Each of us lives a brilliant life when we open up and share our lives with others. I appreciate your help in sharing my story by sharingOut of the Closet Into the Light with others. The book can be purchased through Amazon and Barnes&Noble.com The author, Jewel Adams, spent many months working on my story, and I have chosen to give my portion of the proceeds to help abused children. I humbly share the story of my life with the world in the hope that it will help others to know we are never alone and it is never too late to change.
This has been a summer of clarity for me. I have learned so much. I now know how much strength and power is within me and I understand there are times when I must give control to God. My past is what it is, and I "give the drama to momma." Hallelujah! I am very blessed to have the life I do now.
One of my best friends died this summer and I will always treasure his love and friendship. I’m a realist. I don’t hide from my life or experiences, specifically painful ones like this summer's experience of friendship and death. I've told thousands of people, "When someone you love dies, you now have an angel you can call by name." I've always believed that death shows up to remind us to live life more fully.
I'm confident that my intimate friendships with others will also be healing and transforming in their lives. My spiritual family taught me that love and support are critical to my emotional and physical well-being, and bonding with Jesus Christ brings healing through the Holy Spirit. Prayer is reality in my life on earth. I can never be responsible for other people or their choices in the past - choices to use pain to manipulate me. Nothing will draw me away from accomplishing what God wants me to accomplish here on earth. I believe that wherever I go, I am accepting God’s call to help transform the world by being the change I wish to see in this world, and each moment of life that I spend sharing God's love with you, with His help, I am inspiring you with hope for that breakthrough moment in your life.
I also do this to enhance my own spirit, and my soul. Throughout my daily life, I find moments to just exhale deeply, then inhale and exhale, taking the time to notice my breathing. It always gives me a little recharge, a surge of energy that reminds me I'm alive here and now. I have been happier the past two years than I have been in all the years that I have lived on this earth. Whenever I try to exercise compassion, loyalty, mercy, and charity, it helps me to be more in tune with the Spirit. My relationships are better than ever, and love is stronger in my life than it ever has been. This year I have finally let go of feelings of abandonment in all forms.
My spiritual family honestly couldn't care less about my past or what anyone may say. With my family by my side, I will conquer all things that hold me back from progressing because we are so committed to loving one another. It feels so good to have that, to feel that.
Each of us have opportunities that transform us, giving us a new perspective of God’s sacred plan of happiness - a plan that will help each of us bring others to the knowledge of the Savior, Jesus Christ. I'm still learning what we all must learn - to let God take care of those who live for the single purpose of bringing misery upon others. I have learned that we have to let it all go. It is the only way we can be whole.
I want to thank everyone: my doctors, clergy, chaplains, case managers, Americans With Disabilities, and so many others. Thank you, Jewel Adams, Ty Mansfield, Stewart Weed, Allen Oyler, YiYang Fei, Lee and Lisa Harris and their family, the Zollingers, my favorite pilot, Mark Mazier, and his wife, Christy in San Clemente, California, Mel and Linda Hedgepeth who open doors for me, and my favorite dentist, Scott Hansen. I will always have a special bond with these people. Plus, there are so many others that give me support I can't name them all.
Last but not least, a big thank you to Evergreen International, Christian Adams, and Fred and Marilyn Matis. You helped to transform my mind. Also, thank you to the many friends from Seattle, Portland, Boise, all the gay and straight communities, and the LGBT, both in church and out of church. Your unconditional hope and desire to see me do well in my life are a boon to me. You all make me smile every day.
You were my strength when I was weak.
You were my voice when I couldn't speak.
You were my eyes when I couldn't see.
You saw the best there was in me.
Lifted me up when I couldn't reach.
You gave me faith 'cause you believed.
(Diane Warren - Because You Loved Me)
This fall, I have been invited to personally attend Oprah’s “This Is Your Breakthrough and It Is On Its Way” Tour 2014. The tour will begin in September and I will be in Seattle, Washington November 7-8th for this once in a lifetime interview with Miss Oprah Winfrey and her team. Log onto Oprah.com for more details.
Some may ask, "Why?" and some will say, “I’m happy for you!” I’m learning to grow into the man God has called me to be and not a duplicate of any other person with their ideas on how life is to be lived. I am striving to let the Holy Spirit guide my destiny and my life. My adventure with Oprah will open doors I have only spiritually dreamed of. This opportunity will aid me in helping others reach for the best in themselves. I want to help us all understand that we are amazing human beings, and we must soar beyond our dreams.
I will be forever learning from the prophets of God and God's brilliant, spiritual women who have enhanced my life, helping me to become the man of God I am today - a man blessed to share the love of a merciful God, a forgiving God, a transforming God, a God whose Son's sacrifice will wash away the sins of every human on this earth.
We are clean by the blood of Jesus Christ when we commit our lives to him and earnestly strive to live the gospel. Never let anyone tell you different, because Christ forgives and forgets it all. Always remember that.
With Christ as your Master, nobody can throw your past in your face again. If they try, shame on them, and may Christ reveal to them his forgiving love, for they truly know not what they do when they persecute you. I have been there. I have been persecuted and ripped apart for trying to help children find hope and love on this earth. God has opened many doors and given me many opportunities to be a voice of hope. I love you and I am grateful for you all.
Thank you all for sharing my voice of hope and praying for me. Also thank you for your prayers in my behalf for this opportunity with Oprah Winfrey.
Thank you for investing in the lives of the children that have been abandoned and abused through your purchase of Out of the Closet Into the Light.
About the Book
After living a life of abuse, abandonment
After living a life of abuse, abandonment
and homosexuality, Jordan Jantz made the
ultimate choice. Leaving his old life
behind, Jordan came to know and
understand God's love for him, as well as
discover his own part in the eternal plan.
But this book isn't just about his Christian
conversion and lifestyle change, it is also
about all the things he suffered that helped
to bring him to this point. It's about
everything he was, everything he is, and
everything he is on his way to becoming.
Simply put, this is the story of his journey
from the painful, cold darkness into the
light. Jordan's portion of the proceeds from Out of the Closet Into the Light will be donated to The Christmas Box International to support abused and neglected children.