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Hi I'm Jared

I was born in Utah, served a mission in Ohio, studied in Provo Utah and Israel, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love adventure! Particularly exploring. When I go on my adventures I have a special hat that I always wear; I call it my "Adventure Hat." I am acutaly on my 2nd adventure hat because I wore out my first one, which is really quite a feat if you think about it. My adventure hats were exactly identical and I have traveled tens of thousands of miles with them: I have traveled by plain, train, bus, boat, horse, camel (a very, very, short distance by camel, but I hope to change that soon), and by hiking boots. I also love learning! I like to learn about business, ecconomics, history, reading (yes you can learn about reading, there is a lot to know about reading) and the physical sciences (chemistry, physics, etc). When I do learn I learn best by having someone who knows the subject well explain it to me, then I explain it back.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have come to know that God, our Heavenly Father, blesses me with His Spirit, the Holy Ghost, when I read The Book of Mormon regularly. This spiritual influence is evidence to me that The Book of Mormon is true, because if it were not true our Heavenly Father would not have His Spirit witness of it's truth. I am also a Mormon because I know that my family can be together forever because we are "sealed" in the temple. This sealing is made possible because the "keys" that Jesus said he would give to Peter in Matthew 16:19 have been restored to mankind allowing us to perform ordinances that "bind" us as a family both on earth and in heaven. I am also a Mormon because our Heavenly Father through the Holy Ghost let me know that Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God, and that The Book of Mormon is true. He also communicated to me that Thomas S. Monson is God's Prophet on the earth today. This reassurance that Thomas S. Monson speaks the words that God would have us know for our time, just as Moses or Isaiah shared the words that God would have the people know for their time brings great peace into my heart when I think "Yes, I am a Mormon."

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving those around me, both members of my church and people who are not members of my church. By far the funnest way I have done this was by volunteering as an Assistant Scout Master for a scout troop sponsored by my parent’s congregation. We had a unique group of boys who participated in our scouting activities, most of them were Mormon, but not all of them. This service was a very fulfilling for me because I was able to be a positive male role model and support for these boys. After serving in this capacity for a little less than a year I moved away to attend to university studies. When I came home for a visit I saw one of "my boys" out walking his family dog. I was driving and excitedly pulled over to say hello to this young man. Upon seeing me this young man came running up to me and gave me a huge hug and expressed how much he had missed me. My heart was warmed because I knew that for this young man I had made a difference in his life. I also live my faith by trying to participate as actively in my family’s life as possible. I have tried to be there for all of the "big things" such as baptisms and birthdays, but I also try to be there for my family in the little things as well, such as an encouraging text message or a short visit just because. I am preparing to live my faith by learning about being a good husband and Father. My university offers a course on marriage preparation where they teach things that will help us better fulfill our roles in the family and techniques for strengthening the family, like having family prayer, strong traditions, participating with our children in work and in play, and continuing the courtship of our spouse. I am also attending a university so I can be the best provider for my family I can possibly be. I look forward to the day when I will be married and then become a father, until that day comes I work every day of my life to prepare for it.