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Hi I'm Jordan

I grew up in Sandy, Utah. I have nine siblings. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the second oldest of five at my mom's house and the oldest of six at my dad's house, making a total of nine siblings. I graduated early from high school in Sandy, Utah and moved to Michigan for college. I enjoy reading and music and running. I'm also a huge baseball fan (go Tigers!). I work in a daycare and hope to become an elementary school teacher some day.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because, for a long time, the only constant I had in my life was the gospel. I remember the day before turning sixteen I was in the middle of a major trial in my life. I remember being in my room, angry at the world and thinking that my life could either go two ways: I could forget the things that I had been taught and I could easily go in to an open rebellion and spend the rest of my high school years partying and doing all of the things that the media and the world portrays to be "living the life". After all, I hardly had any parental supervision. Or, I could cling to the gospel to help me get through the hardships I was facing. Looking back now, I know that I made the right choice. I dove into the scriptures and did everything that I possibly could to build and maintain a good relationship with The Lord and my Savior. I have recently been delivered out of that particular trial and I could not imagine what would have happened, had I not had the gospel to get me through it. I don't know where I would be! It would have been too hard to do on my own. I know with everything in me that this church is true and I am so thankful to have it in my life. I have truly seen the hand of God working in my every day life. This faith has brought me so much happiness, peace, hope, and love. I now am sure that I can meet any future trials willingly, for with the help of my Father and my Redeemer, I can get through anything.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by reading my scriptures and praying every day. I haven't missed a day of scripture study since my sixteenth birthday and it has made all the difference in the world. I was called as the president of my ward's youth group in Utah and the chairman of my Stake's youth group as well. Fulfilling these callings was fun and it gave me a feeling of importance and belonging in the church. I loved (and still love) the feeling of serving The Lord in even the smallest ways. I live my faith by showing Christ-like love and serving those around me with every chance I get. I try daily to be the best I can be. I live my faith by trying to remember that I am a representative of this church and The Savior at all times.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jordan
For the young men of the church, it is a commandment, but always up to them. It is seen as a privilege and positive thing to do. For the young women, it is not a commandment but is also encouraged and seen as a privilege. The young men have the opportunity to serve when they turn eighteen and the young women can serve when they are nineteen. There are missionaries from all places in the world, and missions in almost every place as well. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a church and attending a temple?

Jordan
Anyone can attend an LDS church. It is a meeting house where we can take the sacrament, worship The Lord, pray, read the scriptures, and learn about the gospel. The temple is what we call the "house of The Lord". Only worthy members of the church can attend the temple, where we are able to preform ordinances that are essential to returning to live with our Father in heaven again. The temple is a sacred place, and only those who follow the commandments and are worthy may enter. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Jordan
We do not worship Joseph Smith, but he was the prophet who restored the church upon the Earth and we do recognize that with reverence. Joseph Smith was the first modern-day prophet and a very important figure. We only worship God our Father in Heaven, and our Savior Jesus Christ. We love our prophets immensely and look to them for guidance, but we do not worship them in the ways that we worship the GodHead. Show more Show less