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Hi I'm Jared Rodriguez

I'm a Texan. I love art. I'm a Reference Librarian. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in a region of South Texas that is known as the Rio Grande Valley. I am a devoted Texan and my favorite cities to visit in Texas are San Antonio, Austin, and South Padre Island. I'm a college student and I am currently studying Business Administration. My career dreams consist of working as a local government employee or as an administrative librarian. I love art. Art is all around us and it is created by people every single day. My favorite kinds of art are black and white films, paintings, photography, and music. My music playlist usually consists of alternative music and Lifescapes music (from the Target Stores). I enjoy all the films that have been produced by Marvel (Stan Lee), especially Spider Man. I love nature. I have a passion for deep sea fishing off the coast of South Padre Island, shooting photographs of natural wildlife, hiking, and relaxing at the beach. These activities allow me to soak up the sun and bond a little with some of God's marvelous creations.

Why I am a Mormon

Many events, people, and cultures have shaped me into the person I am now. Rejoicings, tribulations, tragedies, and achievements have taught me about the true purpose in life. Wars, divorces, segregation, money, and classification divide the world and it's people. My family is everything. I know that one day I will be able to enjoy true everlasting happiness with them. Jesus Christ and His sacrifice makes eternal families possible. Like many other people on earth, I have been through my fair share of difficulties in life. Luckily, through Jesus Christ and his love, I have been able to surpass those trials. I know that everyone else can too. If you ever meet me, you will know that I am not perfect, but, I strive to be the best I can. Through the Book of Mormon, one can learn more about our Savior. Praying and asking God about this book will result in a spiritual witness that it is indeed true. Knowing that this book is of God will bring you closer to Him and His true church. What I am trying to say is: Read the Book of Mormon. Pray about it and ask Him of its veracity. I know he will answer you in a personal, special manner. Once you know it is true, do what must be done to be baptized by someone holding His authority to do so.

How I live my faith

As a young man, I remember the joy of visiting families with both temporal and spiritual needs with my father. When I was 19 years old, I had the privilege to serve a church mission in the Uruguay Montevideo Mission. Currently, I assist the ward with the missionary work that is being done within the local area and I also serve in the youth organization for the McAllen region. These opportunities to serve have allowed me to grow and build a foundation in Christ. I teach some of the Sunday classes offered to people that are not familiar with our church. When possible, I accompany the missionaries to visit people who are interested in being baptized. That's not all. I take photographs at the youth events and I run the social media page for the youth group as well. I also help out with youth activities, planning, and I occasionally teach classes for future missionaries.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Jared Rodriguez
Many people think that religious people are boring or too "intense". Mormons are simple and fun. We dance, we participate in sports, we watch movies, and we listen to music. Everyone is different and everyone has different tastes and likes. Regardless, we do have some responsibilities and commandments that God has given us. These commandments bring joy to our lives and help us be more like Him. Some people have misconceptions on who we are as Latter-Day Saints and what we strive for. If you ever get to meet me personally, you will learn that I have many imperfections and that I can make mistakes. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we know that our purpose in life is to work on those imperfections and follow His example. Show more Show less