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