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Hi I'm Jordan Latimer

I grew up in Orem, Utah. I graduated from Orem High School, and am currently studying at Utah Valley University. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have always been a big fan of sports. In high school I ran track, and played intramural basketball. I love golf, tennis, football, frisbee, and swimming. I am also a fan of video games, which I play in my spare time. I love watching movies, especially superhero movies. I also love to read. I am currently reading the "Ender's Game" series by Orson Scott Card. I attend Utah Valley University, where I hope to get most of a degree in architecture before transferring up to the University of Utah to finish it off. However, I will stop mid-degree to go on a mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the Holy Ghost has revealed to me that God exists, and that this is his church upon the face of the earth. Nothing brings me more joy in my life than living the restored gospel faithfully. The gospel of Jesus Christ brings peace, joy, and fulfillment that nothing else on this earth can provide. I sustain the modern prophets, and try to follow their teachings the best I can. I testify that if we do our best to follow the prophets, we will feel the spirit in our lives. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the Lord's church upon the earth today, but this doesn't mean that other churches don't have parts of the truth or faithful members. Even though I am completely confident that my religion is the most correct, I still have great respect for other fellow christians throughout the world. Many of them exhibit christlike attributes in sincere ways, and many have greater faith than I. I hope that I can follow the examples of all strong christians by developing a strong testimony and trust in our living Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I testify that God is our Heavenly Father, and that he desires for our success and that we ultimately become like him. I testify of the power of Jesus Christ's atonement, and of its ability to change us and purify us, and ultimately provide the way back into the presence of our Father. I testify that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, called to restore the precious parts of the gospel that had been lost. I testify that he translated the Book of Mormon, and that it contains the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is my prayer that all men can come to a knowledge that I have of the truthfulness of the gospel.

How I live my faith

I enjoy participating in a community that is unified in a single goal: becoming better disciples of Jesus Christ. I try to do this by participating in the church callings that I receive. Last semester I was given an assignment to index one batch a week (indexing is the extraction of data from a photo image to be used in an electronic database. The data can then be used in genealogical work.). I fulfilled this assignment to the best of my abilities, and it was fulfilling to further the work of the lord. I am currently getting involved in family history work. This work is also quite fulfilling as I work on extending my family tree and requesting saving ordinances to be done in the our temples. Ultimately, I live my faith by striving to be the best example that I can be. I want to spread the gospel, and the joy that it brings.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Jordan Latimer
The Holy Ghost is an extremely important companion that our Heavenly Father has given us. He is a member of the Godhead, and it is through him that we can gain a knowledge of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the LDS church. It is through the Holy Ghost that we develop a testimony of the truth. The Holy Ghost can also help guide and direct us in our lives. When we pray to God for direction, he will guide us through the Holy Ghost. It is important to seek the companionship of the Holy Ghost at all times so that when we need direction, he can help us choose correctly. At times he will warn us when we are considering making an incorrect choice, or when we are in danger. Another blessing we receive through the Holy Ghost is comfort and strength. If we are suffering from the loss of a loved one, if we have been through a traumatic experience, or if we have simply had a rough week, he is there to ensure us that God loves us and that he is watching over us. I testify of the existence and power of the Holy Ghost. I promise that if we seek his companionship, we will receive his direction and his comfort in times of need. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Jordan Latimer
Mormons are certainly Christians, as we worship Jesus Christ and believe that He redeemed us by performing the atonement. The reason that Mormons are often accused of not being Christians is that our doctrine concerning the Godhead differs from most other Christian denominations. We believe the Godhead to be three separate beings, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have physical bodies, but the Holy Ghost does not. We believe that they are one in purpose, mission, and divinity, but not one in being. This doctrine differs from the doctrine of the Trinity, which states that God is one being who manifests himself in three forms. This is why we are accused of not being Christian. Our idea of who Christ is differs from mainstream Christianity. Aside from that, Mormons stand by all other Christians in the belief that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, and it is through his atonement that He provided the way for humanity to be redeemed and receive exaltation. He suffered for all of our sins so that we would not need to if we would repent. He fulfilled his mission upon the earth, was resurrected, and returned to his father. He is our advocate with The Father. I testify that Jesus is our Savior, and the He loved us enough to suffer infinite pain for our sins. I promise that if we follow the path he forged by accepting his atonement, repenting, being baptized, and obeying his commandments, we will receive eternal life. Show more Show less

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

Jordan Latimer
Our Heavenly Father desires to be merciful to us, but he must also be a just God at the same time. If he does not appease the demands of justice, he would "cease to be God" (Alma 42:25). Because God knew that we would make mistakes in this mortal life, he sent his son Jesus Christ to atone for our sins and fulfill the demands of justice. Although many of the intricate details of the Atonement are unknown to us, we do know that it included enough suffering to make Christ bleed at every pore (See D&C 19:16-17, Mosiah 3:7, and Luke 22:44). We know that he suffered not only for our sins, but also for our pains, sicknesses, and griefs (See Alma 7:11). Christ did this so that we would not have to suffer for our sins if we would repent (D&C 19:16-17). But, if we do not repent, then we must suffer as he did. Because Christ performed the Atonement, Heavenly Father can be both a merciful and just God. If we accept Christ's Atonement by having faith in him, repenting, being baptized, and receiving the Holy Ghost, the power of his Atonement can cleanse us, and enable us to live more righteous lives. I testify that Jesus Christ was the Only Begotten of the Father, and that he fulfilled his mission on this earth by performing the Atonement. He provided the way for all of us to receive eternal life through repentance. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). Show more Show less