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Hi I'm Jordan

I love the Savior Jesus Christ and His teachings. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a new father pursuing a PhD in Information Systems. I'm always trying to learn more about the world. I'm also a musician, a piano and guitar player. As you might have guessed, learning is key in my life. Thus I'm always going through new changes and challenges as I learn more about the world, business, the arts, and myself. Most importantly, I also love learning more about Jesus Christ and His plan for us. My family and I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the happiness that it brings to our lives. I love how the teachings of the Savior can help me no matter where I am in life - in school, at work, or with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

Being LDS makes me happy. Learning the teachings of the Church, sharing them with others, reading the scriptures, and praying to God about things I know because of being a member -- these are things that all bring peace to my heart. The teachings of the Church have helped me to become more like the person I want to be. I have considered carefully the teachings of the Church and the teachings of other faiths, and I feel the Lord's Spirit teaching me that there is no better place for me. While the people of the Church are not perfect and there are many people with much criticism of our faith, there is much more good to be found if you open your heart. I cannot deny what I know to be true. The teachings and blessings of the Gospel are true. I know they are.

How I live my faith

One great thing about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the opportunity to work with and serve other people with the same values. Each week, members of the Church meet together in a congregation, and this is a great opportunity to meet new people and to be strengthened by them. Even better is the opportunity to serve others. I like taking part in the service activities that happen in the Church, and taking advantage of opportunities to help the poor and needy. The Church has taught me to give freely of my time and resources to help those less fortunate than myself.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jordan
No. In fact, no member of the LDS Church is required to serve a mission. However, missionary work is very important to Church members. Because we are happy to have the teachings of the Church in our lives, we naturally want to share with others. Even those who don't serve full-time missions do missionary work in their own area. Men and women between the ages of 19 and 26 are encouraged to participate in a full-time mission where possible. Retired couples are also often invited to consider a full-time mission. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Jordan
No. Because Mormons attend Church with the same people each week, they often form a tight bond with other members of the Church around them. Because of these tight friendships and more knowledge of current needs, Mormons help fellow members quite regularly. However, Mormons are taught to, and do very willingly, help others not of our faith. The Church donates millions of dollars toward humanitarian work each year, and members are strongly encouraged to help the poor and needy, regardless of their faith. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Jordan
Members of the LDS faith attend weekly meetings at Mormon churches. These meetings are open to all, both members and visitors. In these meetings we learn about the Savior's teachings and strengthen each other through various classes. There are classes for young children, teens, men, and women. There is also a meeting where people of all ages meet together to remember the Lord's sacrifice for us, and to partake of the sacrament as he instituted. The Mormon temples are a place where members of the Church go to make sacred covenants with God, such as covenants to obey the commandments and live moral lives. Because temples are a place where sacred covenants take place, only those members of the Church who have proven themselves worthy are able to attend the temple. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Jordan
The missionaries teach people the basic doctrines of the Mormon church. Usually, in the first visit to a home, the missionaries teach about the need of prophets, the life of Jesus Christ, and the restoration of the gospel by the prophet Joseph Smith. They teach the necessity of having a prophet on the earth to speak in the name of the Lord. They teach that when Jesus Christ was on the earth, he organized His church and called apostles and other leaders of the Church. They teach that after the original apostles died, the authority of God was lost from the Earth. While many righteous people lived after this time, God did not restore His full authority to the Earth until He called Joseph Smith as a prophet. Finally, in the first visit the missionaries explain the background and purpose of the Book of Mormon. In subsequent visits, the missionaries usually discuss the plan of salvation, the key parts of Jesus Christ's doctrine - faith, repentence, baptism, reception of the Holy Ghost - and the commandments and revelations that God has given us through His prophet in recent days. More than anything, the missionaries wish to invite people to come unto Christ - to get to know Him through the teachings of the Church. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Jordan
In the LDS Church, a group of people who meet together is termed a ward or branch. This is synonymous with what other churches call "congregations". A branch is a smaller congregation in an area of the world where there are fewer members of the Church, and a ward is a larger congregation. Wards and branches meet together every Sunday to worship the Savior together. Each ward and branch has a system of leadership to guide the congregation. A group of wards and/or branches is called a stake, which also has a set of leaders to guide all the members in the wards and branches with the stake. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Jordan
We believe that it is only through the grace and power of Jesus Christ that we can be saved from the effects of sin. Jesus Christ suffered and died for everyone on the earth, and gave everyone the opportunity to repent and come unto Him. Without grace, we would be lost. The Mormon Church teaches that certain milestones called "ordinances" (such as baptism) and obedience to commandments (and repentance when commandments are disobeyed) are necessary to return to God. This is true. However, it does not mean that the ordinances and the obedience are what saves us. We cannot save ourselves. It if weren't for the saving grace of our Savior Jesus Christ, our obedience and ordinances would not be enough for us to return to God. Because Christ suffered for us, we have the opportunity to come to Him through obedience and ordinances. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Jordan
The Book of Mormon is a book of scripture that testifies of Jesus. It is similar to the Bible, and supports the Bible's teachings about God, Jesus Christ, their mercy, love, and teachings. The Book of Mormon does not seek to replace the Bible. In fact, the LDS Church uses the Book of Mormon in conjunction with the Bible. The Book of Mormon also tells of a people who lived in the ancient Americas, and of Christ's visit to them after his resurrection. We believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and God of all people on the Earth, and that He visited others besides those living in Jerusalem and that area of the world. The Book of Mormon gives us testimony and teachings about Jesus Christ. I love the Book of Mormon. It has helped me be a better person and a better disciple of Christ. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Jordan
We believe that women and men are equal. The priesthood is not a way to put men above women in any way. In fact, a large portion of priesthood meetings focuses on how men can do better at being thankful for women, showing love for them, etc. The priesthood is given to men as a responsibility and assignment, not for glorification. The scriptures teach that any man who unrighteously exercises authority is not acting in the way God intends, and that man is in danger of losing his priesthood. Men and women are given distinct assignments by the Lord. While He has given men the priesthood with the assignment to lead meetings and bless the lives of others, He has given women different responsibilities. The women of the Church do wonderful at serving others through the Relief Society organization. There are women called to lead that organization, to lead the young women, and to lead the children's organization in the Church. Without the contribution and leadership of women, the Church would not live. Show more Show less