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Hi I'm Jared Read

I grew up in the Salt Lake valley. I have been a member of the church all of my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I went to public school alongside of nearly 1000 students in my graduating class. I love sports and run competitively on my high school running teams. On Saturdays me and my friends will round up a group of other guys and start a game of soccer or ultimate frisbee. I live at home with my parents and younger sister. I have 3 older siblings that have grown up and moved out to live their own lives, but they all live close by. We visit and spend time together often. I love each and every one of them and am so grateful to have them in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this gospel. In all honesty my testimony was an echo of my parents’ testimony, and I had no ownership of it. I didn't know for myself about the truthfulness of this gospel. But as I grew and tested the faith that I was borrowing from my family I had experiences. Experiences that I cannot explain other than they came from a heavenly source. When I learned something new about this gospel it opened the door for me to learn something else even deeper, more complicated, and more personal to me spiritually. I have no doubt that this gospel is true. It has helped me overcome so many trials and helped me prevent other trials that would have been devastating had I not been prepared beforehand. I am a Mormon because it not only helps me to be a better person in this life, but also because I am sure it is the path to happiness in the next life.

How I live my faith

The Gospel teaches us that we should live in the world but not be of the world. I do everything else that my friends with a few exceptions. The commandments that I have covenanted to keep are conservative and designed to make me and those around me happier than we would be without the added blessings I receive. By staying away from addictive substances I may lose popularity, but later when I'm in a race or on the field I have full control of my body. By keeping Sundays sacred I may miss out on good times with friends, but I have the added peace and reassurance that comes from a day of rest. By keeping my speech clean and avoiding vulgarity I have more room to express myself, and I can better control my thoughts. I live my faith by trying to be a little better tomorrow than I was today. By improving little by little I can have true joy from accomplishment, a broader skill set, and closer relationships. Keeping those commandments and the covenants I've made is no longer a restriction, but an empowerment.