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Hi I'm Jared

I've lived on both US coasts, I run at least 5 miles every working day, and I'm happy to be a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a graduate student in New England. My family (wife, and two daughters, 3 and 5) and I love to do neat things around town: go to some museums, play at the parks, go to the library, enjoy the changing of the seasons, catch a ball-game here and there. My research focuses on molecular mechanisms of peripheral sensation. I grew up in the Northwestern corner of the USA, enjoying the perks of the outdoors there. I've since discovered many of the treasures of the Northeast as well, including many of the best running routes around.

Why I am a Mormon

At the very center of my faith in God is that He has provided His children (the whole of mankind) a path and way to return back into His presence. That plan's effectiveness depends on the great sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf. Growing up with the Mormon doctrines close to heart and with good examples around me of the faith has given me strength and resiliency in my life. Additionally, reading from the Bible, the Book of Mormon, or words from modern-day prophets has helped me to infuse my day-to-day doings with eternal perspective.

How I live my faith

I work along with the Church's full-time missionaries in finding and teaching people who want to learn more about the Church. We teach a class every Sunday which is aimed at introducing the elementary doctrines and core beliefs of our Church to those who are less familiar with them. In addition to these lessons on Sunday, we try to reach out and teach lessons on an individual basis to people in their homes.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

The Savior once said, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil" (Matthew 5:17). I think many feel a sense of protection for ancient traditions and customs, or at least for the faith of their parents. When Jesus said that he wasn't coming to destroy the law, or the prophets, he seemed to be speaking to this idea. Many people prior to any experience with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have seen God's power in their lives or in the lives of their family. I can see how some might mistakenly (if only partially) see that the Mormon missionary message is exclusive to previous beliefs or that it somehow invalidates prior sacred experiences. In a similar way to what Jesus told his own people 2000 years ago, we don't come to destroy the law, or invalidate the faith of our or your fathers. Rather, we come to confirm that God does exist and that He has many more things to say in our day, to all of us. Show more Show less