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Hi I'm Jared

I grew up in Indiana. I am the best uncle in the world. Carrying a tune in a bucket is one of my favorite pastimes.

About Me

I love to meet people. In high school I spent a lot of my time in extra curricular activities meeting a wide scope of people from the thespians in the drama department to jocks in the weight room. I participated in sports, school government, freshman mentoring and boy scouts. My longest lasting hobby is music. I played the clarinet for seven years, participated in marching band for five years and sang in a choir for two years. After high school I completed my first year at Brigham Young University studying chemical engineering. Right now I am serving a two-year mission on the northeast coast of the Adriatic Sea in the countries of Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Slovenia.

Why I am a Mormon

Life is like the sea, I feel. (This may get a bit poetic). Often times we find ourselves surprised by turbulent storms after enjoying a season of placid peacefulness. I found myself in many of these storms and I fully intend on being in more. During these great times of stress and confusion I turned to my faith and found it to be the only real source of peace and surety in my life. I have never been happier than when I am actively living my faith and searching to become better by helping others. Whenever people talk about living the Gospel, they always couple living these standards with the same old promises of blessings. As a kid this can become rather repetitive, but as I came to face opposition in my life for living these standards, I slowly received a testimony of these principles, thus growing my love for the Gospel and for the Saviour.

How I live my faith

I guess the hardest part is always living your faith when others around you don't have the same standards. My friends have always known that I am a Mormon and over the years they have come to respect my standards and even helped me in rough situations to keep them. I would say that one of the bravest ways to live ones faith is to stand up for your beliefs publicly. I try my best to let those around me know what I stand for, and more importantly, who I stand for. In high school I would often be confronted about my beliefs. I did my best to respond in a manner I feel the Saviour would be proud of even in the face of adversity. Often I would be found carrying a Book of Mormon around to help me share my beliefs with others or even to give it to questioning friends. I participate in the local ward as best I can. I try to be proactive about helping members and missionaries in the church. Before my mission I would help the local missionaries as much I could on their lessons and often felt just as connected to their investigators as I imagine they did.