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Hi I'm Jared

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the father of two exceptional men. Men who are passionate in their work, active in their community and church, and role models for their own families.Men who teach and lead in the next generation. Men who are currently cleverly disguised as a couple of very active, eccentric, and excited little boys. There is nothing I can do which is more important than helping these boys become those men. My wife, a certified teacher, has sacrificed a promising paid professional career, for an unpaid one, helping our boys by ensuring they receive the best possible instruction and care inside and outside of our own home. I am an engineer, currently working at a production plant which manufactures chemicals used as a building block for many types of polyurethane foam (found in dashboards, refrigerators, building insulation, mattresses, etc.). I'm a musician, or at least I'd like to be. I've tried learning the guitar and piano; had better success with the trombone, and mostly I enjoy singing. I'm worse than a washed up high school athlete (I look back to the glory days of wishing I tried out for more sports). I will play any sport that comes my way, most commonly basketball and soccer, and recently even a little flag football. I'm an intermittent couch potato. I enjoy movies, books, surfing the web, and playing video games with my oldest son. I'm an ordained minister, having received the priesthood from my own father. And of course, I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

There are plenty of reasons to be a Mormon; but there is only one that really matters. God, who knows me better and loves me more than anyone else can, wants me to be one. Those I've met who have willingly listened, diligently studied, and asked God in good faith have found that same answer for themselves.

How I live my faith

I worked in Cambodia for two years starting at the age of 19. The hours were from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM daily, with breaks for meals and personal study, and most of each Monday available for personal preparation time. There was no monetary compensation; however, it was the most rewarding two years of my life to that point. I had the chance to see entire families turn their lives around by accepting the gospel of Christ. I currently serve in my local congregation by visiting and providing service (and coordinating service opportunities) for church members who live in my area, and also members of other faiths. I also have the opportunity to teach during Sunday meetings. At home, we have daily prayer and scripture study as a family, we set aside time each Monday evening as family time, and we attend our church services each week. I make plenty of mistakes, but serving the Lord is less about yesterday and more about what you are going to do today.