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Hi I'm Jared

I grew up in a town called Kuna, I love the gift of laughter, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently nearing the end of serving a full time 2-year LDS mission in Colorado, I left on my mission shortly after graduating high school. Before my mission I was an individual that enjoyed all the arts, including music, painting, and theater, all of which I acted as an observer and sometimes as a participant (mostly in theater). I ultimately loved being with my family and friends. Being away from them for two years has helped me realize how much I truly adore them and plan on utilizing the good influence they've had on me throughout the rest of my life. I'll probably go to college and work on becoming a doctor in the near future, but I believe that right now I couldn't be doing anything better with my life right now than to be a missionary, and share my testimony with whomever may hear it that I believe Jesus is the Christ, the son of God. He knows each and everyone of us personally, better yet he loves each and everyone of us personally. This is some of the good news I get to share with people everyday, and that's my life right now.

Why I am a Mormon

When you get baptised we believe you promise the Lord three things: To take upon yourself his name, to always remember him, and to keep the commandments. In essance, you promise to try and lead a more Christ-like life. I didn't always believe it. My family is mormon and I got baptised into the church shortly after turning 8 years old, but shortly into entering my early teens I made some decisions that made me forget why I got baptised in the first place. Amidst some conflicting interests I had with the church of Jesus Christ of Later-day saints (Mormon church), I turned to an agnostic sort of philosophy: What's good is good, and what's bad is bad. I wasn't sure if there was a God and I didn't believe that there was anything in the world that contained real truth, I just knew I sometimes liked being taught good values, so I kept going to church because I felt comfortable that what I was taught could help me be a good person. Nearing the age of 16 I came to realize that Jesus was right when he said "no man can serve two masters". Being Agnostic, yet being Mormon at the same time was tearing my very being apart. Everyday I woke up very unsure of who I was. One day I realized what I was missing: I wanted a single path to walk for my entire life. I realized that my sense of what was good was slowly getting distorted, and unplanned challenges in life were challenging my personal character everyday, making me feel like the real Jared was lost inside somewhere. I wanted just one path to follow in life, I wanted something to truly believe in, so I did something that I had always remembered my mom encouraging me to do as a boy on up, to read the scriptures and pray to God, asking him sincerely if the Bible and Book of Mormon are truly his words and if he loves me. The first time of me really doing this changed me, I got a feeling that I can't describe for anyone else that assured me that this church is true. I've been faithfully walking this path since.

How I live my faith

I strive to lead out an honest life. I allow myself to be humbled. I try to not take any small or big blessings in life for granted. I try living my life in a way that symbolizes to Heavenly Father my appreciation for him as a loving son, and that I remember him in all that I do. My guiding principle as well as insperation in life is the true love of Christ. How Jesus was kind to others and showed his love for them was something he was perfect at, casting a perfect example; so with that in mind I try to be a loving son, a loving brother, a loving friend, a loving neighbor, and someday I dream of being a loving husband/Dad. I am happy and I can laugh whenever I want to, and I continue to try demonstrating a life of love in every true way that I can think of, and by what I continue to learn as I walk this path that I believe in.