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Hi I'm Jared Van Orman

I was born and raised in Canada. I'm a Mormon, I've always been a Mormon, and I hope to always be a Mormon.

About Me

What's my background you ask? Being born and raised in Canada, I'm a normal guy just like any other I guess. I come from a large family of 10 children. Yup, I have 9 brothers and sisters. I love them all and am glad I have as many as I do. It was a lot of fun growing up having someone always around to do something with. Now of course, being one of the youngest, I did manage to get on the nerves of my older siblings from time to time...hehe!! Nevertheless, I think now that we are grown up, more or less, we always take care of each other and are always there for each other. Now I'm out of the house and doing my own thing. I'm currently in the U.S. Air Force and love being able to serve and stand up for my rights and the rights of all people. It's kind of gratifying to be able to be a part of that. While it can be sad to see others squander their freedoms, I would still do it to allow people the right to choose what they want for, or from, their own lives. Agency is a gift from God, and I'm grateful I have the right to choose. I have a family of my own. I have 3 awesome little ones of my own. I have a spectacular wife who supports me and takes care of the family. I truly feel like I have been blessed because I know it isn't easy for my wife to be a military spouse. She has had to make sacrifices and has had to be able to support me and the kids while I'm away. A better example of strength and love I can't imagine. Truly I feel God brought us together.

Why I am a Mormon

Every member has a story. Even members who were born in the Church and raised to be members have stories. Why? Because even being raised in the Church doesn't guarantee that a testimony will be gained and kept. We all have a choice to make and at some time in our lives we have to choose whether or not we will accept what we have been taught and follow the teachings of the Church, or not. I've always been a member and while I've been blessed greatly by being a member of the Church, I didn't always recognize it as such and wondered if this is what I really wanted to be part of. I think I've always believed the Church was true, how could it not be? It makes so much sense on so many levels. While that seems wonderful, it isn't enough to motivate someone to dedicate their lives to the Church and to God. Making sense and having a testimony aren't the same. I too had to decide if the Church was true and if I was going to follow it's teachings and follow my Savior, Jesus Christ. I believe it's true. I believe the Book of Mormon is a book of scripture authored by Prophets on the American continent. That it teaches that Christ is the Son of God and that it contains the gospel and his teachings that will allow us the return to live with our Heavenly Father. I believe Joseph Smith saw what he said he saw. I believe the Church is true, that it will bring us back to our Father in Heaven if we follow the teachings of the Church. Why? Because I believe that Jesus Christ is at the head of the Church and that the president of the Church is a prophet of God. I was always a fan of the phrase, "The truth is out there!" I still am I guess, but I think in relation to God and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Jesus Christ himself, the truth isn't "out there." The truth is here, it's been restored. It's free and it's yours if you want it. You simply need to ask and you will receive. God will let you know the truth. I believe it, I really do.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints isn't always easy, but it's always worth it. Being a part of this Church isn't just a Sunday only thing, it's an every day kind of thing. When we take upon us the name of Christ we represent him in all things all the time, and it doesn't stop when it becomes "inconvenient." I live my faith by participating in Church. There is plenty to do and plenty of people need help, even myself. I know that I've had people be there for me and mine, and while they may not need me to return the favor, I can repay the kindnesses shown to me by being there for someone else when they need help. I am currently the Ward Clerk, which means I help take care of the records in our Ward, which is simply the geographical area in which our members live. I ensure their records are kept straight and that if new members move into the ward that we know about them and can take care of them. I update records when new family members are born and/or adopted. I assist with the financial aspect as well, under the guidance of the Bishop or his counselors. On top of that, there is Home-teaching, service projects, move-in and move-outs, activities and so much more to be a part of that I keep pretty busy with something or other that can be tied to Church activity. While it's a choice and I could certainly not be as active, I find that being a part of something as amazing as the church makes me happy. It gives me purpose and joy in doing what I believe the Savior would do if he were on Earth, which is Service.