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Hi I'm Jared

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father. I am many other things in addition, but these two titles are the most important to me. My wife is a lovely, intelligent, strong woman with a passion for education. My children are often hilarious, usually well-behaved, regularly rambunctious and always loved. I work as a writer, educator and instructional designer. I have taught English as a Second or Foreign Language for about ten years, and have also taught Portuguese. I am working on rewriting my first three novels and am also writing two more! I recently put the final touches on my MA degree in TESOL/Instructional Design and have begun working full time as an instructional designer. My hobbies include writing, hiking, playing with family, talking to my wife, gardening, reading, watching movies and more gardening! I live under the Wasatch Mountains.

Why I am a Mormon

I had a somewhat unusual childhood. I was born and raised in what is best described as a cult. I did not grow up with my family, but instead spent my life with the other twenty children of the group. We were semi-homeschooled and were sheltered from the world. I left that group when I was seventeen, having decided I could not believe in the God that they had taught me- a God of vengeance and retribution, one that changed and didn't seem to have a plan for His children. After missionaries worked with me and then offered to return to visit with me when I was ready to make changes in my life, I had an experience during which Father in Heaven reminded me that He was there, He loved me, and that it was time for me to make changes. That experience in all of its sacred wonder has influenced every day of my life. I joined the Church soon after, feeling certain that it was the right path for me. Since then, I have served a mission in Brazil, returned home and married, had six children and live with extraordinary happiness. Why am I a Mormon? Because the scriptures, the Spirit of God and my own spirit confirm that this is the true Kingdom of God. Not only that, as if that weren't enough, the fruits of my faith and obedience to the commandments are beyond compare. I was happy before I became a member of the LDS Church. I am far happier now, and I live with a certainty that God has a plan for me and my family and that I will be even happier as I live according to true principles.

How I live my faith

I joined the Church when I was about 18 and a half, and since then I have had a wide variety of callings. I taught children Sunday School, served in various groups for young men, and got to serve as Assistant Scoutmaster. I have also been a teacher for adult Sunday School and am currently serving our congregation's men as a coordinator for service. I love to visit people in their homes and share testimonies and experiences, scriptures and doctrine. In connection with my assignments, I usually visit about five to ten homes each month. This is my favorite aspect of service in the Kingdom of God.

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints uses the Bible as scripture, depending on it as the Word of God. The Church also uses the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ as a companion set of scriptures which further illuminate the beautiful truths we find in the Bible. Because one of the distinctive features of this church is our use of the Book of Mormon, years ago the nickname 'Mormon' was given to early church members. This nickname stuck. While we do not worship Mormon, who was a prophet who compiled the teachings in the Book of Mormon, we love him and all prophets. It's certainly no insult to be associated with this great man. With all of that being said, calling members of the Church 'Mormons' is perfectly fine. It's so important to remember, however, that we worship God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. We abide by the precepts revealed in scripture and through prophets and we worship no man. Only God. Show more Show less