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Hi I'm Jordan!

I'm a hummer. I'm a stress baker. I quote movies...a lot. I'm pretty good at smiling and laughing. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently graduated with a degree in Special Education, with hopes of working with students with mild/moderate disabilities. About a year ago, I returned from serving a mission in New England. I miss Boston in the fall!!! I quote movies and burst into song with no warning. I tend to bake when stressed. I thoroughly enjoy taking pictures of awkward and hilarious moments. I'm pretty good at smiling and laughing. My family means everything to me.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because living the gospel has brought me happiness that can last. I'm a Mormon because questions about why I'm here and where I'm going are answered. I'm a Mormon because living the commandments gives me freedom. I'm a Mormon because my family can and will be together forever. I'm a Mormon because it gives me enough perspective to get through the road bumps along my path. I'm a Mormon because it all makes sense. I'm a Mormon because I prayed to find out and He answered my prayers, and continues to do so. I'm a Mormon because without the gospel, I would be lost.

How I live my faith

I spent 18 months as a missionary for the Church, inviting others to come closer to Christ and to bring more happiness to themselves and their families. I've spent time serving in the community after several natural disasters and with other churches and organizations. In the past, I've had the chance to teach young children in the church, to tutor children in music and school work, to teach the women in the congregation I was attending, and to spend time with people who have special needs. I've spent a lot of time working with the young women in the church, helping them achieve goals and have meaningful, spiritual experiences. Most of all, I do my best to live the gospel's teachings, to love and serve other people in whatever situation I'm in. I do what I can to bring sunshine into the lives of others and to help them feel more of Christ's love through my actions.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Jordan!
Imagine you're speeding through a neighborhood and all of a sudden you hear music coming from behind you and you realize that an ice cream truck is trying to pull you over. The ice cream man has good intentions. He knows that you need to be stopped from speeding for your own safety and the safety of others. BUT the ice cream man doesn't have the proper authority to issue you a warning or a ticket. On the other hand, when a police officer pulls you over for speeding, the ticket official and binding. If you don't pay the ticket, you are punished and serious consequences could follow. It is recognized by law and is recorded. For me, baptism is the same. If it's not done with the proper authority, it's not binding. That baptism by the right authority IS lasting and I am responsible for honoring the promises I make when I am baptized. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Jordan!
The only way that I've seen my faith grow is when it's tested. I can pray all I want to for increased faith, especially in a specific principle of the gospel, but unless I act, I won't see the results. I think specifically of commandments we're given that have promises attached. We can pray to know if it's really a commandment, but we won't have firm faith if we don't actually follow the commandment. When we follow, we see God's promises fulfilled. When we see that God does His part when we do ours, that's when our faith in Him increases. Unless we're willing to follow in His footsteps and take that first step, we're not going to get any closer to Him! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Jordan!
Each and every one of us has the opportunity to live forever. We will all live forever in our resurrected and perfected bodies, no matter what we did in this life. Resurrection is a gift given to everyone, and it's only through Jesus Christ that this is possible. Christ died and on the third day, he arose again in a perfect, immortal body. He overcame death for all of us. Because of Him, we all have hope of living forever with God again. Though resurrection is a "free" gift given to everyone, eternal life is not free. It is dependent on us and how we use our time here on earth. Eternal life means living forever in God's presence. There is a path provided to help us get there. There's a road map. We have prophets and scriptures to tell us what we need to do to stay on that path. We have to exercise faith, repent of our sins, be baptized, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and then we have to endure faithfully until we make it to that final destination. That may sound easy, but most of the time, it's not. The road is difficult! There's bumps along the way. We make mistakes and veer off that path. There's always a way back, though, and that's through Jesus Christ. Some people believe they can take whatever path they want and still make it to the same destination. There's only one path to make it to live with God forever. Other paths may look nicer or easier. They may not look as rocky or as narrow, but those paths won't lead us where we want to go in the end. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Jordan!
We can't make it to live with God again by ourselves. None of us has the power to do so. We need our Savior Jesus Christ to pick up where we leave off. In this life, we are commanded to do the best we can. We are here on earth to learn to become more like Jesus Christ. We can do that by keeping the commandments, following the prophet, and changing our lives to be more in harmony with what God wants for us. We don't get to God by works alone. We don't get to God by doing whatever we want here and then leaving it all to the Lord to make us worthy to be in His presence. We have to have both! In my own life, I've found that rewards are sweeter if I've worked as hard as I possibly can to earn them. It's the same with grace. It's available to all of us, but the reward of living with our Heavenly Father again is contingent upon our doing everything we possibly can to earn that reward. We need Jesus Christ to fix our mistakes when we make them, and He's always willing to do so, but we have to ask and act. Show more Show less