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Hi I'm Jordan DeFreese

I grew up in Utah, I love Basketball, hiking, fishing, and anything involving my family and friends. And I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I love to play sports, I'll play any sport really, but I prefer to play Basketball, Football, Tennis. I love to hike, I just love doing stuff outside with friends and family! However, I'm also a huuuuuuge gaming nerd. I love playing video games, and sometimes I get a bit too caught up in them, and play for a bit too long. I hope to go into Law Enforcement for my career, I don't quite know what specific field in Law Enforcement, but at least I've got the general idea!

Why I am a Mormon

At first, I was a Mormon just because my family was. Growing up in Utah with 200 members within a stones throw made it real easy to just go with the flow. I didn't have a testimony of the Gospel until I actually made the time to study it, but as I studied and prayed, Heavenly Father showed me through a still, small voice, that this church is indeed Christ's. One of the previous Presidents of the church, President David O. McKay said, "A testimony of the truth of the gospel does not come the same way to all people. Some receive it in a unique, life-changing experience. Others gain a testimony slowly, almost imperceptibly until, one day, they simply know." I know that's true. It happened for me, and it can happen for you as well!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by continuing to read from the Holy Scriptures. "We believe the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly. We also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God." I read both of these sacred books of scripture and do what I can every day, to change, and to become more like Jesus Christ. The teachings contained in the Book of Mormon and the Bible are great personal guides for me, in helping me to live what I believe. Among the things taught in the scriptures are, giving service to others, forgiving one another, sacrifice, love, and so many more. I do my best to do as Jesus would do, trying to be a little better each day. Also, I am currently serving as a missionary in the Kansas Wichita mission. As a missionary we really strive to live and serve as Jesus Christ would, we Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive His restored Gospel. We teach the same doctrines He taught, and we do our best to help lift, and serve, and guide those who are in need.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jordan DeFreese
In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we have a very strong desire to share the Gospel with all who will listen. The Savior taught us, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations..." (Matt. 28:19) Members of our church take this lesson very personally, and we consider it a great honor to be able to go and do as He has asked us to. Missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints serve from 18 months to 2 years, this service is completely voluntary, and they do not get paid for their service. Though missions are not required, it is strongly encouraged by our leaders that we should serve, because we know that the Savior has not only asked us to do so, but we know that it will bless the lives of countless of Gods Children. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Jordan DeFreese
We believe that through the atonement of Jesus Christ, all mankind may be saved. However, just believing in Him alone does us no good if we do not follow what He has taught us to do. As we learn in the book of James, "...Faith without works is dead..." (James 2:26). We believe that it is after we have exercised faith in Christ, and after we have done everything that we can to live a good life, keep the commandments, and take up his cross and follow Him, it is then that we are saved by grace. We must understand that just accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior does not save us at all. In Matthew 7:21 Christ says, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in Heaven." By this we know that we not only have to seek the Lord, but we must do the will of our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Jordan DeFreese
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints believe in the Bible because it is the word of God. We believe that it contains the writings of ancient Prophets and Apostles, all from the Holy Land (around Jerusalem). Most importantly, the Bible contains many writings about the Mortal Life and Ministry of Jesus Christ Himself. In it we learn about Faith, Repentence, Baptism, Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost (or the Holy Spirit), and continuing to live what Christ taught throughout our lives. I know the Bible to be the word of God, it really is. And there is only one way that we can come to that realization, and it is through Prayer. We absolutely must ask our Heavenly Father if it is true, and if you sincerely want to know, and if you really want to act on the answer that He will give you, He will. I promise! Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Jordan DeFreese
The only true and sure fire way to know if this Church is in reality, the Church that Jesus Christ Himeslf organized and restored to the Earth, is by asking our Heavenly Father in sincere and honest prayer. The key to this prayer is your desire to know, and to act upon the answer that is given you. If our Heavenly Father knows that you won't act on the answer He gives you, then he won't give you an answer at all. Think about it this way, if a child asks their parent if they can have the keys to the car, knowing full well that they won't drive responsibly. Yet when they are asked if they will, they respond emphatically in the affirmative. The parent knows that their child won't follow the rules. Would you, the parent, allow your child to take hold of the keys? We must ask our Heavenly Father if these things are true, no one else can give you the answer. God is the source of all that is good, and all that is true. Ask Him, with a sincere desire to know and to act, and He will help lead and guide you. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Jordan DeFreese
Simply put. No man can choose who the next Prophet or President of the church will be. We believe that Jesus Christ is at the head of this church, and it is by Him that the Prophet is chosen, following the death of the current Prophet. When Jesus Christ Himself was crucified and slain, the senior Apostle, Peter, was the one designated as the leader. The same pattern is followed now, the senior Apostle becomes the President of the Church. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Jordan DeFreese
The missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will talk about the Savior Jesus Christ. They will share with you the gospel that He taught, while He was on the Earth. They will be able to help you find a deeper and stronger Faith in Him, and help you to pattern your life more fully after His as well. The missionaries teach about how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints came to be in this day, they will talk about Heavenly Father's plan for each of us, and teach you how to return to live with Him again. This message that they share will bring into your life so much joy and happiness, and your love for the Savior, and what he has done for us, will only increase. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Jordan DeFreese
Cult 1. a small religious group that is not part of a larger and more accepted religion and that has beliefs regarded by many people as extreme or dangerous 2. a situation in which people admire and care about something or someone very much or too much 3. a small group of very devoted supporters or fans I found these definitions online, from websters dictionary. Some people call the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints a cult because that is just what they've been told. Others call us a cult because they believe that we worship Joseph Smith. We do not. The only people that I have met, who call "Mormons" cultists, are people who do not know much, if anything, about what we actually believe in. As people start to learn and understand what we actually believe, they realize that we are not a cult. That we worship God the Father, and do our best to live good lives, according to the commandments that He has given us. 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 DeFreese
In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints we believe the Bible to be the word of God, as such, we believe in the same structure/organization that Christ set forth. If we study the Bible carefully, we learn that the 12 Apostles was never intended to be a temporary thing, we read in Acts chapter 1, the 11 Apostles pray for the Lords guidance to fill the vacancy that Judas left in the 12. And they receive revelation that Matthias was to be put in his stead. We also learn from Ephesians 2 that the organization of the church has to be directed by Christ, as he is the cornerstone, however, the 12 Apostles are not done away with, nor are the Prophets. The key to understanding all of this is that we are indeed lead and directed by Christ, through His chosen servants, the Apostles and Prophets. The same structure that has existed since the beginning, with Adam, all the way down to our day. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Jordan DeFreese
Yes. I could leave it at that, but I suppose I should probably explain at least a little. I believe that God has spoken through His chosen servants, the Prophets from Adam to Abraham, Moses, and including now. I know that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. With that knowledge, I can easily infer that God would have prophets today, just as He has in times past. God is our loving Heavenly Father, he loves us just as much as those who have gone before us, so why would He choose to stop speaking to us? You may argue that we have the Bible now, and that's all you need. While the Bible is indeed the word of God, it does not give us everything that we need. Each prophet who has ever existed has had circumstances that had never been previously dealt with. This is why we also believe in Revelation. If we do not have revelation that is relevant to our day, and our trials, we won't be able to progress just as our ancestors did. But please, don't take my word for it. Search the Scriptures diligently, and pray to God, if you really want to know if we need prophets today, and if you truly desire to act upon the answer that He gives you, He will tell you. I know He will! Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Jordan DeFreese
The purpose of the Welfare Services in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is simple. The Church provides assistance to those who are poor and in need. But it does go a bit deeper than that, this isn't just some quick fix, we want everyone to have the tools or ability to be self-reliant. Those who need or require such assistance from the church will always be encouraged to seek employment, so that they can begin to be self reliant. The Church steps in to help in that process. Show more Show less

