Hi I'm Jordan Stowell
I love writing songs! I love music! Piano and Ukelele are my favorite instruments, besides singing. I've had Tourette's since 5 yrs old, and it hasn't been the easiet thing. But I found music to be a God-given tool in my life for a very specific reason. I've really connected with music. I kinda look at it as a temporary "cure" for my Tourette's. At the end of long stressful days and endless minutes of twitching out, with my body all tense, I can always find a piano to sit at to "play out" my stresses. I've always loved staying active too! Ultimate frisbee is one of my favorites! Me and my friends used to get together all the time to play, until they all left for college and church missions. No biggie though, I play pretty much any sport with anyone! Everyday, I try to see what I can do to help brighten someone else's day. When people around me are happy, so am I. It's that simple. Ever since I was a kid, my biggest dream has been to become a songwriter and to put fun, good, uplifting music out in the world! I'm still persuing that dream. I know God wants me to take this gift He has given me and use it for good in some way. In all my life, I just love makin' a difference in whatever way I can! If ya wanna know more about me, 'bout Mormons, my family, etc. or anything! I'd love to talk to ya and get to know you better!
Why I am a Mormon
Even though I was born into the gospel, I had to gain a testimony of my own. I eventually had to have my own conversion story. Bit by bit, little by little throughout my life so far, my testimony has grown into the strong immovable foundation it is now. The happiness this gospel brings, and the joy I receive from living the gospel, which comes from me having a testimony, is what makes me love being Mormon! I have this great knowledge of where I came from, where I'm headed, and how to get there. Everything I learn in this gospel feels complete. So why would I ever stray away from this TRUE and AMAZING gospel?!?
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
I have never been a reader. I have always hated reading as long as I can remember! But when I decided to start reading the Book of Mormon, just because I knew I should, a miracle happened that changed my life. Because I showed God I was trying to read the Book of Mormon everyday, He blessed me with the ability to read a little more each day. Soon, I actually had a desire to read and learn of the doctrines taught in that book. I started gaining an even stronger testimony of this gospel, the truthfulness of it, and the reality of it too! That God actually lives, He loves us more than we can comprehend, He honestly knows the best path for us and He will give us guidance when we ask for it with patience and long-suffering. What started as something difficult for me to do, turned into a tremendous learning opportunity; and the more I learned about God's love for His children, the more grew to be thankful for Him and loved Him even more! At this point in my life now, I have such a crazy strong desire to learn more and more about this gospel and the incomprehensible happiness it brings that I wish I could share it with every person I meet!
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
God gave us each our own unique talents so we can lift others around us! Not to gratify our own pride. One of the talents God has given me is Music! Playing the piano, singing, and writing songs. I'm very grateful for this talent because of the great positive effect it has on people around me. Now that I'm out of the house, my mom and siblings always tells me how much they miss my piano playing in the home. In Alamo, Nevada on my mission, I was invited to play the piano a few times in church. I was surprised how many people afterwards came up to me to thank me for bringing "an amazing spirit" into the meeting. It really makes me happy to know that I can be God's hands to bring a little more good into other's lives. Music is very influential! And I know God gave me this talent for the benefit of those around me, not for myself. If you think about it, everything that we know about "our own destiny" is selfless and meant to serve others. Musicians make music for us all to enjoy. Doctors help heal people and save lives! Artists create amazing paintings and drawings for us to have in our homes. Soldiers protect our country. Teachers help us gain more knowledge. A Parent or Guardian raise their kids and teach them good moral values. Whatever our talents, gifts, or destiny, they were all meant for and given to us to help the world AROUND us spin a little more smoothly :)
How I live my faith
WITH COURAGE! I stand up for my standards no matter what the situation is. I know God is always watching and because I love Him, I don't ever wanna disappoint Him. Everyday I choose to make it a GOOD day. As long as I say my prayers, read my scriptures, and do something selfless its a GOOD day. I also write songs that have a good spiritual message behind them. Music is very influential, and I think the world needs more music that encourages us to do better things. I tell my family I love them all the time because, well, they are my family and I love them! All that I do in my life feels COMPLETE. one of my favorite quotes is: “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” -St. Francis of Assisi