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Hi I'm Jared

I grew up on the Oregon coast. I served an LDS mission in Argentina. I work at Iowa State University. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife, Britany and I have 6 children. I love spending time with my family. We enjoy camping, biking, and working on our 1884 farmhouse. (We've mis-applied, sanded, re-applied, sanded, and re-applied again, a lot of drywall mud. As some point, Mrs. Danielson decides we've reached the point of diminishing returns, and paints whatever room we were working on. We then repeat the process in a new room.) My kids and I enjoy studying karate together. Not only is it a great environment to learn physical, emotional, and spiritual discipline, but we have found that it is a great family activity, something to work on together, and a lot of fun. Professionally, I do curricular assessment. People always ask me what that means. In a nutshell, I help our College of Veterinary Medicine gather all the information needed to guide curricular improvement (hopefully.) I also travel a couple of conferences every year to present about assessment, veterinary education, and related topics, and try to publish a scholarly article or two each year.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe that Jesus Christ lives, that he loves all of God's children on the earth, and that he directs the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I also believe that Jesus Christ holds the key of happiness for all of God's children. Some people find it hard to believe that there could be a God, that his Son could have come to earth, or that the actions of one perfect man who lived over two thousand years ago could influence everyone else who ever lived or would live on the earth. Some find it hard to believe that angels could visit men, or that God could speak with prophets. I don't blame them at all. The gospel can be hard to believe. However, I have had many experiences that convince that the gospel is true. I have prayed and my prayers have been answered. I have applied the teachings of the gospel in my life and have experienced the sweet results of doing so. I have fallen short, and felt the loving and forgiving influence of the Savior, giving me the strength to go on. I have been to the holy temple and felt the sweet spirit that is there. I have felt the reality that families can be forever; this is God's plan. I have rejoiced to be "sealed" with my family in the temple. I love being a Mormon too, because I love the fellowship in the church. I have lived in five states and two countries. I have known the friendship of church members in Oregon, Utah, Argentina, New York, Virginia, and Iowa. I have friends who grew up in the church, and friends who have only been members of a the church for a few months or years. They are all part of the gospel family. We have an immediate friendship brotherhood as members of the church. Wherever we live we can turn to each other for help, encouragement, and just enjoy each others' company.

How I live my faith

I try my best to do what I think Jesus wants me to do in my personal and family life. That includes being a good husband, dad, and friend, working hard at work, and keeping God's commandments. When I fall short, I try to do better. Right now my church assignment involves overall responsibility for the church within our "Stake", which includes 13 congregations. I often travel to visit different congregations, and do a lot of speaking. I participate in regular leadership meetings and conduct a lot of interviews with church members. I also plan and conduct regular conferences involving our local congregations. My friends ask me how someone can have a full-time job, a family, and serve in the church. I tell them that it is only possible because in the LDS church everyone voluntarily accepts assignments and works together. In my case, I have two counselors, a clerk and an executive secretary who work closely with me. They all work full time in their own professions (two are engineers, one is in IT, and one is in the pharmaceutical industry). They volunteer their time in their church assignments just as I do. Other men and women work with us who have accepted responsibility for specific areas of emphasis such as working with the youth, children, young adults, women, and so forth in our area. All of these men and women also have many other responsibilities outside of the church, but they cheerfully volunteer their time and talents. They are inspired, dynamic, fun people. Because they are all so dedicated and effective, it makes my my job easy!

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Jared
First, we all have inclinations that, if acted upon, will violate God’s laws. The Ten Commandments are not a list of things that only a few deviants would consider, but a list of temptations “common to man” as Paul put it. The struggles that bring us the greatest benefit are those that occur within ourselves. It is by the inner struggle that we follow the Lord’s commandment to become “even as He is.” Those who believe in obeying commandments have confidence in the value of this inner struggle because we have experienced it. I personally know those who choose to struggle against powerful inclinations such as same-sex attraction. They provide remarkable examples of inner strength. Second, the decision of whether or not to support same-sex marriage is often portrayed as primarily a question of tolerance. However, those who support the legalization of same-sex marriage request far more than tolerance – they request a formal legal endorsement of same-sex relationships. For many citizens, the central importance of marriage is not that it grants special privileges to people who love each other and have a sexual relationship. Rather, marriage emphasizes the obligation to society that comes with a relationship that, by its nature, produces children. To those citizens, marriage requires the investment of law because of its inherent and inescapable role as the fundamental unit of society. Show more Show less