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Hi I'm Jared

I'm a missionary. I'm a musician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've spent my entire life living within the Mormon bubble here in Utah. I started taking piano lessons in Kindergarten, and my musical education hasn't stopped since. I enjoy reading, rock climbing, Monopoly, and anything related to Disney. Until recently, I attended Brigham Young University; I received my mission call, and I'm scheduled to enter the MTC on the 27th of February. My father passed away unexpectedly on Valentine's Day, but my mission date remains unchanged.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon, and it's definitely a defining characteristic of my personality. Everything I am, every choice I've made, has in some way been influenced by the inspired teachings of the LDS faith. I know that Jesus is the Christ. I know that he, and our Heavenly Father, appeared to Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove. I know that he was taught true and correct principles, and that those principles have been passed down through those generations. I know that Thomas Spencer Monson is a man of God, and the only prophet on the Earth; he receives revelation for the entire church on a daily basis, just as I can receive revelation for myself. I know that, through Christ's redeeming sacrifice, I can be eternally united with the people I love, and can live with my fathers, both Earthly and Heavenly, again.

How I live my faith

Last semester, I taught a course known as Gospel Doctrine, wherein my peers would come and present their own views on specific principles of our faith. While I always had a prepared lesson, my students always ended up teaching me more than I could teach them! At the moment, I'm preparing to leave my life behind for two years and commit my time and talents to the Lord. I will be preaching my religion to the citizens of Canada within the boundaries of the Canada Calgary mission.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

"Blood is thicker than water." In strengthening the inherent bonds of parent to child, as well as from sibling to sibling, we can create a safety net from the troubles of the world. When times of hardship come upon us, we can rely on our families to be there for us: to comfort, counsel, and care for us. While the modern world has virtually dismissed the adage "the apple never falls far from the tree," parents do have a profound impact on their children. At a young age, morals and beliefs are instilled merely by observing the actions of the parents. In a strong home, they'll obtain strong morals; in a weak home, weak morals. While they can cause a lot of heartache, families help us to become the best people we can be; we just have to put forth the effort. Show more Show less