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Hi I'm Jared

I grew up in Colorado. I like construction projects, the arts and the outdoors. I’ve traveled the world with my job. I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I believe that every day above ground is a good day--that we can choose our attitude in any circumstances--and while what happens to us on a given day may or may not be good, the day itself is still good. I find joy in smiling and laughing, in serving others, and in feeling the wind in my face as I'm skiing, windsurfing, mountain biking, roller skating, swinging, or just driving the car with my head leaning out of the window. I enjoy participating in various arts, such as sketching, singing, dancing, capoera, woodworking and construction, and playing the saxophone, clarinet, harmonica, and ukulele. I love reading and learning new things. I am passionate about discovering and sharing knowledge at the university and engaging in new scientific research. I enjoy opportunities to travel around the world to teach seminars, present my research at conferences, and engage in polite discussion about questions regarding my research or my beliefs that are asked by students, professors, industry executives, and government officials. I believe that religion and science can coexist--that great scholars are great believers. I publish on using 'scientific realism' as the foundation for research--it is consistent with my religious and moral beliefs. I am grateful for mentors who helped me gain an understanding of it as well as the nihilistic and self-defeating problems of relativism based philosophies. I love my wife and five children, and I love Jesus Christ, my Savior and Redeemer.

Why I am a Mormon

I chose to keep participating in worship services and service at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it teachings have brought me hope (that I have not found anywhere else in my searching). Attending the Church has not made my life pain free, but it has helped me through my pains and given me great peace and joy. I have not known all sorrows (and nor do I want to), but I have endured a few unique pains...from severe complications from a ruptured appendix during missionary service in the jungles of Guatemala, to several rounds of large kidney stones and surgeries, to more commonly felt pains from death, sickness, employment concerns, family worries, etc. that many of us have or will have experienced here on earth. As I've reflected on how the Savior endured every single one of my trials and tribulations in its fullness in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the Cross of Calvary as he simultaneously suffered the agony associated with my sins, it has brought me much closer to Him and increased my love for Him. That love has generated a desire to dedicate my life to serving Him through attending His church and through helping others physically and spiritually. While I have seen amazing miracles performed through His priesthood, I do not attend church because of those miracles. I attend because of faith--my simple hope that it is true. And that hope brings me a purpose that I find very satisfying.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by making the development of my family my central priority. I try to remember that no success can compensate for failure in the home. That means trying to set a good example in my actions and spending one-on-one time with my wife and each of my kids. It means doing all other things in my life in moderation and not going overboard on other good things such as work, interests, media, or hobbies. I live my faith by how I treat other people. I believe to my core that every person I meet is a son or daughter of God with potential to become truly like Him. I like to look in their eyes for that spark of divinity, and I want to do what I can to help and support them. I want to be kind to everyone. It means engaging in small acts of service for neighbors, friends, and strangers when I see opportunities. I live my faith by volunteering my time as part of the 'lay clergy' (aka unpaid ministers) of priesthood leaders. I teach gospel topics lessons to adults during some church services. I organize activities to help families be strengthened through good wholesome fun and help draw each person closer to Jesus Christ. I help oversee assignments for men holding the priesthood to go visit every family in the congregation each month to make sure they are doing okay and help them with any needs. I get to make visits myself, and I feel blessed to be able to give service to others. I'm the advisor to the religious focused student club (called LDSSA) at the local university. Through the club we offer scripture study classes on campus that anyone is welcome to attend for free so students can maintain a balance in their studies as well as attend fun activities and events, such as music groups, food drives, ice cream socials, sporting games, and talk at forums/seminars on various topics. I also try to help out with the local Boy Scout Troop that the local congregation sponsors, going on campouts and hikes and teaching merit badges and life skills to the youth.

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Many years ago I attended a meeting at the corporate headquarters of a large retail company. During the meeting a corporate buyer stood up and shared a new fashion trend that would hit the United States soon--it was sweatpants for young women that had written words printed on the rear seat of the pants, such as 'cutie,' 'hottie,' 'angel,' or 'tramp.' The buyer shared the potential large sales and profit figures. When asked if there were questions, after a short pause another buyer stood up and (paraphrasing) asked "I know we could make a lot of money, but should we sell these to the public? Is it the right thing to do? Or will it inspire bad behavior?" A large loud argument broke out. After several minutes of debate a vice president stood up and ended the debate by saying "morality is the responsibility of the media, not the retailer." I've reflected on that experience a number of times over the years. Thankfully, that executive was wrong. Could you imagine if modesty was the responsibility of just the media? ...We'd be doomed. Whatever we focus our thoughts on we eventually desire over other things. Good thoughts lead to good action (aka chastity). Bad thoughts lead to bad action and loss of having the Holy Ghost. Thankfully, modesty is the responsibility of everyone for whatever their circle of influence--which for parents includes children. Be careful with the media you consume/allow. Make sure it is sending the same message to your kids as what you say to them. Show more Show less