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Hi I'm Jared Nelson

I grew up in Utah and lived in Japan for two years of my life. I'm now going to serve a mission in Japan. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I was born in Hong Kong, China and lived there for a year before moving back to Utah. During my eighth and ninth grade years, I lived in Tokyo, Japan. Soccer is one of my absolute favorite things to do. I play whenever I have spare time. I just graduated from high school a couple weeks ago. I'm planning on attending college after my mission to Kobe, Japan. My mission is my number one priority and I could not be more excited to serve the Lord and the people of Japan.

Why I am a Mormon

I have grown up in the church for my whole life. My mother and father have taught me from the beginning of my life the principles of this church. I grew up for the first part of my life depending on their testimonies, without really knowing if the church was true for myself. When I moved to Japan in the eighth grade, or when i was about 14, I was one of few kids my age who were LDS. I faced a lot of ridicule from the kids in my school because of my different beliefs and standards of them. I began to question myself and the truthfulness of the church. I asked myself if staying in the church was really worth it. I asked, is this church true? I determined that I would find out for myself if the LDS gospel is true. I set aside 20 minutes every night to read the Book of Mormon, ponder, and pray to my Heavenly Father. This strengthened my testimony by an incredible amount. I found myself looking forward to the time when I could pray and read my scriptures. My testimony didn't come in one night as some sort of epiphany, it came as the result of hard work and diligence. I worked to get my testimony where it is today. I am still learning more about this gospel and strengthening my testimony. I still have a lot of room to grow, but I know this gospel is true, and nothing will ever break that testimony. This time in my life is what got to me where I am today, ready to go on a mission to Kobe, Japan and preach the one and only true gospel to the people of Japan. I know that anybody who has the desire, is willing to humble themselves before the Lord, and is willing to put in the effort to obtain and maintain a testimony can and will receive a testimony of this gospel and receive true happiness.

How I live my faith

I attend church almost every week on Sundays and regularly attend our church youth activities, including Boy Scouts. I'm a youth leader in my ward for our young men. I am a home teacher with my father for two people in my ward. It is so much fun visiting them once a month. I try to set the best example possible for my peers. I try my hardest to always live the standards of my church. I know I am watched carefully as a 18 year old LDS young man, so I am striving to live the high moral standards the LDS church teaches and always am trying to improve myself.