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Hi I'm Jordan

I love living life, making friends, and eating reeses. My life is average and I am a Mormon. I Carazy!

About Me

In the shadow of the great mountain of Ben Lomond I live in the city of Ogden. There, I grew up with my two younger brothers and a community of close friends having epic battles and adventures. I served a mission in Tallahassee, Florida and met many awesome new people! I love swimming and swam competitively in High school. I love getting a big group of friends together and playing ultimate frisbee or soccer. I just like playing any game night or day that gets me sprinting. I also like the stealth aspect of night games a lot. My favorite book is a tie between The Reality Bug by D.J. Machale and Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card. I also like Jurassic Park, The Foundation series, the Harry Potter series, The Great and the Terrible series, and wouldn't you know it, the Bible, and the Book of Mormon. My favorite movies of all time include Inception, Sherlock Holmes, The Prestige, and Jurassic Park. My favorite music artists includes Shiny Toy Guns, Crystal Castles, The Prodigy, Muse, Martin O'Donnell, Spor, Future Prophecies, and anything else with a good bass beat! I love lucid dreams, crazy twists, and the roar of a T-rex! My favorite phrase? Shablasm!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that this is the True Church. I grew up in the Church but that has not stopped me from questioning and exlporing whether it is true for myself. I have read the Book of Mormon and the Bible, and I have prayed to know that each of them is true and that together they teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God has answered me again and again every time I have prayed to know these things. Now, when I read the Book of Mormon and the Bible, I feel my soul being fed by the things I learn and I love reading and thus "feasting" on them. It is a strange feeling to explain, but as I read and learn from these Holy Books, I can feel something inside me growing and thriving.The closest thing I could describe is excitement and joy! I love this feeling and sometimes can't put the scriptures down to read something else! Because I know both of these books are true I know that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior, and that God has again called a Prophet on the earth. Thomas S. Monson is currently that Prophet and I know that following the Prophets, living and dead can only bring joy. 

How I live my faith

After returning home from the mission I was called as Young Men's President in my Ward or neighborhood. The Young Men are boys 12-18. My two counselors are my two best friends that got home from their missions about the same time as I did. The Young Men are split into 3 classes: Deacons (12-13), Teachers (14-15), and Priests (16-18). My counselors and I are each in charge of teaching one of these classes or quorums as we call them. The titles of these classes designate offices of the Priesthood which the Young Men are called to. I love that the Lord calls young men to receive the Priesthood, it is a great way to begin serving Him and to learn duties and responsibilities. We teach the Young Men the Gospel of Jesus Christ, usually in discussion settings. We also have weekly activities that correlate with Scouting. We prepare the young men to be missionaries and worthy husbands and fathers.  A big part of living my faith that I will do all throughout my life is studying. As I read the scriptures, listen to the teachings of my Prophet and leaders, pray to my Father, and ask questions I am taught by the Holy Spirit. I know that doing these things strengthens me for the challenges of each day so that I can try my best to represent my Savior. I have also found great joy in serving other people whether it is by service projects, cleaning houses and yards, teaching, and the daily simple acts of kindness we all like recieving from others.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Jordan
Definitley Not. As a missionary, one of the first things I do when I see people is offer to help them with whatever they are doing at the time be it yard work, painting, carrying groceries, etc. This same idea of helping all people is taught long before the mission field and we are all encouraged to do what we can to help other people. As a Cub and then Boy Scout I learned the motto: Do a Good Turn Daily. The Scout program in conjunction with the Church has helped me keep my eyes open at All times to help anybody and everybody. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Jordan
All things denote there is a God. I love that the Book of Mormon talks about this ,Alma 30 verse 44, that you don't have to look any further than the planets in their regular orbits or the changing of the seasons to know there is a God. The organization of matter into different elements and the laws of nature such as gravity are constant. If we were just depending on chance in our lives that law of gravity would sometimes not work and everything would be chaos. Look at Quantum physics and see how truly improbable our world should remain so constant. This example pretty much sums it up for me "If, after seeing a room in chaos, it is subsequently found in good order, the sensible inference is not that time is running backwards, but that some intelligent person has been in to tidy it up. If you find the letters of the alphabet ordered on a piece of paper to form a beautiful sonnet, you do not deduce that teams of monkeys have been kept for millions of years strumming on typewriters, but rather that Shakespeare has passed this way." Matthews, Nuclear Apple, 143—44. The fact that everything is organized and constant tells me there is a God. What more evidence do I need? And yet, the greatest evidence that I can ever have is the witness of the Holy Spirit that there is a God. I feel His presence near me and I know because of these deep impressions in my mind and on my heart that He is there and that He loves me! Show more Show less

