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Hi I'm Jarrett

I'm a Mormon and I'd love for you to take a moment to hear my story. Any questions? Feel free to ask!

About Me

First and foremost, I am a husband and father. My wife is my best friend. We have four children who are full of energy and the spirit. We strive to have dinner together every night, go to church together each week, and have family night every Monday. I am a Family Physician, currently employed with the United States Air Force. I enjoy serving my country and helping the service men and women of the Armed Forces and their families maintain their health. I grew up in Montana, mostly in the Bigfork and Kalispell region, nestled against the majestic Rocky Mountains near Glacier National Park. I love the outdoors and taking in the beauties that our Heavenly Father has blessed us with. Hiking, camping, fishing, biking, and photography are a few of my hobbies. Now that we are in the Black Hills, we have picked up geo-caching, which is great to do as a family. Actually, most of my hobbies now are enjoyed with and centered around my children. I also love baking. My grandfather owned an Italian bakery in California and his ways have rubbed off on me, as desserts are my specialty! Speaking of my italian grandfather; since he passed away I have been very intrigued about by his family history, and I have developed a strong interest into researching and documenting it. I feel closer my ancestors as I do this.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of this church, first because my mother chose to be. She was a single mother with 3 children when she learned of the teachings of Jesus Christ. I was about 6 years old when she was baptized and I have been a Mormon ever since. As I grew in the Church, I began to realize that the teachings my mother held dear to her heart were true. I also had my eyes opened to how the Lord had his hand in our family's life and how we had been blessed along the way. Because of the strong faith of my mother, all of her children have stayed true to the teachings of Christ. As a teenager, many of my friends did not live their lives in accordance with the commandments. It was difficult for me to not let my morals slip, but as I chose to be clean, I felt good. I later moved to an area where there were many teens of the same faith. They encouraged me and helped me to become a better person. They are some of my best friends. At 19 years of age, I served a mission for the church (as many young LDS people do). Teaching and volunteering and serving among people that came from very different backgrounds than me, opened this small-town Montana boy's eyes quite a bit. I learned that they too were children of God, and struggled, and wept. But most importantly, I learned that living a Christ-centered and family-centered life brings the most joy. I also developed a love and a testimony of the Book of Mormon. It is true! Anyone who reads this book can come closer to Jesus Christ than by any other book. I believe that with all my heart. I continue to practice Mormonism, not because of my mother, or my leaders, but because of the blessings it has brought to mine and my family's life. I have a beautiful wife and children who I can be with forever. I love them. The teachings of the Church have shown me that their is a purpose to this life, that God does speak to man today and that his greatest desire is to have us live with Him someday.

How I live my faith

Currently I work with the young men aged 12-18 in our congregation. We work on Boy Scouts, personal development, and spiritual growth. I have the opportunity to teach them from the scriptures on Sundays and relating them to their lives. Once a week, we have youth activities; sometimes scouting, sometimes service projects, and others spending time with the young women of our group. It is very enjoyable to watch these young men grow. Yes, they are teenagers, and still have some things to learn, but I admire them. They go to schools where drugs and alcohol use as well as promiscuity are rampant. These boys hold strong to their values. They are not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They give me hope that the rising generation is and will be a greater generation than ours, IF they hold on to the teachings they know to be true. Our country needs strong men and women of faith to help us out through the hard times that lie ahead. I know that as they make it through the challenges of the teen-age years (theirs much more difficult than mine), they will be a light and source of strength to all whom they come in contact. I love working with the youth. It is difficult seeing some of them falter or make poor choices, but oh how rewarding it is to see them get back on track, or to see them stay steady in their determination to do good.