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

Jordan DeFreese
So the question here is a 2 part question, I will answer it in kind. 1. What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? There is no possible way to really put into words what exactly the Atonement is. The best way that I can put it is simply this: The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the event where Christ took upon himself the sins of the world, of every person who ever has or ever will exist. He suffered in this way so that we wouldn't have to. 2. Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice his life? Now this is the question that is really difficult to answer. To be completely honest, I don't personally know the specifics of why it had to be this way. If God, being all powerful, can do all things... why couldn't He wipe the slate clean just as Christ did, without the sacrifice? I believe the answer is something that cannot really be answered to the fullest extent in this life. What I do know is that God set it up this way for a wise purpose, He is omnicient, which means that he knows all things. I know that because Christ suffered for each of us, he is truly able to be the great Mediator, so that he can plead our case before the Father. Though I do not know the specific reasons that God put this plan in place, I do know that God made it so for us, He is our loving Heavenly Father, and He does what's best for us. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Jordan DeFreese
Do we worship Joseph Smith? In just one word, no. That's just pure silliness! We worship God the Father. We know and we understand that Joseph Smith played a very key role in the salvation of many of Gods children. We recognize him as a prophet just like Moses or Abraham. So very simply put, Joseph Smith was another Prophet of God, just like those of old, who always pointed Gods children to Him and His Son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Jordan DeFreese
Well, If given just one word I would probably use, "Awesome" But, seeing as how I have a couple more I can use, I'll go ahead and do that! Being a Mormon probably isn't a whole lot different from what most people are used to. We live, laugh, love, and learn a lot from each other. The big thing is, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we believe that we are all brothers and sisters, part of one gigantic family. Because of this, we all work together, play together, mourn together, all of these things. We share in the Love and Peace that are given us from our Father in Heaven. Being a Mormon, for some, is difficult. This is because in the Church, we work hard! We are given many callings and assignments that don't require our service only on Sundays, but each day throughout the week! This service is something that we happily render though, because we know of the blessings that await us as we obey the will of God. Being a Mormon is absolutely the best thing that has ever happened to me. Because of my Faith in Jesus Christ and God the Father, I know that I can return to live with Them again, as well as my family. Being a Mormon is pure happiness! Show more Show less