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Hi I'm Jordan

I'm a husband, a father, a student, a teacher, and I am a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in the home of a teacher and had plenty of opportunities to move around as my dad accepted new jobs. I am the third of 5 children. We are all boy except for the last. She has 4 protective and loving older brothers. I married into a family that is just as great as mine. My wife is the 7th of 8 kids, 4 boys and 4 girls. They know how to make normal family gatherings turn into a circus! Marriage has been amazing. I love having another family and being able to learn and grow with them as well. I love to play sports but it tends to lead to me rolling on the ground in pain. It all started with one injury! First my back, then my shoulder, then my foot, knee, ankles, and everything else. I can't seem to play without an injury. I have found that playing with my kids is much safer than going out with the guys. My kids still aren't old enough that I run any risk. Spending time with my wife and the boys is my new favorite activity. I have 3 best friends who love me as much as I love them. They have become the center of my universe.

Why I am a Mormon

Choosing what to believe and how to act on my beliefs has been one of the most gratifying experiences of my life. Life is full of opportunities. It is not always easy to know which ones to pursue. The church has helped me learn what opportunities are going to lead to happiness and which ones will not. Because of my covenants, and the lords promises, I can trust that I will continue to succeed in finding happiness.

How I live my faith

I live my faith day by day. When I spend too much time focusing on the long term I get distracted. I have found that having a day by day focus really helps me succeed. I can do my very best today and if I make a mistake I can try again tomorrow. Jesus Christ and his atonement make that possible for me.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jordan
The word requirement is probably a bit too strong. One of the great truths of the gospel is that it must be shared. For many of us there is a great fear that sometimes keeps us from sharing what we know to be true. For me, the moment I felt the cleansing power of Christ's suffering for me, I wanted to share. My fear of not getting that blessing to others was greater than my fear of what they might think. I know that the Lord doesn't require it of us, but he blesses us with the opportunity so that we can share what we know with others. A conviction of the truth motivates us to share by choice, not by requirement. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Jordan
Interestingly, the church does not have corporate sponsors to subsidize these missions we serve. Most of what we do comes out of our own pockets. I started my lawn mowing business when I was 11 years old with my older brothers. I learned a lot about taxes and finances and it helped me to see the value in saving money for what I really wanted. I learned to save up for things that were important to me and pass up on some of the caprices of life. I payed for my mission with my own savings and the help of my parents. It was a blessing for me to spend so much of my time in the Lord's service. There was never a better investment! Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Jordan
When Christ established his church he commanded his disciples to "Go ye therefore and teach all nations." We believe that sharing the gospel today is just as important as it was then. Christ is the way, the only way, that we can return to our Father in Heaven. As we come to him and join with him in his work, we are naturally inspired to share. It's like when we find a great restaurant and want everyone to try it. I have come to know that Christ is my savior and there is nothing that I want more than to exalt my friends, family, and all of our father's children. I was able to show this through my work as a missionary for 2 years, and today I continue to show it by sharing the gospel each chance I get. Show more Show less