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Hi I'm Jared Carter

I was born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia. I am a 2016 grad, an avid basketball player, and Eagle Scout. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 2016 graduated senior. I love playing basketball and played basketball all throughout high school for the Western Albemarle Warriors. I love to swing dance as well and been learning country swing dancing for the past several years. I've played piano, guitar, ukulele and trombone-for my high school Jazz Band, Marching Band Symphonic Band for the past four years. I love to sing as a baritone and bass in my high school choir, and church choir. I'm an active Eagle Scout, and love the outdoors. I've hiked over 250 miles of trail in the past few years in the Appalachian trail and at Philmont Ranch in New Mexico. I'm will be serving a Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints in the Colorado Denver South Mission in the Spanish Language after which I will attend Brigham Young University.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints because I love it. I have read the Book of Mormon and the Bible and know them to be the word of God. Through our study, discipline, and practice of the teachings in them and our modern day Prophets I know that we can receive a remission of our sins and live with our families for eternity. I know that the Word of Wisdom is true and that if we live by it we will be strengthen by the lord. I also know that this is the only true Church because it has the Priesthood of God under the proper administered under the proper Authority. I know that Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God and that he restored the Church to the earth.

How I live my faith

I've been an active member of my ward and church community, service projects and seminary. But I feel that the best way I have lived my faith is through my example to others. Over the past four years, I've been 1 of 15 Mormon students in my High School of 1000. Not only that but I was one of a few who was actually religious. Because of this I came to realize in the middle of my Sophomore year that even though I was not actively preaching my beliefs, they noticed. People began asking questions ranging anywhere from "Who's that Joseph Smith Guy?" to crazy ones like "Do you worship seagulls?". Seriously someone actually thought I worshiped seagulls. And the questions came unceasingly, from everybody. Sometimes it seemed there were whole days at school where I would only talk about religion with some of my closest friends. And I loved it. It was through the bearing of my testimony day after day that has helped me live my faith and solidify my testimony. Though I did not convert anybody to the gospel, I realized that we speak louder than words. During my Junior year of High School. I was a key player on the Varsity basketball team. The regular season had just ended and we were matched up to play against Monticello for the District Championship. Not only were they our cross town rivals but we needed to win to advance to Conference. But scheduling issue the game had to be moved to Sunday meaning I wouldn't play. As I went to practice the day before I was angry that I wouldn't be able to support my team in such an important part of our season. When I went to tell my coach I was surprised that he already knew that I would not be playing. Several of the players had already told him and thought it was unfair. He told me that he had respected my decision. I know that is was through the way that I lived that I was able to set a positive example to my teammates. It is through daily small and simple actions that we live our faith.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Jared Carter
Religion is not an occupation, it is a way of life and the way you live. Our clergy are not paid because it is a service and a calling from God to help further his work. People and communities should not have to pay a man's income to attend church or religious services. Show more Show less