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Hi I'm Jordan

I grew up in a family as the oldest of six children. I've lived in Calgary my whole life, and I'm a Mormon missionary.

About Me

I grew up in the city of Calgary my entire life, and I grew up in a family of six children. I turned eighteen a few months ago. People tell me it must be crazy to have such a big family, but to me it's always been normal having lots of brothers and sisters to hang out with! My favourite sport is basketball, and I've played for as long as I can remember. As far as other sports go, I'll play them as long as I've got friends around me who want to get a good, competitive game started. I've worked hard in school and this year I finally graduated from high school. My favourite subject in school was always math, but science was interesting as well and I could even get myself to enjoy social studies when I had a good teacher who made things fun! However, high school isn't the end for me. After I serve a mission I plan to attend a post-secondary institution where I can study to become a doctor. And I'm a Mormon! I grew up in the church and it's been a large part of my life ever since I was a boy.

Why I am a Mormon

I chose to be a Mormon. I was baptized as a child at eight because I saw how happy the Church made the people around me. Now as I am older, I understand more fully the blessing I had growing up in the Church, and I continue to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. People like to point fingers and say I was brainwashed at a young age, believing in fairy tales about God and religion. But I was a smart kid growing up, and I know that this Church is true, and it isn't a fairy tale. God knows us all, each of us individually. He loves us so much and He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to allow all of us to be able to return to live with Him someday. Christ's Atonement allows all of us to change our lives and become better people. What an amazing comfort that is! It brings peace to my heart as I live with the knowledge that one day I can become perfect through my Father in Heaven. People always ask me how I know that this is true. How do you really know that there is a God who cares for us in a world where bad things happen to good people? Well, I've felt His love for me. I know God has a plan for each of us. I've read the Book of Mormon, and I felt the Holy Ghost confirm to me that the words within the book are true, and its brought me both comfort and peace. My goal is to be able to share those feelings of peace and joy with others. So I choose to serve a full-time mission, where I can serve the Lord through service to others, and I hope to be able to bring to others the peace that I have felt through the true Church of Jesus Christ. I want to encourage others, to lift them up and inspire them and fill their hearts with love. In the world we live in today there are many things that drag down our spirits and discourage us despite the happiness that God has in store for us all. God hopes to fill our hearts with love, He wants us to be together with our families. So I serve a mission so I can spread the message of peace that Jesus Christ offers to all.

How I live my faith

I'm still relatively young in the Church, but I've had many opportunities to serve in the Church. Ever since I turned twelve, I've served in Sunday services at Church, participating in the sacred ordinances of the sacrament that take place there. I've never been a good public speaker, but occasionally the bishop asks me to speak to the entire congregation on Sundays, and that can make me nervous sometimes. But it's always fun afterwards and I'm grateful for the opportunities I get like that where I can share my testimony with others. Since I turned fourteen, I've been a home teacher. I go visit families in the ward every month to see how they've been doing and help them if they need any work done in their home. I teach them lessons every month take turns with my companion teaching the children about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, where we both hope we can help the kids in our families grow up knowing how much God loves each and every one of them. Part of growing up in the Church as a teenager meant that I belonged to the youth group there. That was my favourite (Canadian way of spelling "favorite" ;) ). We had such a good time spending time together as kids, and as young men we spent lots of time together bonding through fun activities, such as hikes in the mountains, camping, swimming, biking or even just watching movies together. We had a tradition that every year as a young men's group we would all participate in a movie marathon, where we selected particularly long series of movies to watch all in a row. They were very long endeavours but we all had a great time together while we tried to keep each other awake through the long night! I see a lot of kids at school, and I have a lot of friends there as well. But most of my best friends come from the Church, because of the youth group there and the camaraderie that we've built over the years. The next few years I get to put my life on hold as I serve the Lord on a mission!

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Jordan
I would say most Mormon missionaries work hard to pay for their own mission. That's what I'm doing! Those who are able to save the funds to provide for their own mission make sure they work their hardest on their mission while they teach their message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to get the most out of the hard-earned money they've made in preparation to serving the Lord. At the end of the day, if missionaries can't save up all the money needed for a mission, the Church can help out to make sure all worthy missionaries have the opportunity to do God's work. Show more Show less