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Hi I'm Jarrett Shakespear

I'm a farmer, a pianist, and a lacrosse player. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 18 years old and recently graduated from high school. I am preparing to soon be a missionary in the Brazil Natal Mission and I can't wait to go serve! I played lacrosse for my local high school and enjoyed the sport immensely! I have played for 6 years and started as a sophomore. I started with my brother that was a senior that year and some of our good friends. We had a great time and almost won state that year! I also ran cross country on the side to stay in good shape in the off season. I loved that also because of the friends that I made and the fun times I had there. People say running is no fun, but it's not all that bad! A couple of my good friends and I picked up disc golf in high school. We had a teacher that was really good and we bought some discs and went all the time at lunch! I really love that. I live and work on a small family farm where we have a small herd of cows and a few alfalfa fields to take care of. I've woken up early many a time to do farm work whether it be in the summer or the winter. It taught me to work hard! I love music and I play the piano. I am not what I would consider a spectacular pianist, but I love playing what I can because music is something that I love whether I can play it or just listen to it. I'm not super into some newer types of music, but I love listening to Jack Johnson, Coldplay, and many other bands. I also love symphony music and solo piano music. Hans Zimmer's music is awesome!

Why I am a Mormon

My family has been part of the church for several generations, so I was born in the church. I was taught the gospel while I was growing up and I have never known much else, but even those who grow up in the church go through a conversion process just like anyone else. You can be taught by your parents and lean on their testimony of what they believe is right and wrong. But once you get older, you have to find out for yourself once you get closer to moving away from home. I can't think of a single definite moment of when I was converted. I just learned little by little over time. The spirit has testified to me many times while I am in church or when I am praying, that what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints teaches is true and that God, our Heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ live and that they love us more than anything, and I can testify of that. Through my own prayers and learning in the Book of Mormon and other scriptures, the Holy Ghost has witnessed to me that these things are good and true. We are here to learn and to become like God. He loves us and wants us to be able to return and live with him again. The Book of Mormon is true, which means the church is true and that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God and Thomas S. Monson is a living prophet today upon the earth. I know that Christ atoned for my sins and for the sins of all others so that we can repent and become clean. I am so thankful for Jesus Christ, my Savior, and everything He did for me. I love this gospel so much and it has blessed me so much that I want to share it with others because I know how much it can bless them!

How I live my faith

I have been a young man in my ward, so I went to a lot of the youth activities and did service for others, played games, did scouting activities, or many other things. I have been a home teacher for 4 years. I have had my dad and several others as home teaching companions and I have visited a lot of different families and found ways to help serve them. I have painted a lot of fence, pulled a lot of weeds, and even gone shopping for people. I am the ward priesthood pianist. So, I would play the prelude music and the hymns during priesthood each Sunday. I also participate in my ward and community through scouting. I have worked hard in scouting. We went on a lot of scout campouts and did a lot of service. I earned my Eagle Scout award when I was 15 years old. One of the most important ways I will soon be involved is that I am going on a full-time 2 year mission soon to Brazil. I am very excited and can't wait to serve the Lord by sharing the gospel with others and bring others to Christ.