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Hi I'm Jordan.

I'm a Mormon. I'm a scientist.

About Me

Having a Master of Science in Chemistry I work as a forensic toxicologist. It's a very entertaining job. I have been married for a handful of years and have two beautiful boys. They are two years apart but share the same birthday! If I am not spending time with the family I have my nose buried in a book or playing some sport outside.

Why I am a Mormon

 I was raised a Mormon and was taught the plan of Salvation since I can remember. I gained a testimony of our Savior when I was a young child. The principles I have learned through out the years have enabled me to gain more freedom- spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

How I live my faith

 I live my faith by example. I am not a talented public speaker, nor am I great at breaking the ice. I feel if people see someone living gospel principles they will be more understanding. I find great joy serving in the Lord's temple. There is something special about researching names, dates, and places of my ancestors and being able to perform ordinances on their behalf.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

 No. A beauty about the gospel is our agency to choose. We are encouraged to participate in civic duties such as voting. We are able to choose and stand by political ideas regardless of political endorsement. However, we are encouraged to stand by those ideas that are in harmony with the gospel. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Jesus Christ taught in order to enter the kingdom of God, all men must be born of water and of the spirit. Illustrating this point, and as the perfect example, He was baptized to fulfill all righteousness. He was baptized by immersion by John the Baptist, who had authority to act in God's name. Heavenly Father desires all His children to return to His kingdom and presence. Knowing not all His children would be able to listen and accept His plan from authorized servants, He provided a way that all may have the opportunity. Those that did not get a complete chance to accept the gospel in their mortal life will have a chance in the spirit world. Mormons perform baptisms for the dead in hope that the person they are baptized for has accepted God's message beyond the veil and wants to enter His kingdom. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Joseph Smith was the first prophet in these latter-days. Joseph wanted to know which church was governed by Jesus Christ, or which church was true. As an answer to his prayer of which church to join, God the Father and His son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him. Under the direction of our Heavenly Father, Christ answered Joseph and told him to join none of the churches, for none were His true church. Christ's church on earth today, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. Saving ordinances, such as baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, are performed through the priesthood of God. The priesthood was also restored through Joseph Smith. Show more Show less