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jared
The short answer is no, not all are required to serve missions. However I can say from experience that a mission is one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. I know that those who serve missions are soo blessed from their efforts. I know that I have been. Missionary work is the greatest work on the entire face of the earth!! Show more Show less