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Hi I'm Jarrod

I grew up in Japan. I'm an Eagle Scout. I love singing and basketball. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love singing in school and church choirs, acting, raquetball, and basketball. I did student council and the student newspaper in high school. I enjoyed writing for the paper and sharing my opinions with my peers. I have a special place for Scouting in my heart, and I have been a part of it since my Cub Scout days. I got my Eagle a few years ago and I'm so glad that I did. Scouts is such a great thing to be a part of and its fun to run into co-workers or employers that share that same special achievement as you. My family is an important part of my life. They are always there for me and I love them so much. I am so thankful that I am sealed to them for time and all eternity. They have been there for me even when no one else has. I wouldn't be who I am today without my parents' loving guidance and the support of them and my siblings.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my whole life. My parents are LDS and they raised me in the Church. It has been a strength and a blessing in my life. I grew up in a place where most of the time I was the only Mormon kid. I was raised to hold high standards and that felt hard sometimes when I was the only one among my peers that held gospel-centered standards. The small branch of members that I was a part of was very close and supportive, like a family, and that's one thing that I've always liked. Being the only member in elementary, middle, and part of high school, was hard sometimes but I was never truly alone. I would pray frequently and when I did so I felt closer to my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. I learned that by living the restored gospel of Jesus Christ that I was happier and I had more courage to stand up for what is right. I had the Spirit with me and I could feel God's peace. The Gospel blesses my life and I'm so thankful to be a part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know that this church is true and that it was restored by God's prophet, Joseph Smith, in these latter-days to prepare us for the Second Coming of the Savior. I am so thankful for my Redeemer Jesus Christ and for His atoning sacrifice that allows me to repent and be forgiven for my sins. This Gospel is truly wonderful and it will bless all who have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repent of their sins and change their lives to be more in harmony with the Savior's example, are baptized for the remission of sins by proper priesthood authority, and receive the wonderful gift of the Holy Ghost, which can bring guidance and revelation to us throughout life. The Gospel is true and it is the key to happiness in this life and joy in the eternities. That's why I continue to follow it.

How I live my faith

The Church is a huge part of my life. Living the gospel and its teachings is a lifestyle and its one that brings me joy and so many blessings. I am so grateful to be a part of a church where the members support and love each other. My ward is like a big family. Service is so important and I'm so grateful to help, not only those in our local ward, but also those in our community. Our ward has hosted blood drives to help our rural area medically. We also host many other types of drives to gather food, clothing, and supplies for the less fortunate. I have been called to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am serving in the North Adriatic Mission. Being called to serve as a missionary has been a huge blessing to me and my family. I love the work! Our Savior Jesus Christ atoned for my sins and through His gospel we can all return to live with our Heavenly Father again and that is why I feel it's so important to share this message with other people. We are here to have joy in this life and the ultimate joy comes from following the teachings of the Savior Jesus Christ.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Jesus Christ is the literal Only Begotten Son of our Heavenly Father. He is the chief cornerstone of this Church for this is His Church. It is for that reason that His name is on every Church meetinghouse in the world: the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. Through faith in Him, repentance, baptism by immerison for the remission of sins, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end we can one day return to live with God, our Heavenly Father. He leads and guides His church through His living prophet on the earth today just as He has done in the past in the times of Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Moses. When Jesus Christ was on the earth He set the perfect example for us. He established His Church and performed the ultimate sacrifice: the Atonement. Through the Atonement we can be saved from our sins and one day come back into the presence of God, if we choose to repent. Repentance is truly a wonderful thing. I have seen in my life that when I repent, or change my life to be more in harmony with God's will, that I receive peace and comfort and I am more happy. Jesus Christ was resurrected and because of that we all will one day be resurrected. After the resurrection we will stand before Him to be judged of the choices we made while on this earth. He will be the Judge. If we choose to follow Jesus Christ and follow His gospel then we will have happiness in this life and joy in the eternities. Show more Show less