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Hi I'm Jared

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a beautiful woman from New England and am a 33 year old father of 3 little girls. Presently, I am a program manager for a Department of Defense agency in New England and am working on my doctorate. I enjoy camping, hiking, wood-working, piano, trumpet, ice cream, and hanging out with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I choose to be. I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but had some questions. When I was sixteen, a missionary from the church helped start me on the path to finding answers to those questions. I began studying the scriptures, beginning with the Book of Mormon and the Bible. In both books I came across scriptures that said God would let me know what is truth and would give direction to my life through a 'Comforter', or Holy Spirit, if I would study, ask questions, and pray. So, I asked God if what I was raised to believe was true. I believe he answered me because it happened just like the Bible and Book of Mormon said it would. Through this experience, and additional re-confirmations to my prayers, I discovered that God does exist and that the Bible and Book of Mormon contain many of His truths. I continue to study my own faith and the faiths of others. I have found that we have so much in common. It is wonderful to have an assurance that God knows me and that he wants what is best for me. All I have to do is keep his commandments. I have discovered that even in life's most challenging times, I can feel peace.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith through my actions and words. I believe it shows both in what I do and don't do, as well as with what I say and don't say. I don't try to pressure my beliefs on others because I don't like it when others do that to me. I try to not judge others unnecessarily because I don't want others to judge me. I do open my mouth and share my beliefs outside of church when it is appropriate, usually when I am asked a question or clarification is needed. Through my local ward we meet frequently with the clergy and members of other local denominations to take part in community events or joint religious programs. It's wonderful getting to meet with the members of other faiths. We have so much in common and are discovering the positive impacts we can have on society as we work together.