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Hi I'm Jared

I'm an Australian who loves the beauty of this country. I enjoy friends and a good book. I'm a son, a husband and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I come from a multicultural family. My mother was born in Australia, descended from Irish immigrants. My father immigrated from Ecuador in the 1970s. I grew up in a small family with one brother and one sister. I'm now married myself and live in Central Australia. I competed a bachelor of music degree and love to sing. I also just love to spend time with my wife and extended family.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was young my parents attended church meeetings and my mother tought me about the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. When I became a teeanger my parents stopped going to church. For a while I wondered why they had gone in the first place. I began to read the book of mormon and the bible to gain a better understanding. Though my reading was short and far between, I began to see that Father in Heaven was always trying to teach his children everywhere in every land. I saw that he had a plan for us to return to live with him. This understanding was not however the thing that changed me. As I learned more, I also wondered more. I wondered if anything I was learning was true. I figured if it was true, it was the most important thing I could know and commit myself to. for several weeks it troubled me because I was not sure either way. Finally I did what I should have done earlier and I knelt down and prayed to Father in Heaven and asked him what I should do. During that experience everything was brought together for me. God showed me that Jesus Christ was my saviour and lived and saved me. I also learnt that Joseph Smith was the Lords prophet who was called to re establish the church for the modern day. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has brought so much richness and strength to my life. I know that he loves me and wants me to share this love with others.

How I live my faith

When I was younger I was privileged to be a representative of the church of Jesus Christ in the Republic of Kiribati. There I taught people about the gospel of Jesus Christ and invited them to join his church. Now I try every day to follow the teachings of Jesus. In my work, I try to serve my colleagues and provide help where I can. In church, I am a member of a group of men who work together to help and support each other; and we also provide assistance to people who need work, food and even just a hand in the garden or moving furniture. I love God and want to know more about him so I read scriptures and pray so I can receive inspiration for my life. God guides me and helps me to know how to be a better person. I try every day to follow this guidance.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Jared
The only way you can know for sure is by the power of the Holy Ghost. It will leave an indellable impression upon you. If you sincerely (as in you realy want to know) ask Father in Heaven and have faith in him by following his teachings, he will tell you it is true by the power of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Jared
Everyone on this earth are children of God. He has made a plan for their happiness. When they take the time to listen to the message, they see the goodness of this church. They can see the hand of God in it. In the church they will be able to be at home again with their brothers and sisters. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Jared
The First Vision is how we refer to the first instance when our Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ appeared and spoke to Joseph Smith. Joseph wanted to know which church to join but was instructed not to join any. Later, through other visions and revelations from God, the Church of Jesus Christ was restored again to help God's children return to live with him. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Jared
Husbands and wives roles are to love and look after each other. Once children come along, their priority pivots to the children, however, loving and caring for each other is essential in nurturing your children. Husbands and wives need to negotiate with each other in order to provide the best home environment for their children. I do not have any children yet, but I hope my wife and I can do this for them. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Jared
The book of Mormon was mostly written by an ancient prophet named Mormon. He used records from other prophets before his time in the ancient Americas to write portion he wrote. He also included direct writings from earlier prophets, Nephi and Jacob, at the beginning of the book. Mormon was inspired by God to compile this record. It is testimony to us in modern times that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that he speaks to his children on earth. I found out that it was true about 18 years ago. I really had no idea whether or not it was true, but I read it and prayed to God that he would show me whether it was true or not. I was answered by the spirit of God and can say now that it certainly is true. Show more Show less