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
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