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Hi I'm Jordan

I grew up in Virginia for ten years, and at 13 moved to Utah. I consider myself an artist. Jesus Christ is my best friend.

About Me

I'm an artist. I love to play the guitar, write music, work on stage tech crews and for many years make my own films. I also love to work. Just work. I've apprenticed landscapers, construction workers, framers, carpenters and mechanics. One of the more unique pieces of my story, however, is my little brother. He's 7 years old, and also my best friend. I love the guy. We play together, we wrestle, make movies, build boats, carve swords, watch movies, shoot guns, play pretend, read scriptures and sleep under the stars together. We're not like most brothers though, and in fact are quite different from each other. He's loud, strong, outgoing and tall for his age, while I'm the opposite now, and was at his age. That's because he's not my blood brother. He's adopted. However, even though he's black and I'm white, there's no doubt that we're bros; best buds for life.

Why I am a Mormon

Jesus Christ is my best friend, and I long to follow his teachings and example to obtaining eternal blessings in his Kingdom to come. I do not believe these things because I am a Mormon, but rather, because I do believe in these things, that makes me a Mormon. In the bible dictionary, the word "church" is defined as a group of believers. That's what we are. I didn't choose to be in the Church because I wanted to believe, but because I searched, found, and now know that's what I'm supposed to do. God's restored gospel, his word and his authority to perform his work are one and only. I know, simply and without a doubt, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is where they're found.

How I live my faith

I attend church every Sunday. I've accepted many calls to teach young men my age, some girls at times, and occasionally the entire congregation. I've also been able to share teachings during the weekdays with my Dad in the homes of our neighbors. My wards scout troop led me to obtaining my eagle scout award at age 15. I made a 1 hour documentary of an old school building whose original students were still in town to tell stories.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Jordan
I've prayed to know if the things I've read in the King James Bible are true, and received divine assurance that are indeed. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Jordan
When Joseph Smith was chosen to be the one who would restore the Church, he was directed on how to do so by Divine Revelation. He was obedient. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Jordan
The Bible tells us that when Christ was on the earth he preached his word fearlessly, even unto death. I've asked myself why he'd do that many times myself. He did it because the thought of his beloved brothers and sisters going on without the sweet joys of truth was unbearable. We feel the same. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Jordan
Often times a negative label provides enough excuse to avoid exploring the subject. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Jordan
Grace is sufficient to satisfy the demands of justice. We choose grace daily by repenting, having faith in Jesus Christ and enduring to the end. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Jordan
Baptism is a covenant, or in other words a promise we make with the lord. Keeping that covenant is our way of returning love to our Father in Heaven. So naturally, when becoming a member of the "church," which by definition is a group of believers, converts enter into that covenant. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Jordan
Yes. We strive to be like him. We uplift those around us, we use clean, non-offensive language, we develop our talents, our relationships with others, and our testimonies in truth and righteousness, and we know that, because of Jesus Christ, everything is going to be alright. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Jordan
Faith is believing in something enough to work for it; knowing that it's true and acting on that knowledge. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jordan
We're technically not "required" to do anything. However, we have commandments to follow which show the sincerity of our membership. Young men are commanded to serve, while young women are encouraged (and they really are awesome missionaries). Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Jordan
I've heard people justify mistreating themselves with the words, "it's my life. I can do what I want." It's not though. We were given our bodies, this earth, and our souls by a father who loves us. A father who wants us to learn how to best take care of ourselves. That's why we have bodies in the first place; is to experience controlling our bodies. They're temporary housing for the children of God! Show more Show less