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Hi I'm Jared

I grew up in Utah Valley. I love to play tennis & basketball. I am going to Mexico for two years to serve the Lord. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently just graduated from Spanish Fork High school, where played on the tennis, and basketball teams. I was born into an amazing LDS family. I am planning on leaving for two years to serve as a missionary to Puebla, Mexico leaving June 11th. Ever since I was young I have always enjoyed the outdoors, mainly camping and hiking. Right before my senior year my sister and I were able to go to Guatemala with a humanitarian group, and we both fell in live with the people there and hope to return someday.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into this church I really didn't feel like I was a part of it until recently. My personality has always been one that needs more than just the basic doctrines to really believe I need all the facts first. Because of this I kinda fell away from the church during my high school years, I even had a plan to join the military and become a doctor instead of going on a mission. Then all of the sudden one day I had a talk with my bishop, and I pretty much came out and said I really am struggling with believing in the church right now. I felt really alone because even though I was doing everything I was supposed to and had studied and searched the scriptures for answers it didn't seem like I was ever going to really get a answer, but almost all of the kids in my young mens group (many of whom I knew were not doing what they were supposed to) seemed to already have a perfect testimony. My Bishop ended up telling me after a long talk that for the next two weeks he wanted me to just forget about all the problems I had and to act like I believed. Those two weeks changed my life. I challenged myself to read the book of Mormon cover to cover before the two weeks were over. At first it was really hard and exhausting, but a week after I started I came across Alma 32:27-28 these verses pretty much said that faith doesn't only come through knowledge, you first just have to believe and let the spirit work inside you. Right after reading this I hit my knees, and alone in my room I prayed to God asking him to help me believe just that much so that I could develop my faith. It worked I received my answer after a couple more days, and realized that I was supposed to go on a mission. That is why I'm a Mormon. Its not because my family is, or somebody told me to, but because God answered my prayer and gave me enough faith to follow him.

How I live my faith

For me living my faith is all about serving others. Right now I am serving as my priest quorums first assistant (Its the youth leader of all the young men ages 16-19 in a ward) I use this calling to reach out and befriend and fellowship others who need help. I also plan and lead all the meetings and activities for the young men in my ward (about 17 guys my age). Our church also gave me the chance to serve my neighbors in a program we call hometeaching. I was put in charge of several awesome families where I was able to do a lot of good. There was this elderly couple that I used to help that had a grandson my age living with them that had cancer. My father and I made several trips to the hospital, and helped them out around the house whenever we could. Right now I'm hometeaching this older lady in my ward that is 88 and living alone. She is so funny I go visit her as much as I can, and do all sorts of little projects for her and then share a short message about the Savior. I just received a call to serve as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to the Mexico, Puebla North Mission. I am so excited to be able to give up two years of my life to help other people come to Jesus Christ so that they can have the same blessings and joy that I have right now. I choose to show God that I will follow him by my actions, and I am so grateful for these callings because they put me in positions where my actions can make a difference in other peoples lives.