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Hi I'm Jordan

I grew up in Utah and was born into the Church. I enjoy writing sci-fi and fantasy and longboarding, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm interested in writing and am an avid reader. I primarily enjoy reading fantasy and writing science-fiction. I also identify as a geek and enjoy watching Star Trek and Star Wars, as well as quite a few other shows. I was a ballroom dancer for nearly 6 years and loved it, although I don't think I was very good. With the help of a few friends, a therapist, and others that were struggling under similar circumstances--but most especially from God--I have overcome an addiction. This above anything else has defined me and has influenced me in far more ways than I ever thought it would.

Why I am a Mormon

I struggled at length with an addiction and at around the age of 18 I seriously doubted whether or not there was a God. But it was more than that; I struggled with the idea that God would abandon anyone to misery in their mistakes. After praying and confessing my heart out multiple times, I realized my favorite song contained my answer. Heavenly Father, are you really there? Do you hear and answer every child's prayer? Some say that heaven is far away, but I feel it close around me as I pray. Heavenly Father, I remember now, something that Jesus told disciples long ago: "Suffer the children to come to me." Father, in prayer now I come to Thee. Pray, He is there. Pray, He is listening. You are His child. His love now surrounds you. He hears your prayer; He loves the children. Of such is the kingdom, the kingdom of heaven. It was a song that I'd heard multiple times throughout my life growing up inside the Church, but it's never had such a profound impact on me until I really needed the help, support, love, and guidance of my God. I knew great parts of the gospel inside and out, but it wasn't until I drew closer to Christ that I actually started to grasped what I knew. I testify that God is real, that He loves each and every one of us, that Christ performed the Atonement for us on an individual level, every single one of us, and that He knows exactly what we have been and are going and will go through. He loves us with a perfect priceless limitless stubborn love that we can never escape. I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I know that nothing else will draw me as close to my Savior as this Church and this Gospel will. I am a Mormon because I know with every fiber of my being that God loves me. And that is a truly precious knowledge to me.

How I live my faith

As a Christian and especially as a member of this Church, service is a natural part of worship to God. What we do to others, we also do to our Heavenly Father - thus, as we serve each other, we serve Him. I used to think of service as mowing someone's lawn when they're sick or helping them repair their house or move furniture - and it is! But it's more than that. I've found that I can also serve people by helping them understand principles of the Gospel. I try and live what I've been taught, but Christianity in particular is not an easy religion to live. It's not an easy lifestyle. Yet, I continue to try and be Christ-like, for the simple reason that I am an imperfect being that is going to slip up. I live my faith by my actions, by my deeds, by my thoughts, by my words, by how I treat others, by how I treat myself, and by how obedient I am to my Father in Heaven.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

This is a very personal question to me, because I am currently 20 years of age and have not yet served a mission. I know a few others that, for various reasons, are unable to serve a mission, despite a strong desire. For men, if we are able to go, it is our Priesthood duty to God to go out and serve Him for a dedicated amount of time. For women, it is their choice. Short answer: no. But if you have the opportunity to do so, do not treat it lightly, because the experience of serving a mission will be an incredible one. I've heard it said that a mission is the best experience of your life. However, I think a better idea would be to say that it will be an invaluable experience for your life, because it will be hard. Serving a mission may well be the most difficult thing you can do. However, it is also one of the most rewarding. Show more Show less