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Hi I'm Jared Hansen

I live in Meridian Idaho with my family. I am an artist, a runner, a cyclist, and a beekeeper. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently working for a local beekeeper as I prepare to serve my mission this fall. I'm taking an online class at BYU Idaho before I leave for my mission. I ran track and cross country in high school and I also enjoy cycling. I'm an avid artist and I enjoy doing pen and pencil drawings.

Why I am a Mormon

I'll be honest, I was born in the church so I didn't have much of a choice in whether or not I wanted to go. When I started junior high I started to realize how unpopular it was to be a Mormon, so I began to dissociate myself with the church and its members. Now, I didn't do anything totally bad at this time, but I wasn't doing anything good either. I still went to church but I was zoned out most of the time and I didn't care at all. For the next four years or so I went on living like this. During this time I lost a lot of good friends, and I became distant and angry. I thought somehow I was broken, that there was something wrong with me that made me this way. I was lost and afraid, afraid of what I had done and where I was going. Shortly after my older brother left on his mission he wrote me a personal email. In it, he asked me to simply read the scriptures. So one night, when I was feeling like my life was going nowhere, I knelt down and prayed to Heavenly Father. I asked if He was really there and what I was doing wrong. After my short prayer, I started to read the scriptures. Most of what I read were things I had learned from years of coming to church but I had never really understood them. However, when I started to read honestly, and with a real intent, I began to find all sorts of treasures. Over time I began to develop my own testimony, and I began to be more active at church. I know that our Heavenly Father loves each and every one of us. I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and he came to this earth to atone for our sins. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, called to restore the true church to a lost world. I know that although I am imperfect, I can be forgiven for my sins. My story is not miraculous, but it showed me that no matter where you look in the world, you cannot find the same comfort and solace that the Gospel brings.

How I live my faith

I spend some time every week preparing a lesson for church on Sunday where I go to teach the five-year-olds. It is frustrating at times and it often feels like I'm herding cats, but I love it. It may take a couple of starbursts to get their attention for five minutes, but when they are interested in what you're saying it's golden. It's amazing what these children know about their church and their Heavenly Father at such a young age.