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

Jordan
As missionaries we will share the Book of Mormon with everyone. We will share how by reading and praying about it, everyone can know that it is true. We show how the Book of Mormon answers any questions like "Where are we going after this life?" and "What is the purpose of life?". We teach and answer questions about everything about the gospel of Jesus Christ, so that everyone can know exactly what our Church believes and thus have an opportunity to accept or reject it. Most importantly, missionaries try to help people feel the Spirit. We often talk and get to know you, your needs, desires, hopes, and fears and show you how the Restored Gospel, what we have, can benefit you in your very personal individual life. Families are very important to us and we invite you to have your whole family involved in learning and discussing our message. If you have Latter Day Saint friends, you can always ask them questions too and they would love to have you and the missionaries at their home for lessons. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Jordan
I am the oldest in my family and often I have felt like I was "Experiment #1". At these times I wished that I had an older brother, someone who could tell me how to do things right and succeed. As I have grown up and started reading the scriptures more and more, I have slowly realized that I do have a big Brother. He is the best big brother anyone could ever ask or hope for. He is perfect and He is always there to carry me when I cant do it alone. He loves me so much that He even suffered and died that I might return to be with Him again. He IS Jesus Christ, my personal Savior, He is THE Son of God. Though I cannot see Him right now, he has left notes describing Himself and telling me what to do in any situation I might find myself in. These notes are the Bible and the Book of Mormon, all of the words from the Prophets. He Lives as the single greatest example ever and I can't wait for the day that I can follow the trail of notes to where He is waiting for me, ready to embrace me in His arms again. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Jordan
I had a Sunday School teacher that explained this to me. He drew an illustration of two deep pits between us and living with God again. The first pit is physical death. Jesus Christ made a bridge through his sacrifice that we call the Ressurrection. This is given to everyone freely, after death we will all be resurrected. We don't have to do anything to activate His grace in recieving our bodies and we are all saved from death. Now the second pit is spiritual death; being away from God's presence. We are in this second pit right now. Christ, by his grace, has provided a way. He has placed a ladder that should we Choose to climb will take us into God's presence forever. The rungs of this laddder are the principles and ordinances of the Gospel that we must follow. For this second pit "it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do." 2Nephi 25:23 To those who say that by grace we are saved from both pits without any effort I respond from Romans 6 "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" Paul powerfully teaches that we have to be obedient to all commandments, to have grace fully active for us. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Jordan
The main reason the Church practiced polygamy is because God commanded it at the time. I have wondered why a lot and as I have thought about it I have determined that God commanded this because of the large number of widows and families with single parents. Due to persecutions, mob violence, and war, many children lost their fathers or mothers. More than anything, this practice was to support these families giving food, shelter, and parental love and teaching. This is not the first time in the history of this world that the Church practiced polygamy and in all cases, the moment it is no longer necessary, God tells us to stop.  This belief is supported by the official statement from the Church "The Lord’s law of marriage is monogamy unless he commands otherwise to help establish the House of Israel" Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Jordan
Visitors are most definitley allowed and encouraged. People generally dress up but any modest clothing you feel comfortable wearing is allowed. Our Church services are divided into three, one hour blocks. One hour is what we call Sacrament Meeting where we partake of the bread and water to renew our baptismal covenants. We also listen to selected speakers from the congregation and the first Sunday of each month listen to any person from the congregation who wishes to share their testimony about Christ's gospel. Another hour is Sunday School where we divide into classes for our level of understanding or age for children and youth and learn more about Christ's gospel. The final hour is Priesthood or Relief Society where the men meet with their priesthood quorums and the women meet in Relief Society to discuss needs of people in the area and to learn how to better help and serve people. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Jordan
The Book of Mormon is actually a collection of 16 different books. Throughout the History of the Book of Mormon, 600 BC to 400 AD, different Prophets wrote what God commanded them to write for the benefit of the people and eventually for our benefit. Mormon was a Prohphet, who lived about 400 AD in the ancient Americas, who took these separate writings and put them all together into one set of records. This was a long and difficult task and he tells us often that only about a hundredth part of all the records he had could be put into the Book of Mormon. He also added his own commentaries explaining, at times, different concepts that we would need to understand about their culture, government, geography, and even their forms of currency. The record is called the Book of Mormon to honor this Prophets sacrifices and diligence in collecting and preserving these records. He knew that we, right here and now, would need the Book of Mormon and he made sure that we would get as much spiritual knowledge as possible when it was revealed once more to the world. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Jordan
We as missionaries are encouraged to save money long before our missions in preparation for paying for our missions. The Missionary department has worked long and hard to make funding for missionaries as equal as possible. I believe they have the cost per missionary set at a constant $10,000 for the mission that we as missionaries pay. This money is used to pay for food, transportation, electricity, rent, and every other expense that is necessary. Some areas of the world, or even the country, cost more than others and so this constant $10,000 is given to the Missionary department and they divide it among missions and missionaries based on their needs. Sometimes missionaries can't afford the cost for the mission at which times the missionaries family, and local church community (ward) will help them pay for things. Show more Show less