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Hi I'm Jordan

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a small farming community in southern Idaho, USA where my hard-working parents taught me and my siblings--4 brothers, 2 sisters--the importance of self-reliance, compassion for others, and understanding what is needed to reach our full potential in this life. While my siblings and I certainly "had our moments" and were a bit rambunctious growing-up, we all feel privileged to have had the loving parents we did. It is with pleasure that I know my siblings as some of my closest of friends today. The majority of my youth was spent on a baseball diamond, though I did enjoy playing basketball, football, soccer, running track, and participating in most any other sport. My love for the outdoors was only enhanced as I was active in Boy Scouts as well. Upon completing high school and attending a year of college, I had the opportunity of serving a two-year proselyting mission to the wonderful people of central Florida. I then returned to college to study psychology--a decision that ultimately led to my completing graduate school and becoming a mental health/family counselor. During my undergraduate years, I met and married the beautiful woman I know today as my wife. We now have three fun-loving children who, while occasionally "having their moments," are pretty darn good little kids. In fact, when not working, I can often be found jumping on the trampoline with, telling stories to, playing catch with, tickling, wrestling, etc., etc. our kids. 

Why I am a Mormon

Having been raised in an active Mormon or Latter-day Saint family, I was introduced to the gospel of Jesus Christ from an early age. I recall being taught the life experiences of our Savior and the accounts of ancient prophets and apostles--Moses, Abraham, Peter, James, etc.--throughout my growing years. As a child, I knew Heavenly Father loved me enough to provide me a Savior, even His Son, Jesus Christ. Accounts of ancient prophets contained in the Book of Mormon only confirmed for me what is written in both the Old and New Testaments, with the Book of Mormon standing as another testament of Jesus Christ. Having been baptized as an eight-year old boy, I still remember the peace and comfort I felt as I came out of the water knowing such feelings were confirmations from the Holy Ghost that I was on the path our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ would want me on. I have known, and continue to know, that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I know the priesthood, or the authority to act in God's name, is necessary for the Lord's church to function. Knowing we have a prophet today who holds the priesthood keys to head Christ's church on this earth at this time is comforting to me, as it testifies that the gospel of God our Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, is the same yesterday, today, and forever.   

How I live my faith

While certainly not perfect by any means, I try to live each day better than the one before. Knowing we can be saved by accepting and applying the atonement of Jesus Christ, I also recognize the need to be obedient to His commandments and repent as needed. One commandment of great significance is that of being baptized. Having chosen to be baptized by one holding the proper authority to do so when I was eight years-old, I then had the privilege of receiving the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost--a most precious gift and tremendous influence our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ desire for us to have and maintain throughout our lives. While I strive daily to keep Christ's commandments, I do make mistakes from time to time. This is where my appreciation for the principle of repentance has grown. In spite of my imperfections, I find comfort in knowing Heavenly Father will forgive me when I have sincerely confessed and truly forsaken that which is contrary to His will. While I find daily prayer and scripture study to be necessary for my spiritual growth, I also find pleasure in serving others, teaching my children, holding weekly family nights, regularly going on dates with my wife, leading a Boy Scout troop, and in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with others. To have had the opportunity to serve a full-time proselyting mission was both challenging and fulfilling. While some were not interested, had misconceptions about the Mormon or LDS faith, and/or had other priorities at the time, it was always amazing to witness the joy that would emulate from those who actually took the time to find out for themselves, through sincere study and prayer, whether or not the teachings we shared were true.