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Hi I'm Jared

I grew up in the Bitterroot Valley and I played for the Bitterroot Rugby Warriors. I am a LDS missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a full time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Before my mission I spent my time working at a dry wall company. My job was to stock sheet rock into buildings so they could later be hung. Before I worked at this summer job I spent my time trying to graduate from high school. I did my best to graduate with honors and did so. During my high school years I played rugby for a rugby club. We took state on my senior year, it was the second year since we started the club. We progressed fast, or we were really lucky. About the age of eleven I was pulled out of school by my parents to be educated at home, but things didn't go as plan. I only got a little tast of education in the five years I was out of school. My reading wasn't as good as I'd liked it to be and my spelling was terrible. I spent those five years working with my dad and living on a conservation farm. I worked in gardens and did all the work that was necessary on a farm. My family did not stay, they decided to move out of the state and live some where ease. I didn't leave, my home was there and I did not want to leave it. Besides I was already back on my first year of high school when they decided to leave. I spent most of my first year of school on my own. I lived in this earth ship home, made out of tires, hay bales and concrete. It had no electricity or pluming; I used my neighbors house to do all indoor needs. But soon an LDS family knew my life style and took me in their home.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a fundamentalist group, I grew up with a little sense of my God and my knowledge of the gospel was very little. I always knew as a kid that there was something important, some purpose, and the knowledge I had of my existence wasn't saticfiying my ceriosity of what I was really all about in this life. But at that time I wasn't cerious enough to look for any answer. My family moved away from this fundamentalist community and started their own life style some were ease. I kept on growing up unsaticfied with the way I was living, I felt like I was looking for some greater purpose to life then I already had knowledge of. My Grandma who was also apart of the fundamentalist group left that set just recently to attend the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She encourage me to attend with her and Grandpa. I did the coming Sunday and when I entered the doors of the LDS building, members made me feel very welcome and took me in as if I was already loved by them before, and I felt like they cared about me, I felt so happy as I went to the meetings and listened to the teachers speak and teach about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I felt something special there like a calmness and a peace of mind as if the world out side didn't matter, didn't excisted, I had such great joy. But I didn't know what this meant or what it was. So I kept on going back again and again for months and then some one told me about the Holy Ghost and how it testifies of truth. And I knew right then that what I was feeling all those times as I attended the LDS Church was the Holy Ghost testifying to me that what I was hearing was true and what I was doing at that moment in time was the right thing to do. But that wasn't enough I later exercised faith in Christ and asked Him if the the Churh of Jesus Christ of latter-Day Saints was true. And thats where I felt a powerful influence in my heart and I knew it was the Holy Ghost testifying that the church was true. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This means I devote two years of my life inviting others to come unto Christ by faith in Jesus Christ, and repentance, and baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. I am a teacher to those who look for truth, I seek out those who are in spiritual need, and I share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I also help those that are in need of service. In every day of my life I try to develop the Christ like attributes that the Savoir taught us to be like. I try my best to do the things the Savoir taught us to do by exsample. I set time apart to the studying of the scriptures and to the teachings of Jesus Christ and His servents the Apostles and Prophets. Instead of just trying to do good things for others, I try as well to incress my desires to be a better person and to gain righteous attributes like; charity, kindness, faithfullness, diligence and many other Christ like attributes. I have found the gospel of Jesus Christ and have come to love and live it in my every day life, it brings the greatest measure of joy that anyone can possibly have and now that I have tasted of this sweet and precious fruit, I want to share it with others. Because I have lived for a time with out it's influences and now I have it, I couldn't imagine a better way to live. And I know that there are people who are living out their lifes without the blessings and joys of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I want them to experience the blessings that I've had. Well this is how I live my faith; in a nut shell I'm trying to be more like my Savoir Jesus Christ in every aspect of my life and to aline my will with His.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Jared
An Old Testament prophet named Malachi taught us that if we do not give the money that is owned to the Lord then we are robbing God. The Lord commands that we only give a tenth of what we own to the Lord, That is so small compared to what we receive back from our Heavenly Father. Malachi also teaches us that the Lord will bless us with a blessing that we won't have room enough to receive it. God even challenges us to prove him to see if he does not pour down a blessing that you won't have room enough to receive it. That is also taught to us in the book of Malachi. We call this whole paying a tenth thing "tithing" which means "a tenth." The law of tithing has been a around since the time of Adam and Eve. Even Abraham payed tithes to Melchizedek, an Old Testament High Priest. It's not the leaders of the church who ask for the 10%, it's the Lord. I know from experience and faith that we do receive blessings. And those blessings can come in many ways more then I can number, but for example; we can receive temporal blessings, such as for finances or for food, clothing or work. We could receive spiritual blessings, such as an ingress of faith, testimony or knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ or of the Saviors love for us. They could be little things that mean a lot to you, they could be big things that change you for the better. Tithing is not a law of money or finances, it's a law of obedience and sacrifice to Gods commandments. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Jared
We baqtized our new members because Christ taught us by example that we must be immersed in water and taken up out of water by some one who holds the authority to baptize. Just as John the Baptist had the authority to baptize. Baptism is symbolic to Jesus Christ death; Christ died and was buried and he rose up the thrid day with a perfect immortal body of flesh and bone. Christ mortal body was renewed into a glorified perfect immortal body after his resurrection. Baptism is symbolic to Christ death and resurrection, when were baptized we are buried under water and then raised out of the water with a clean new start. We are cleansed from all of our sins and iniquities. When we perform a baptism we are also making a promise to our Hevanly Father that we will obey His commandments and always remember Jesus Christ and do what he has done, in turn the Lord promises us that if we keep our promies then He will bless us with forgiveness of our sins and the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. The companionship of the Holy Ghost can only come by proper baptism. This is why we baptize, because the Lord cammanded it. Show more Show less