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Hi I'm Jared

I make custom shoes, collect yoyos, and I worked as an illustrator before deciding to serve a mission in Las Vegas, Nevada.

About Me

Ever since I can remember, I have had a pencil in my hand. Drawing and painting have always been one of my favorite hobbies, and I've just started going to school to pursue a Bachelors of Fine Arts. To help pay for college I started doing freelance work, which led to getting a job creating illustrations for the school, and I love being able to give back by doing something I love. On the side I started painting pairs of shoes for friends, and have been able to expand that business to painting and creating completely custom shoes for clients all over the country! Aside from my art, I also really love yoyos. I first picked up a yoyo when I could barely walk, and I was hooked. I've been performing in shows, at conventions and at Renaissance festivals all over the U.S., and I love the opportunity to take an otherwise frustrating children's toy, and doing something remarkable with it. What started as a childhood fad became a lifelong ambition for me, and I haven't stopped exploring other circus arts as well. Coming out to college, I helped to co-found the Juggler's Workshop, where I both taught people how to juggle and yoyo, but I learned some awesome new talents as well, including unicycling, stilts and juggling with lit, fiery torches.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the light the gospel brings to my life, and the innumerable blessings I have received because of it. When I wake up in the morning, I do so with purpose, purpose that transcends this life into an eternal perspective. My priorities have shifted as things become more important to me. The thirst for knowledge has never been greater, and my desire to give my children a better world to live in has never been greater as I come to understand the importance of family. The creed that I choose to follow is not dictated by material gain or temporary pleasures, but through lasting happiness, which I have found in the selflessness and charity, as I strive to be more like my Savior.

How I live my faith

I come from a long family line of Scouters. My grandfather just received his recognition for 50 years as a scoutmaster, and my father raised me with a love for both the scouting program, and the inspired organization of our church. The principles that both can offer have helped shape me into the young man I am today, and has also given me the chance to give back as a leader and teacher. Aside from planning camp outs and learning to tie knots as I progressed through scouting to the rank of Eagle, I have been able to serve as a Sunday School teacher, preparing lessons every week and helping others learn and grow in the gospel. I love the people that I serve, and wouldn't give those chances to give of myself, for anything in the world.

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes! The answer needn't be more complicated than the question, in the most basic, important sense, we believe in Christ. Our entire gospel focuses on the simple truth of Christ. He is our Savior, our Redeemer, and it is through Christ that be can be saved, that we can have hope. In this way we are no different than any other Christian denomination. Show more Show less