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Hi I'm Jaryd

I'm from Canada. I love being outdoors and playing rugby. I'm serving in the France Lyon mission, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

Exploring the outdoors is what I love to do, particularly the mountains! I began my adventures as a cub in the Scouts Canada program, through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was blessed to have great leaders and amazing fellow scouts, who have been greatly influential in my life to this day. We had great times snow shoeing, sleeping in igloos, hiking the West Coast Trail, and even running the Juan de Fuca Trail together. I also love practising and playing rugby with my friends and team mates. And of course, studying whatever history of whatever place and people my interests may lead me.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know the Book of Mormon is true. I continue to read the Book of Mormon each day, and I can certainly say that it has provided me with guidance and peace throughout my daily life. The influence of my friends and teachers has also helped lead me to know the gospel of Jesus Christ is made manifest in its full form within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They have provided me with insight and the opportunity to serve others. I am a Mormon because I know we can receive guidance through a living prophet in this modern day. The Lord has blessed us with a prophet, just as He did in ancient times, to help us follow the strait and narrow path. For this I am truly grateful. I know that living by the standards of the Church, including chastity, refraining from the use addictive substances, and clean language will improve lives. I have seen it in my friends, and I have felt it in my own life. I know that the gospel is true, and that the church is guided and has always been guided by God through righteous men.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by keeping to my standards, regardless of the situation. As a rugby player, often travelling to championships and tournaments on a bus filled with rowdy boys, pressure can easily build. Thankfully, my fellow team mates knew that I was religious. Being Mormon on the West Coast of Canada often means that you are a minority, and not a well-known one at that. This meant that there were a lot of questions regarding my standards, and why I didn't do certain things. My team mates, however, were always respectful and supportive of my decisions. Following the standards of the church has not only helped me do well in school and athletics, it has also kept my conscience clean and has guided me along the path to serving a full-time mission in southern France. What an incredible blessing!