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Hi I'm Jared

I grew up all over the US. I am a Marine, a husband, father and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for 9 years and we have two children. I work as a consultant now, previously I had been an officer in the Marine Corps but we felt it was time to leave after my 4 years as we wanted more time as a family. I enjoy the outdoors, this is my first year to go deer hunting so I am hoping to have something to brag about at the end of the year in that regards! I enjoy fishing, hiking an climbing. My wife and I enjoy doing Tough Mudders together and our kids are asking to join us in each of the activities. I enjoy discussing religion. The problem is that I don't want to argue about it so in person is very rare and most online forums are built more for arguing as opposed to discussing and learning. So, I thought I would try using this forum.

Why I am a Mormon

Often times people think that I am a Mormon because my parents are. Although, I don't argue that plays a part, it is not really true. I have my own family and life now and to be honest, being a Mormon is not always easy. It creates awkward moments at work - generally speaking in public. No, the reason I am a Mormon is because I have found that through the Book of Mormon, I have been able to draw closer to my Savior and God. I find peace in guidance from my Father in Heaven through the Holy Ghost as I seek Christ in the teachings of the prophets - both ancient and modern. I do not proclaim to have all the answers, but I know that I am a child of God and that I may return to live with Him, along with my family, if I submit my will to my Savior, Jesus Christ. I find that peace can be found in this life as well as promised for the life to come as I follow the precepts of the gospel.

How I live my faith

Faith guides me in my life. My wife and I seek guidance from our Father in Heaven when we make career change decisions, when we need help with our children or even with each other. I remember growing up thinking that repentance was a bad and shameful thing, but I have come to find it quite the opposite. I find greater peace in my life as I seek ways to improve. I read the scriptures almost daily and we have developed a great routine of personal and family prayer in our home. On Sundays, we avoid work (such as yard / house maintenance as well as my actual job) and tend to spend time playing board games as a family or piling on the couch and watching a fun, family movie (I usually fall asleep during these). At church, I am a Sunday School teacher for 10 & 11 year olds.