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Hi I'm Jordan

I'm a father of 5. I'm a husband. I can't live without my iPhone. I treat every Friday like a holiday. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Las Vegas, NV. A 24-hour city always seemed to be normal until I moved to Texas. Why shouldn't I be able to get chicken wings at midnight? After serving an LDS mission in Dallas for 2 years I promised myself I'd never live in the south again. I escaped the south for a short stint in St. Paul, MN. But have spent the past several years in Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana. I have a great wife who is like glue that keeps everything together in our life. Our kids are absolutely perfect and are hilarious and crazy and unique. We also have a family dog - but our dogs aren't really pets as much as they are members of the family.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up having faith in God and Christ. I learned that in the Lutheran Church. Because of my Christian upbringing I've always felt a strong pull towards the Gospel, scriptures and truth. When I was 18 I had so many unanswered questions that were eternal in nature. For example, I was curious about the nature of God - the ancient creeds that we read from each week just made a Father in Heaven seem confusing and nebulous. It was hard for me to pray to Him. I had a friend at that time who shared her testimony with me of her church. She was LDS. She taught me about Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon and what what it meant to have an additional book of scripture. I couldn't believe what she was saying. It seemed sensational, or even ludicrous, that our God could and would talk with people today in the same way that He spoke with people anciently. As I learned more I eventually became converted through the Holy Ghost. It wasn't anything that someone said but rather the Holy Ghost, or the Spirit, convinced my mind and my heart of the truthfulness of the restored Gospel. Once I had received this conviction from God Himself, I knew that the LDS church was the true church of Jesus Christ. God does call prophets again, as he has done throughout history, and He does speak to people individually through His Holy Spirit. I have received this same confirming peace many times as I choose the right and as I strive to live as my Savior Jesus Christ commanded.

How I live my faith

How do I live my faith? I usually have a basic assumption that if something is too easy, too quick, too good, etc. that it's probably not the right thing to be doing. That isn't always the case - but trying to continuously bring my life into conformity with the teachings of my Savior is generally a challenging thing to do because of the world in which we live. I receive a lot of support from my family and friends. I have a wonderfully strong wife who sets an example for me in all that she does. Her faith is amazing. My kids also continue to teach me about how to be a good person. Children are so innocent and pure that it's hard to ignore the simple truths in their observations and thoughts. I always take comfort in the fact that I can choose my friends. I'm in control in that arena. Because I'm in control, I am going to surround myself with people who are good, who are on a similar journey in life as I am and who will help me to realize my full potential. At least once a month in our church we have a meeting that is dedicated to people sharing their conviction of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is called a "testimony meeting". I am continually encouraged by other people who have had the Holy Ghost testify to them of sacred and eternal Gospel truths.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Jordan
ABSOLUTELY!!! Why wouldn't God call prophets today? Hasn't He done so throughout recorded history? The Bible is a collection of prophetic writings that span thousands of years and are from numerous different prophets. Each prophet is called to preach a specific message that the people need to hear at that the given time. The idea that God calls prophets in these days, as He has always done, is proof of His love for us. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Jordan
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has three missions: Perfect the Saints, Proclaim the Gospel, Redeem the Dead. Baptisms for the dead remind me that Jesus Christ is a Savior to all people who have ever lived. Baptism is a commandment in order for someone to enter Heaven. Not every person has had the opportunity to hear the Gospel or be baptized. Therefore, we have a great opportunity to do this work in behalf of people who are already deceased. A great vicarious work for people who can't do something themselves. Show more Show less