During the past two years, Jordan Johnson of Winnebago, Ill., has been in Tampa, Fla., serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After an intense two weeks of training in the Missionary Training Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, Johnson left for Florida May 24, 2009. Along with teaching people about Jesus Christ and His restored gospel, Johnson put in time for service, exercise, scripture/gospel study and teaching. Service in the community ranged from yard work around a hospital to assisting with food pantries.
The areas he served in were: Dade City, Gulf Port, St. Petersburg, Winter Haven and Tampa. During his stay, he used vehicles, bicycles and, in some cases, walked. He noted great contrasts in standards of living in the communities; he also found the humid summer weather an additional challenge. There were times of discouragement with the language barrier of Spanish, Haitian, Bosnian and Cambodian descent, but overall, he felt it was a great experience.
Jordan is the youngest son of Dr. William and Donna Johnson. This summer, he will continue his studies at Brigham Young University, Rexburg, Idaho. He plans to explore the nursing aspect of the medical field.
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From the June 15-21, 2011 issue