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Hi I'm Jared

I'm a scientist, a woodworker, an outdoorsman, and a father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love learning. I am fascinated by learning about new and different topics and skills. I am a chemical engineer that plays the trumpet, piano and organ. I enjoy woodworking and gardening. I perform essentially all of my own auto maintenance as well as home repairs and renovations. When I encounter something new, I take time to research it out, learn the concepts, practice the skills and try to make it happen. I have learned not to be afraid of trying new things. And in learning new things, I constantly recognize a divine influence in the world around me.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I remember how important it was to my parents to pray, to read our scriptures and to attend our Sunday meetings. I remember gathering as a family each week to learn about our Savior and His gospel. Family was everything, and the Church and the gospel provided the foundation for what we were trying to build. As I grew, I relied heavily upon my family's belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I participated, learned, and eventually realized that I needed to discover the validity of the gospel for myself. Through prayer, I received a witness that it really was true, and that witness fueled by desire to share that with others on my mission. Now, I am a father of four beautiful children. I want nothing but the best for them and for my lovely wife. More than anything, I want to ensure that my relationships with them continue throughout this life and the next. I remember the strength the gospel provided to my family growing up, and now rely on that same gospel to strengthen, protect, and enrich my own family. I knew that my parents loved me, and I now want to make sure that my children know that I love them. The teachings of Christ drive me to be the best father and husband that I can be. A living prophet provides modern-day counsel and direction. Scriptures help me learn from the teachings of those who have gone before. I know the concepts are true. I know that if I follow the Savior's teachings that I and my family will be blessed. They work. And in a world with such uncertainty and doubt, the anchor of the gospel helps me provide the very best for my family.

How I live my faith

After graduating from college, I have had opportunity to work very closely with the youth in the church. I have volunteered as a Scoutmaster in the Scouting program for nine years - working with troops in Michigan, Connecticut, and now Georgia. I love taking my Scouts into the outdoors to learn and explore. We camp. We play. We cook. We eat. We canoe. We hike. We swim. And we serve others. I have great respect for them as they make their way through life's challenges and find meaning and purpose for what they want to do. I see tremendous potential in the youth, and hope each week to help them see the reason to be optimistic about their futures.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Baptism is an ordinance essential for each of us to return to live with our Heavenly Father. There are many who may not have an opportunity to receive the ordinance while living. Temples give us the opportunity to perform the baptismal ordinance for those who have passed on without it (see 1 Corinthians 15:29). It is another example of the beauty of the restored gospel. Show more Show less