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Hi I'm Jared

I'm a runner, I'm a writer, I'm half-Dutch, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a mother from Holland so I actively claim to be Dutch even though I only have half of the blood. I've always had a creative mind, and I've come to have a deep love for writing short stories and novels. To me, writing is a way to just be myself without caring what anyone else thinks. I also love running long distances, staying healthy, and just being happy. I'm the one that's always smiling. I'm currently serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the North Carolina Charlotte Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

Being born and raised as a Mormon has the most profound influence on my remaining as one. What I love, though, is how I never have to take anyone's word for it. No preacher, no friend, not even my own family can really tell me what's right, it's all between God and me. My father always exhorted me to gain my own answers through my prayers, and through those prayers I have received a spiritual witness that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is God's kingdom once again restored to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith. It is the words of modern day prophets, and the words of the Bible and Book of Mormon, that have led to my deep faith in my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. It's a knowledge no man has given me, and the no one can take away.

How I live my faith

Living my faith begins with my everyday actions. Honesty means a lot to me, and so does trying to seek out others that I can just offer some sort of service too, even if it's just a smile. My faith means putting the needs of others before my own, and while that can be ridiculously hard, it's also brought me the most happiness.

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

I've noticed that as I've dressed up for certain occasions, I tend to feel better and even more confident in myself. When I'm dressed in pajamas all day, I feel lazy, and act accordingly. The way that you dress influences the actions that you make. Belief that the body is a temple and is sacred, and that intimacy is strictly to be between man and wife because of it's sacredness lead to the obvious conclusion that how we dress will directly affect our morals. Our dress will influence our thoughts, and thought dictates all manner of speech and action. You don't do anything you haven't previously thought. Whenever I've dressed up, to say, I find all of my behaviors influenced by it. I speak with more dignity and respect, both to others and myself. The inverse is also true. Immodesty leads to crude speech, and more suggestive behavior. And, at least in my observations, when those boundaries are crossed, people often begin to lose a sense of their self worth. That, in turn, leads to further mistakes. Therefore, it is vital that parents teach their children modesty, through word and example, and that we as individuals take upon ourselves the responsibility to show respect for ourselves and others. The shrill of suggestiveness is short lived, and leaves a hole that hungers for more. The confidence of modest dress and speech lead to greater happiness and confidence, for the individual, and for those around them, and leaves one truly fed. Show more Show less