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Hi I'm Jared Maucotel

I am a violinist. I love to cook. I love the Northwest coast and I am a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, I'm Jared, and I am studying Violin Performance in college. Music has always been a very important part of my life and I love to arrange and compose pieces. When I was 4 years old, I told my mother I wanted to play the violin. She prayed to know if this was a good path for me. She felt impressed that I should begin learning the violin. I loved every moment of it. Even when I was just beginning, I remember happy daily practice with mom, and weekly lessons with kind teachers. When I was about 16, I began teaching violin to a few students. I loved it! I also love camping and hiking. Wonderful scout leaders and parents helped me become an Eagle Scout. I love being in nature, especially in forests and mountains.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that God has restored His gospel upon the earth today in its fullness. He has put upon the earth prophets and apostles to lead and guide us. I love the words they speak, testifying of God and Jesus Christ. I grew up in the church, but I still had to choose to follow God for myself. I had to come to know for myself that God does live and He hears my prayers. I did not have any huge, life-changing miracle that witnessed to me the truthfulness of the gospel, but rather, thousands upon thousands of small, daily occurrences that witnessed to me that the gospel is true. Some of these things are as simple as the beauty of a stunning sunrise in the morning, a feeling of peace and love when I am praying, or studying the scriptures, or even the calm I feel when I ask God for help. Prayer is the key to knowing whether or not this gospel is true. My personal conversion to the gospel occurred through countless prayers. I know that every prayer is heard and answered in God's time. If we pray with the sincere intent to seek the truth, God will witness to us the truthfulness of it. When I graduated High School, it was a scary time for me. Nothing in my life was for sure. I was unsure if I should go to school immediately, or if I should serve a mission first, where I should go to school, and even if I was capable enough to be accepted. My parents and I prayed a lot during that time and I know that we all were blessed for our efforts. I was able to get into the college I wanted to, and even received scholarships to enable me to go and I knew this was God's plan for me. God loves all of us and wants to reach out to us. If we reach out to him by praying, study His words and the words of His prophets, ancient and modern, we can come to feel his constant love and peace.

How I live my faith

My faith in Jesus Christ guides my life and helps me to live with purpose. I love the stability and confidence that following the Gospel provides. I love to serve in my church and community to help share the peace and joy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. A large part of how I live my faith is through music. I love to perform beautiful arrangements of hymns in the church choir and with my violin during Sunday services. I enjoyed choosing hymns for the congregation to sing during Sunday services and it reinforced my testimony of how the spirit can teach and testify through music. I also enjoy serving in my community. I love to teach, especially younger children. Their energy and happiness is infectious. I volunteered weekly to teach at a violin group lesson where I helped teach very young children music reading and performance. I have really enjoyed performing in a number of volunteer orchestras. One of my favorite is a yearly sing-along performance of Handel's "Messiah" during the Christmas season. It is wonderful to hear so many voices sing that powerful music Handel was inspired to write. Our church also performed theatrical productions, free for the community. I have participated both as an actor as a member of the pit orchestra and had a wonderful experience. I loved the closeness of the cast and orchestra. Currently, I am serving a 2 year mission. I will spend the next two years of my life serving the Lord and teaching people about His love for them and His desire for us to return to him. I am excited to spend this time working to bring others closer to Him, and in turn, learning more about Him myself. After I received the call, I prayed very fervently to know if it was correct. I felt peaceful and warm inside, like someone was hugging me. It was a wonderful confirmation that God had an important work, just for me.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Jared Maucotel
A testimony is a personal witness that leads to conversion. It is almost never a result of a grand single event. Even for those who have received great spiritual signs, a testimony is often developed over time, piece by piece, year by year, experience by experience. It is sometimes compared to a fire. For a fire to be kept alive, it requires a constant source of fuel. Tinder can briefly make the fire brighter and larger, but it soon burns off. As the fire grows steadily larger, larger pieces of wood are required to keep it growing. If ever it is left alone for too long, it begins to die and grow smaller. If it is neglected for too long, it dies away to coals, or goes cold completely. A testimony, or a knowledge and a belief in the gospel is the same. Like the tinder, a grand spiritual experience can be used to begin a testimony, or briefly make an individuals belief in God and Jesus Christ stronger. However, if not fed by the spiritual fuel of prayer, scripture study, and repentance, the flame of an individual's testimony grows weaker and dims. On the other hand, as we grow and cultivate our knowledge and belief in God, we can seek for greater light and knowledge. We can progress to understand God and Jesus Christ more fully. Show more Show less