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Hi I'm Jorn

I'm so happy to know the answers to the big questions in life. That's why I'm a Mormon. Husband, father of 5, traveler, explorer.

About Me

I was born in the Arctic city of Tromsø, Norway. Winters are long and dark, summers are short with sunshine 24 hours a day. Soccer, skiing and biking are activities I learnt to love and still enjoy. I always wanted to travel and see the world, so as a 16-year old I cycled from Denmark to Africa with a friend. My LDS Mission took me to England for 2 years, I have studied in the US for 2 years and I have travelled extensively for work (information technology and organization development) and pleasure over the years. It's great to see new places and meet new people from different backgrounds. A 3-week trek in Nepal and climbing Mount Elbrus (the highest mountain in Europe at 5642 m) are among the highlights. Still, what I enjoy most of all is to be with my wonderful wife and 5 children, aged 2-19. Never a dull moment! Life is great!

Why I am a Mormon

My mother saw her dear brother get hit by a car and die before her eyes at a young age. This triggered a series of questions in her mind. Why did bad things happen? What is the purpose of life? Will we see our loved ones after we die? She wanted to find the true Church and find the answers to these questions. She had dreams about what the true church would be like before she found it, so she recognized it immediately when she was introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. These experiences left a strong impression on me, but I still had to find things out for myself. I have studied these things and it makes sense. I have prayed about it and it feels good, but the strongest "proof" to me has been the consequences it has had in my life. Without the Gospel in my life I would not have taken the education I did. I would not have married so young. I would not have had so many children (5). I would not have the peace in my life that comes from knowing who I am, I would not know the purpose of my life, and I would not have the direction and guidance I have in my life on a daily basis. All these things have given me incomparable joy and peace. I feel lucky who have come to know these things.

How I live my faith

The most important part for me is to know "the only true God and Jesus Christ" (John 17:3). To know them I have to communicate with them (prayer), learn about them (scripture study) and do things "together" with them (keep their commandments). Trying to become like Christ is a lifelong quest, and I fall short every day. For that reason I'm greatful for the atonement of Christ, which allows me a fresh start every week when I come to Church and partake of the Sacrament. In our family we try to pray and study together on a daily basis and every week we have a special family home evening where we share thoughts about Christ and his Gospel and share our talents and some good food. We try to see things in an eternal perspective and support and help each other and those we meet in our journey through life.