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Hi I'm Jordan Hawkes

I'm a Missionary Mormon.

About Me

I've been called to serve in the Taiwan Taipei Mission where I will serve from 2015-2017. I enjoy soccer, piano, and spending time away from the city lights. My eyes are the same color and my hair is brown.

Why I am a Mormon

I love this Gospel simply because it loves me. Every step of faith I take in the Gospel, every scripture in the Book of Mormon that I read, or every testimony of others that I hear brings a feeling of joy and love into my life. When I reflect on how I've seen the hand of the Lord in my life at the end of the day, I can't help but notice the many tender mercies that have come subsequent to my displays of faith. A few weeks before my missionary call, one of my friends told his story about how he had come home a few months after leaving because he felt he wasn't quite prepared yet. In the MTC, he had been saying his prayers when God's love overcame him. He described it as trying to fill a cup with an ocean of love. After feeling that love, he decided that he owed it to God to serve with all of his might and came home to better prepare. As I was working on my papers at the time, I realized I needed that full knowledge of God's love as well. One night after a meeting with my stake president, I said a prayer. It was the most fervent prayer that I have ever offered, and I felt God's love just overwhelm me in just the way my friend had described it. I have a strong testimony of God's love for each one of us individually, and for the atoning sacrifice of His son Jesus Christ. I know that Christ lived and died for all of us, and I know that anyone that fervently seeks for that truth can find it just as the prophet Joseph Smith did.

How I live my faith

Day by day, step by step. I'm convinced there is no other way. Ya gotta have fun. I live my faith in the small moments of life that are often easily overlooked. Speeding down the tight streets of Taiwan to get to an appointment on my bicycle, I stop and take a moment to enjoy the wind in my face and enjoy the things Heavenly Father has given me. It's when you put time on the back-burner and live life full of those moments of joy that you reflect on your hope for something more. Once you have that hope, you find a place to put it. All searches for that direction of hope will inevitably lead to Christ, and that hope becomes faith as you live the way he would have you live: day by day, step by step, taking time to love God and love your neighbor. So I smile, I serve, I pray, I read the Book of Mormon, and I go to church--because our faith is found in those small and simple steps.

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Jordan Hawkes
Eternal Life. That is the greatest reward we can receive, and something very much attainable. One of the most beautiful doctrines of the Gospel is that everyone--regardless of status, race, wealth, intelligence, physical appearance, talents, hobbies, lifestyle, culture, or any other factor--can inherit eternal life. There is not one single person that does not have the capability of receiving eternal life. Though we all have the potential to life with God forever, it is not a free gift. Like any other gift, that which we work the hardest for can have the greatest reward. I remember when I was 10 or 11 years old, I wanted to buy a kayak. I don't really know why, but I wanted a kayak. So I saved and saved and saved my money, giving up other things I could have spent that money on, to buy a kayak. The day came when I had enough money, and I bought it. The feeling was indescribable as I bought the kayak I had worked so hard and so long for. And this is only a kayak. Imagine working your whole life for something, just one single thing. Imagine the reward of all that effort. And not only is it a kayak, it is to quite literally live with God: the most powerful and loving being in the whole universe. By following the example of Christ and following His commandments, by having faith, repenting, becoming baptized, receiving the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end, and by loving all those around us, this incredible gift can be ours. Show more Show less