Saturday, February 23, 2008

Up's and Down's

So I was told that I had to post this or my beautiful wife would do it for me. I do love the idea of having a blog and don't mind what we write being public but I'm not to into sharing my feelings sometimes. Well or family was given good news after I tested with BPD and NPD and even ADA. I felt like I could have done better but I'm the worst self critic. I did good enough to be #1 on Nampa's list. The LT. called me and offered me a polygraph and an oral interview. I'm still on the list with Boise PD. Well to the point of this post. I recently made a trip up to see the in-laws and before we left I reviewed my schedule for the next week and was preparing for my oral interview with NPD. I pulled out the info packet and when I did I got a bad feeling. I glanced over the info and I noticed that packet had to be turned into the HRO for a back ground check. The packet needed to be turned in before the 8th of FEB. I felt like it was no big deal because the LT. called and I thought that I was good even without turning it in. I was wrong. I called and left a message on the Lt's phone and he called me back to tell me that I was unable to go on with my processing to become a police officer. Now that is a kick in the nuts. I knew it was my fault that and that I would have to re-test. He told me that he wanted me to go on and test again because they were impressed by my resume. He said that he had noticed my combat exp. and Spanish lang. and my Secret clearance. You know they want my Espanol with all the Mexican people in Caldwell Nampa area. I thought that with all those things I would be a shoe-in. I was wrong. I will still put my applications in with the CIA, FBI, and NSA. Who knows I think that doors close and many more are to open. I still wait to hear from BPD. Those are the downs. The ups are things that are really obvious to me. I'm not away from my hot wife and two great boys. I'm not in 130 deg. weather in the middle of Afghanistan getting bombed and shot at so that is a plus huh? We are members of the true church and have great family and friends. I have had to learn somethings the hard way. I never will take the truth or opportunity for granted to tell those that I love that I love and appreciate them. Lies are not the way to go. Life is valued more than money. I had the opportunity to share the feeling that I had for my church and Savior Jesus Christ. My dear friend and Brother in Arms during the war just received his mission call.
I'm going to tell this so my kids and their kids can read that good things can happen in times of death and destruction in a war. My friend Brian came into our unit and he was young and mature at the same time it was unique to see that in a 19 yr old male that had not gone on a mission. He turned out to be a member but had not been to church since he was 12-13. He was on a path of drugs, sex, and alcohol. One day we were all talking about church and my brother Travis and I were the only members in our platoon. People started to ask about the church and kind of poke fun of the beliefs and out of nowhere comes Brian defends it. He and I got on the topic later on and he told me that the church was good but he didn't know if it was the only true church there was. Brian and I had these run in's through out the deployment until one day he came to me and ask me to explain things about the church. For the next 4 months Brian kept me on my toes with question that I had to look up because I didn't remember. Brian went from doing things that weren't good to a non- smoker (cold turkey in a combat zone full of stress) Props to Brian. Brian and I would stay up all hours going through the missionary discussions. He read the The Triple combination in 1 month cover to cover. He wanted to know things that I knew he would not find out until he asked the lord if they were true. We finally reached the end of our 18 month tour and Brian had changed beyond all recognition of his family and friends. People thought that he was joking about not wanting to "party" anymore. He had changed his heart even in a time that good things don't happen. Brian told me that I'm the reason that he is were he is today and that he loved me for the help that I was to him through the tour but the thing is is that Brian was my guiding light through the darkness and helped me to fell things that I had forgotten from almost 10 yrs ago on my mission. I know that there are a lot of reasons that I was called to defend our home and church but the the real reason was to bring back a lost sheep to the fold and to have the Holy Priesthood in a land that it has been gone from for a long time. Brian has changed my life. He has been called to serve the lord in the Baltic mission speaking Russian. He has made the choice at the age of 23 almost 24 to serve the lord. He has served in war and now will get the chance to serve the lord with the guidance of the spirit.
Those are the good things that mean more to me then missing some job opportunity. Jared

13 comments:

Mandi said...

Wow. I am sorry to hear about the missed opportunity, but I must say that was a great post. This is the side of you that we don't get to see very often because you are always so crazy/happy/fun. I like to hear your thoughts and stories on things like this. That is amazing about your buddy....very uplifting. I know that there will be MANY things to come to you in the future, you will be an asset to whoever is smart enough to snatch you up first. good luck. We love ya!
Mandi

Tom said...

.........that's my boy!!!

Elizabeth Cranmer said...

great post Jared! You have a great perspective on your life, something to truly value! mandi is right, whoever get you will be very lucky! Good luck in your endeavors. keep us posted!

Kerry said...

Sorry that I am not very good at keeping in touch but fortunately Jeni is. She told me about your post and so I just read it. That's great about your friend. Just goes to show that no one is beyond the power of the Atonement. I'm impressed with your ability to maintain spiritual focus during your tour when others around you were not encouraging that activity. As for the job, I think you have the right focus and another one will come down the pipe, likely with more opportunity. If you're still in touch with some of the old fellas tell them I said "hi" and I'll try and do better about keeping in touch.
Later,
Kerry

angie said...

you still rock....and you know it ;)

mumovearls said...

I think team R.A.D. and R.A.D. are Rad!
Ok joking a side I am Proud to call you my brother-in-law, You will find some thing bigger and better soon. Remember it is not always a choice between good and bad but a choice between good and better. there is something out there that you should be doing, take it one step at a time!-n

Lindsay said...

I'm sorry Jared! I really think there are good things to come...

Stephanie Kay Moore said...

Thank you for your thoughts. There is definitely good beneath any bad. I'm sorry for your missed chance, but something good will always work out.

Naylor Family said...

Hey Frogley's-do you remember me?? Shellee(Gale)Naylor? I think it was about 5 years ago the last time I saw you! You guys sound like you're doing great! Congrats on your 2 boys! I'm glad Jared gets to be home and be with the family. Myca...what a trooper for being able to have Jared gone, I think I'd have to go to a loony hospital without my hubby for that long! I remember your guys' 1st date! Anyways, my sis told me she bumped into your blog from somebody in your old married ward that you guys were in together, so I thought I'd check it out! Good things will definatly come, probably a better opportunity! What a great experience you were able to have, what a blessing for you and your friend. You probably don't realize how much you helped me right after I graduated understand the Book of Mormon when I was going through my "I'm stupid about my religion" issues. Thanks for that. Keep in touch. www.jsnaylorfamily.blogspot.com
Shellee

The Hatch Family !!! said...
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The Hatch Family !!! said...

Okay, so it looks a little funny that I deleted my message but after reading on about your great experiences well, the good far out way the bad! You are still the same great, sweet, funny Jared I knew back in the day only more blessed because you have a very hot wife and two darling, handsome boys. Your family is beautiful! Thank you for your comment it has been soo long and I always find myself reminiscing on the past influences back in the day that stand out in my mind! Jobs come and go and the Lord will bless you for your patience, He is probably setting up some incredible position that will open more missionary experiences for you...Those experiences are one in a million so your wife is very wise in trying to keep you centered on the good things that life offers you when least expected, so keep the faith and kiss your HOT WIFE and Cute boys because you know you are loved! Good luck and stay strong,
Jamie

ashleyboice said...

jared...i have tears in my eyes. That is awesome and your kids will want to read that someday. I absolutely loved the post.

Samantha said...

Great post Jared. I loved the story.