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Hi I'm Jared

I'm a father and husband. Work as a commercial banker. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a great family as the youngest child. My father had his own moving business, and we spent lots of time together working together with him. I also gained a strong desire to get an education and be a committed father and husband someday like my Dad, a convert to the Mormon faith. After serving a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brazil, I graduated from college in finance and went on to get a master's degree in accounting. I met my wife while in college and she spent the first year of our marriage teaching school. After our first child, we decided she would stay home, teach our kids, and be a full time mother. I spent two years at a large public accounting firm, earned the CPA certification, and then left to work in Commercial and Corporate Banking for the last 10 years. I enjoy work, but as I've grown older, I think teaching is one of my loves and I've been able to incorporate that into my job by sharing what I know with coworkers and those who report to me. I spend most of my free time with my family. If I have time left over, I enjoy (1) coaching youth sports, exercising, (2) reading, and (3) volunteering with Boy Scouts.

Why I am a Mormon

I've felt a witness through the Spirit on numerous occasions of the truthfulness of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When I humbly seek answers, and put in my own homework in his way (patiently seeking and learning his will), he has given me so many answers to prayers. Sometimes the answers take time and effort on my part, but I've learned to desire most to follow the Lord's will in my own life and not my own. My father is perhaps my greatest example of the good fruit the Gospel brings. He humbly changed his life to join the Church. He had to change and leave things behind, but our family has and never will be the same. Words can't describe my gratitude for him making those sacrifices. He now doesn't see them as sacrifices, but as the greatest decisions in his life. I'm also eternally grateful that my mother has kept our family close knit and firmly founded on keeping the commandments of God. She has faith in people and sees divine potential in everyone. I've also seen and experienced the fruits of following the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my own life. The Church has been the greatest asset to me and my family in teaching and providing me opportunities to live His Gospel. I've felt so much peace and happiness as I've lived the way I believe he wants me to live. I've had to change and be better at times as I've felt him nudging me to be so, but the challenges and growth far outweigh the discomfort at times we feel as we stretch and draw closer to God.

How I live my faith

I hope to live my faith every day by how I treat other people. I feel like the Savior's greatest sermons were how he loved and served others. I think it's also one of life's greatest challenges as we come from different backgrounds, viewpoints, personalities, strengths and weaknesses. I current serve voluntarily at Church with ministering to families in their homes both spiritually (prayers or short lessons) or physically (helping them move, fix appliances, or find jobs). I also am asked at times to teach and enjoy that process. I'm an engaged learner and try to make practical applications in the Gospel of Jesus Christ to my own life. Coaching youth sports has been one of my favorite things to do as an adult. I think kids learn a lot about teamwork and hard work through being a teammate. I also like to volunteer at my kid's elementary and love that my kids enjoy me being there still (I'm cautiously optimistic that won't change). Lastly, but not least, I try and live my faith by treating my wife and children with love and respect. I've learned how to raise a family with love through my faith. My wife is a wonderful person and example to me how she lives her faith. The day to day actions, words, and service I provide her and our children is probably one of my most important applications of my faith.