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Hi I'm Jared Rich

I'm from Vacaville, California, I'm an avid student, I'm interested in medicine, I'm a future missionary, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 20 years old, and a high school graduate. I've always loved learning and education, and have an acceptance letter to attend Brigham Young University. I've also had an interest in the medical field, with a longstanding love of helping other people. I've volunteered at my local hospital, earning a scholarship for excellence during my time there. I'm an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, an award that only approximately 2% of all members achieve. I have a great love of the outdoors and the wildlife. I'm also (rather unfortunately) an avid Sacramento Kings fan. I have fulfilled an honorable 2 year mission in the Utah Salt Lake City South mission under the direction of President Chambers and President Lansing. Most importantly, I am a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. I love him and want to follow him.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been lucky to grow up in the Church. It's been a defining part of my life. However, simply being raised in the Church mean very little in continuing to follow the Church. As a young man, and especially in the year following up to my mission call, I've put in prayer and fasting and sought out the scriptures over this gospel. I believe it to be true. I have seen what it has done to my life and the lives of those who it has touched, and I know that if people follow the message of this gospel with real intent, it will change you into a better person. I offer you to try this gospel and let it strengthen you and uplift you.

How I live my faith

In order to follow Jesus Christ, action is required. We can talk about good things all day, but what matters is the doing. I find comfort, guidance and strength spiritual by doing things such as praying for sincerely (important, that sincerely part), studying scriptures, and of course attend church services. On top of these core things, I have enjoyed service opertunities as they have come around, probably developed through an excellent youth program from home. I also dabble a touch in family history, which gets more and more fascinating the more I do it.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Jared Rich
As I've gotten my mission call, I've had time to reflect on why we do go out as missionaries to proselyte. They will have personal reasons for why, but we all believe in one thing that unites us: that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to us, and that it should go unto all the world. This gospel blesses the lives of those who accept it and live by its precepts. I know that I've been blessed as I've lived the gospel, and I wish for others to be able to partake of this amazing opportunity. Lives are changed, forgiveness and mercy are extended, and people are united through the restored gospel. The joy is worth the trials that are a part of the experience, for as someone comes to know our joy is full. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Jared Rich
Not at all! This may take some background information first though. 1) The Church promotes industry and denounces idleness. 2) The Church has responsibility to take care of its own. 3) The Church takes VERY careful accounting and responsibility for the funds it does receive. It represents the sacrifice of many inside the church or out. With this being said, let's jump in. The Church aids those in need. However, there are a lot more people with various and complicated issues, so handing a person a check and saying good day doesn't quite cut. The focus is to help the person help themselves. Much aid is given by helping a person struggle back to financial stability by something such as a stable job, etc. if money is used, often times it will be in the form of groceries or the like rather than raw cash. This is the typical method of welfare in the church. Outside this, the church is an active responder to world crisises, mobilizing to be an effective force in bringing peace and stability to those affected by disaster. There are many medical outreach programs, education support, etc that the Church does that applies to us all. Show more Show less