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Hi I'm Jared

I'm serving in the GKLM as a missionary. I love political science, philosophy, literature, and music, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently serving as a full-time missionary for the church, called to preach the gospel for two years. Before leaving on my mission, I lived in Utah and was homeschooled up through highschool. I love learning, reading, simulations, and growing at my own pace, so homeschool was perfect for me. I gained a love of philosophy and literature from my homeschooling experience, and my mom introduced me to classical music at a young age, and I grew to love it. I loved history and geography growing up, and competed at the Utah State geography bee. Because of my love for government and political philosophy, I participated in many governmental simulations during my teen years, acting as congressmen or delegates in legislative and constitutional simulations. I went high school to earn my associates degree through a concurrent enrollment program, and participated in business and marketing clubs there. I managed to qualify for the international DECA business club competition, and went out to Orlando, Florida to compete there. That was a cool experience. Before leaving on my mission, I went full-time to a university, pursuing a degree in political science. While I enjoy studying and learning, I also loved hanging out with friends and other typical teenage activities. I like playing ultimate frisbee when I play outside, and enjoy visiting and talking to friends and their families whenever possible. I like meeting people and talking about just about anything with them.

Why I am a Mormon

My whole family was raised in the LDS church, and so living the gospel has been a part of daily life since I was a child. My parents raised me very well, and helped me to grow and develop my character and faith. However, I am an inquisitive person, and I wasn't content in just using my parent's faith and testimony's for my own. If I was going to live the restored gospel, which can be challenging, I had to know for myself if it was true. I didn't have just one powerful spiritual experience that convinced me of the truth of the gospel, though I have had several powerful manifestations of God's love for me and have felt His spirit confirm truths to me. My earliest memory of such an experience was when I was nine. I had been learning in my church classes about the Book of Mormon, and my family read it together often. Everyone said that I had to know for myself if it was true, so I figured I had better ask. I bear witness that God cares about the prayers of every person, even the prayers of a little nine-year-old child, for He answered that prayer of mine by confirming the truth of the Book of Mormon to me. Over the years, I have received similar confirmations of the truth of His church, the divine calling of His modern prophets, and other such things. But most of my faith in the church has come from a slow and steady growing of my testimony just through living the gospel. I have been buoyed up during hard times by God's love, I have received hope for an eternal family through learning about Christ's doctrines, and I have become a better person through consistent effort to live as Christ would want me to live. I am not perfect, but I know I am a far better person than I could ever hope to be without God's grace.

How I live my faith

Right now, I'm living my faith as devotedly as a young person my age can. In the LDS church, we take the commandment by our Savior, Jesus Christ, to preach the gospel unto all the world seriously. Every young man is expected to serve a two-year mission, and young women and older couples are encouraged to do so as well. I live my faith by fulfilling my duty to help bring others unto Christ. However, I don't just serve out of a sense of duty. The restored gospel of Jesus Christ has helped me so much in my life, and it has touched every area of it. I wouldn't be the person I am now without Christ's gospel, for I wouldn't have the character or personality traits that make me who I am, the friends who's associations distinguish me, the beliefs that strengthen me, and the hope that motivates me. Living the restored gospel gives me limitless hope for the future, both here on earth, and in the eternities to come. Because of my great love for Christ's restored gospel, I feel a great desire to bring that joy and hope to others, and it makes me happy to know that I can play a small part in helping others come closer unto Christ. Becoming a full-time missionary requires a lot of sacrifice, such as giving up hobbies, pastimes, frequent contact with friends and family whom I love, and all other personal desires. It's a hard life, but God makes it more than worth it. In preparation for my mission, I served in various service roles within my church. I presided with other youth my age over church and scouting youth groups, and I served with others visiting member's homes and strengthening and helping them however I could. But my most important service was to my family, my friends, and to my community. I try to live the best I can so as to be an example to those around me, and I look for opportunities to serve and help others. Following the example of Christ is extremely important, and I hope to always do the best I can.

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Jared
During Jesus Christ's ministry, He clearly established the organization of His church. He started by calling apostles - Peter, John, and so on. Their calling was to be witnesses of Him, to preach His gospel, and to lead His church. Ephesians 4: 11-12 states that Christ gave us apostles for the "perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, [and] for the edifying of the body of Christ[.]" That mission or directive was never repealed, even though the apostles of Christ's time were eventually all martyred. God is unchanging, and He still seeks for the perfecting of His saints. Thus, He has restored His church to the earth, again giving us apostles for that same divine purpose. Apostles are given authority to grant their calling unto others, as evidenced by Peter and the other 10 remaining apostles calling Matthias to replace the vacancy in the quorum caused by Judas's betrayal (Acts 1:23-26). Similarly, the modern apostles called by God through His prophet, Joseph Smith, are authorized to call others to fill vacancies in the quorum, in order to maintain the Church of Jesus Christ on the earth. Christ's church is a church of order, and the same system of leadership that Christ organized during His ministry is again organized today in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Christ's restored church is built upon the same foundation as His original church (Ephesians 2:20). Show more Show less