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Hi I'm Jordan

I was born and raised in central Utah. I work at a prep boarding school. I've been married for 11 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a guidance counselor and record-keeper at a private prep boarding school. I LOVE science fiction, hiking, college football, and modern music (New Wave, Alternative, Indie-Rock). My wife and I have been married for 11 years. We do not have any children due to a medical issue my wife has which causes infertility (maybe that's TMI, but I think that's important to share).

Why I am a Mormon

Although my "Mormon" ancestry goes back many generations on both sides of my family, I have made the choice to be a member of the Church. Just because I was born into a Mormon household doesn't mean I just accepted it blindly. I've prayed and felt deeply compelled by the Book of Mormon. There are truths in that book that complement the Bible so perfectly. There is no question in my mind that Jesus Christ lives now. Today. And that He is my Savior. Through Him I am forgiven of my sins. Because I believe so strongly in the Book of Mormon's truth, it follows that the man who translated it was called and inspired of God. That man was Joseph Smith. I am a Mormon because I have discovered that this is who I am inside. It feels right.

How I live my faith

I participate in my ward currently as a clerk. What that means is I help our bishop (much like a worship pastor) in serving the people that live in our neighborhood. I live my faith by praying daily and reading from the scriptures. I also try to act as Jesus would act.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Jordan
The Bible teaches us of God's promises given to his children. It gives us a witness that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the world. The Bible is essential to my faith. Through it, we have witness that God makes promises to his children and his children are blessed if they keep their end of the promise. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Jordan
Temples are not churches. Everyone is welcome in our churches on Sunday or any other day there's something going on there! Visitors can walk through temple open-houses, and there are books published showing pictures of the rooms inside our temples. So there is really nothing secret about the inside of temples. After a temple is dedicated to the Lord, it becomes His house. At that point, admission is only by recommendation from local church leaders. Just like the ancient temple in Jerusalem, only certain people are admitted inside at that point. What goes on inside the temples is sacred to me. I don't discuss it in detail. Essentially, I make promises to God and He promises wonderful blessings if I am faithful. In the temple I am married to my wonderful wife forever. Death cannot separate us. My son died because he was born too early. Because of promises made and kept in the temple, he is also part of my family forever. Time cannot separate us. I also research my ancestors and make the same promises on their behalf. We believe that, just as Christ suffered and died for our sins, we too can help others by making promises on their behalf. Keep in mind that personal choice is essential to all of these promises. We believe very strongly that the individuals we do this for can either accept or reject these promises that are made on their behalf, just as some people choose to accept or reject Christ's suffering. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Jordan
Joseph Smith was a normal young man. Like many of us, he was searching for truth and he had a conviction to do God's will. He was curious as to which of the local churches he should join. He and his family read in the Bible that if we have questions, we can ask God and that God will answer. He went to the woods near his home and asked God in prayer what he should do. Now I believe that Joseph Smith was not the first person to ask God this question. However, in response to Joseph's prayer, God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him personally. They told him not to join any church at that time. I believe that their appearance was not just in response to Joseph's prayer, but to thousands that had been offered through the centuries after Christ. Because Joseph proved himself faithful, God chose him to bring about a promised restoration of truths that had been lost. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Jordan
If baptism is needed to enter Heaven (and Mormons believe it is) wouldn't it be important to God and to us to authorize someone to conduct that baptism? Even though the purpose of baptism is to promise to follow Christ, Jesus chose to be baptized himself. In making that choice, he went to John to be baptized. He traveled from Galilee to Jordan, which is probably about 25 miles, to have John baptize him. John had the authority from God, or Priesthood, to baptize. Any action taken with that authority comes from God for the benefit and salvation of God's children (you and me). That authority is called the Priesthood. Peter, James and John the Beloved also had authority given to them through Christ. All authority that was given to these men anciently was given by them to Joseph Smith. That authority has been handed to worthy men since then. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Jordan
Speaking as someone that sees how church funds are used to help people in my neighborhood, the answer is no. Luke 10 tells of a lawyer that asked Jesus, "Who is my neighbor?" The Savior gave the wonderful parable of the Good Samaritan. I don't want to repeat it all here, but suggest you read it. Because that's what we do. We "go and do thou likewise." We don't ask who our neighbor is because we know we are all sons and daughters of our Father in Heaven. We don't place limitations on who we seek to help. Show more Show less