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Hi I'm Jared

I'm from Beaverton, Oregon. I love writing and performing music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently studying Sociology at BYU. I served a 2 year mission in the Sendai Japan area. I've taken piano lessons my whole life, and I also play guitar and sing. I love studying music and enjoy writing my own. I also enjoy playing basketball and spending time with my family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

While I've grown up in the church my whole life, the only way I could really know of its truthfulness was to learn for myself. When I was about 14, I took my copy of the Book of Mormon to a summer camp I was attending. During my down time, I would read as much of the book as possible. Near the end of the week, I finished the book the whole way through for the first time. After I had finished, I decided to act on the promise found in the book in Moroni 10: 4-5 and ask God if the book was true. I went off from the campsite and found a quiet place to kneel down and pray. As I asked our Heavenly Father if the book was true, a feeling of peace came over me that I had never felt before. I knew and felt in my heart that the Book of Mormon is a true book, that Joseph Smith was a true prophet with God's authority, and that Jesus Christ knew me and loved me. This moment has forever changed me. The knowledge of these things has made me so happy, and I wish to share this feeling with others. Everyone deserves the peace and happiness that this knowledge brings.

How I live my faith

In my wards both at college and at home, I've been asked to participate in many positions. I've taught lessons at church to my age group, planned and led activities, served and planned with Bishops and other adult leaders, and am currently serving as a ward missionary. Through these responsibilities, I've been able to help enrich the lives of those around me and myself in the process. These church positions have made me feel like I belong, that I'm important, and that I can make a difference.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Jared
Tithing allows us to donate 1/10th of our income to assist the work of God. That means that 100% of our donations go to helping people! Tithing funds help; --build church facilities where people can receive important religious ordinances --print and distribute sacred scriptures --run valuable public services such as family history projects and welfare programs In all ways, tithing assists people to live better, happier lives. It does not go to funding local leaders, who serve without compensation of any kind. Show more Show less