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Hi I'm Jordan

I am from West Virginia. I grew up Catholic. I work in Corrections. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work in Corrections, dealing with probationers and parolees indirectly. I am currently attending university and hope to graduate in 2017 if not before. I love reading books, almost any genre can catch my attention but I love science fiction and fantasy books the most. I also love to just hang out and watch Netflix when I have the time. Traveling is one of my favorite hobbies, be it someplace faraway I have never been or a short drive to a town I've been to probably hundreds of times.

Why I am a Mormon

I have known about the Church for more than a decade. You would see a huge mixture of good and bad things in the media, typically the bad did not actually refer to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints but rather other branches that no longer fully follow the doctrines. Once in a while I would feel the desire to find a Church to call home, I would attend Catholic services, Presbyterian services, and pretty much any other you can think of that is primarily Christian. These Churches never felt like home, I felt like just another person in the building. Every time I tried to find a Church I felt an urge to look into the LDS Church but could never bring myself to do anything more than research online. This all changed in June of 2015 when I finally sought more information and started asking questions. I went to the Latter Day Saints section of Reddit and read pages and pages of posts and finally decided to ask my own question. I wanted to know what I should do, I lived in an area where Latter Day Saints seemed non-existent, and having Missionaries come to my door frightened me, so it was suggested that I contact the Missionaries on Mormon.org. In response to my post about my location, I received a message asking what city I lived in as this person was also beginning to investigate and in the same state. By some sort of miracle she was in the same city as myself and we began talking. She had met missionaries for the first time 2 days prior, and was going to attend Church for the first time that Sunday, she then invited me. I worried about meeting some random person from the internet, but I had a good feeling about it and agreed. We met in the parking lot, and we felt so welcomed throughout the three meetings. Everyone wanted to know about us, and what brought us to the Church. Eight weeks later we were both Baptized and Confirmed, and went to the temple the following Friday. This was the best decision I have ever made and haven't regretted it for a moment.

How I live my faith

I am a ward Missionary, which is something I love as it gives me the opportunity to go out and teach with the Missionaries assigned to my ward, and even some of the surrounding wards if needed. I get to share my conversion story which I feel really helps those that are worried they are unable to make the changes to bring themselves into the Gospel. I love going to my ward and participating to the fullest I can for different events. During Christmas we have a Nativities From Around the World where you can see Nativity scenes that have been made anywhere you can imagine, and made of some of the simplest items to the finest materials you can find. I loved inviting friends and family who were unfamiliar with the Church to participate in this.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jordan
Absolutely not! It is up to each individual to pray and ask for guidance on whether or not a mission is for them. Some go, and others do not. It is a personal journey to see if it is something for you. Show more Show less