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Hi I'm Jordan

I am a swimmer and philosopher. I TA for Logic and am completely irrational. I love my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently serving a mission in Leeds England. Prior to my mission I was attending a university in America as a Philosophy major and intend on continuing those studies when I return home. I love to snowboard with my dad and I have spent an unhealthy amount of my life in the pool training. When I was ten years old I lost my older brother to brain cancer. He was my only sibling and my best friend. My experiences surrounding that loss have made me the person I am today. More importantly, the faith I developed in order to survive that ordeal has changed the way I see the world. Junior year of high school I co-founded a cancer relief organization at school and even after I have graduated, the organization continues to raise and donate money to help kids like my brother fight cancer. I have such a great appreciation for life and do my best to live life to the fullest. I spent a large part of my teenage years moving around a lot. From the age of twelve to fifteen I attended four different schools finally ending up south of London in the UK. My experiences attending an international school there have helped me realize how small the world really is, and despite cultural differences, we really are all the same.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church but that doesn't mean I didn't have a choice. My parents always tried really hard to get my brother and I to think for ourselves, to question authority where we believed it should be questioned, and to make our own decisions. As such, when i turned eight years old, it was left entirely up to me to decide if I wanted to be baptized into the church. As I considered my options, I remembered seeing how happy my older brother was when I saw him get baptized. I knew that I wanted that same happiness, so I chose to be baptized myself. As i grew older, my faith was tested when my brother died. In times like that, many people tell themselves that there can't be a God because things like that happen. For me, something completely different happened. I felt at peace knowing that his suffering with chemotherapy was over and that he was in heaven with our Heavenly Father. Experiencing something like death at such an early age has made life itself one giant spiritual experience to me. I feel the spirit when I swim, as it testifies to me that my healthy body, my personal temple, is a gift from God. My testimony has grown as the spirit uses my ordinary everyday experiences to teach me things. I could never forget the truthfulness of what I know because I am reminded of it everyday. I know this Church is true and I know Christ is my savior. Most importantly, I know that because of Him I will get to see my brother again.

How I live my faith

I do my best to volunteer whenever I can. Recently I had the opportunity to teach a sunday school class for 14/15 year olds because their teacher was going out of town. I think the best way to learn the Gospel is to prepare yourself to be able to teach it. I love speaking in church meetings whenever i am asked to do so because it helps motivate me to study a topic deeper than I had before. I think the biggest way that someone can live their faith, however, is through service. Service, done out of pure love for another human being, is the essence of the Gospel of Christ. My family has been blessed to be financially well off and we are aware that there are many who do not have that same blessing. At christmas every year we try and find someone we know who could really use some help. In memory of the brother I lost, we prepare a christmas gift we know they need, such as gift cards for food, for clothes, for a little entertainment, or any other necessities. In whatever manner works best, we deliver the gift anonymously in hopes that they might feel a little more of the love of our Savior at that special time of year. When people ask me what I do as a missionary, I don't tell them i try and convert people. I tell them I try and help people. It is my strongest belief that this Gospel is a source of help and of guidance to the world and I can live it best by serving my fellow man. Nothing makes me happier than knowing i have helped someone else find happiness.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the single most important event in all of human history. The Atonement consists of Jesus' suffering in the Garden of Gethsemene, His suffering and death on the cross, and His resurrection. Through the Atonement, Christ satisfied the unforgiving demands of justice by paying the penalty for our sins. Through obedience to His gospel, we can come to Him in faith and be cleansed of our sins. This cleansing is essential to gaining entrance to the presence of our Heavenly Father for a fulness of eternal joy. The Atonement, however, does much more than just that. Christ suffered not only the penalty for our sins, but also all other pains, suffering, affliction, and sorrow that we would ever feel. In doing so, He gained a complete understanding of any trial we might have, so that when we need His comfort, He knows EXACTLY how to comfort us. Christ's death was essential to the Atonement as one must first die in order to be resurrected. Heavenly Father's plan is for us to live with Him again for eternity. In order to do so, we must suffer death so that we can be resurrected and recieve a perfected immortal body. Christ's death and resurrection overcame physical death so that all mankind can be resurrected as part of Heavenly Father's plan for us. Show more Show less