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Hi I'm Jared

I'm a Dental Student, I started an organization to prevent cavities in kids, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My family means everything to me. I'm married to the most wonderful woman I've ever met, I have a 1 1/2 year old boy, who is the apple of my eye, and in a few short weeks will have a daughter as well. I study Dentistry in Los Angeles, enjoy what I do, and have aspirations to be an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. In my free time, I love to play with my son at the park, exercise, and stay up reading way too late. I love skiing, camping, and hiking, but don't go nearly enough. I love my religion--it's a huge part of who I am. It gives me understanding of my purpose in life and what God expects of me; it gives me perspective when life's pressures bog me down; and it gives my heart peace and genuinely makes me a happy person.

Why I am a Mormon

The reason why I became a Mormon was because my parents are Mormon and that's the way they raised me. The reason why I stayed a Mormon is because I found out for myself, through a confirmation by the Holy Spirit, that this is Christ's church. That confirmation occurred when I was nineteen years old. At the time, although I had believed the Gospel as it had been taught to me and had lived the teachings of my Church, I still hungered to know with certainty that this is Christ's Church, that He leads it through true and living prophets, and that the Book of Mormon is true. I prayed about it continually over the course of several weeks with no answer. On one particular night, as I was praying to know if these things are true, in a moment, I was suddenly able to recall and recognize that God had, in fact, testified to me several times in my youth concerning the truthfulness of the Church. It was as if the Lord were telling me, "Jared, you've always known it's true," and my heart was filled with peace. I know that what I felt that night as I prayed was the Holy Spirit testifying to me because I've felt that same influence, testimony, and peace many times since that occasion. If you've ever served someone else who really needed your help, if you've ever read about the life of Jesus in the New Testament of the Bible and thought about His sacrifice for you, if you've ever held a baby in your arms and marveled at what a miracle that little life is, or if you've ever been filled with a rush of motivation to be a more moral person and treat others with more love and kindness, you too have felt the Holy Spirit. Those uplifting, swelling emotions of peace and joy are how God communicates to us, and that is what I felt as I prayed to God to know if the Church's teachings are true. I love this Church. I love how everything makes so much sense! I know I'm a happy person because of what I believe and how I live. I truly love being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Christianity is love in action, so I try to live my faith by treating others with respect and serving others. I'm not a perfect Christian, but I try to be better each day. Recently, our congregation had a service project where we assembled a couple hundred sack lunches for the homeless. This is one example of how I live my faith. My faith has strengthened my family life so much. I know that through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I can be with my wife and kids forever, throughout all eternity. My faith has helped me to be a better husband and father. I can't tell you all the ways it has blessed me. I also live my faith by carrying out my responsibilities at church. Right now, I'm in charge of helping people research their genealogy, or family history. I also organize trips for our church members to worship God in the temple, which is a building that is more sacred to us than the chapel that we meet in each Sunday. In the temple, members of our Church make sacred promises with God and receive knowledge, blessings, and promises from Him. It is where families are sealed together for eternity.