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The Book Of Jared
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Welcome to the Book of Jared. No, I am not the Jared from the Book of Mormon, but I hope in spite of that fact that you will find something of value here on my site.

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About that narrow neck of land...

Whenever I have thought about the narrow neck of land in the Book of Mormon, I have thought about a narrow area with water on both sides. The other day, on Reddit, I came across an image that has made me change my mind …



On Politics and Gadiantons

The Book of Mormon was written for our day, and serves as a warning against the Secret Combinations™ of the Gadianton Robbers. Why did Mormon, and later Moroni, spend so much of the precious space on the plates with the …


The long and winding road... Part 1

Went on a cross country jaunt with my wife, a uHaul truck, and a thirst for adventure (and Coke Zero)... There are times when the best laid plans come back around and smack you in the face. In those moments, you …


Small and simple things...

Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise. Visit any of …


Stand in holy places, and be not moved.

Doctrine and Covenants Section 87 outlines the wars that are about to be poured out upon the world, starting with the American Civil War, but as always, the Lord provides us with a way to pass through and overcome those …


The other side of the other side of the prodigal son.

What can we learn from the parable of the Prodigal Son about how we are to act with our brothers and sisters that have gone astray? The story of the prodigal son is retold time and again in Sacrament meetings around …


The Seven Signs Revisited...

A friend asked me a while ago about my opinion on the seven signs mentioned in the Book of Revelation, and where we are in the process. Some new thoughts... I responded to her question with this post, but I have …


I learned a valuable lesson today...

I rented a car to drive from Chicago to Las Vegas, about a 22 hour drive. In the end, I discovered that the car's registration had expired and all four tires were completely bald. What should have been a 22 hour drive, …


Come all ye sons of God...

One of the reasons I became a Freemason is because of the fraternity I felt with my brother masons. I know I should feel that same affection for my brothers in the priesthood, but I don't, and I wanted to look at why I …