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Hi I'm Matt S.

I live in Canada. I enjoy helping people. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and we we have a young daughter. I am a lawyer in a small law firm. I enjoy spending time with my family. Some of my hobbies include camping, hiking, snowshoeing, playing softball and gardening.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to Mormon parents and all of my grandparents are also Mormons. I have a rich heritage of Mormons and of other faiths that have helped me to be a better Christian. Even though I was raised a Mormon, I still had to become converted myself. At the end of the Book of Mormon, there is an invitation to all readers to pray to Heavenly Father to know if the Book of Mormon is true. Through this same pattern, we can find out all truth. When I was about 11 or 12, my mother showed me that passage. I don't recall exactly what she wanted me to find out, but I remember specifically that it was not to find out if the Book of Mormon was true. But, when I read that scriptural passage, I had a very strong urge to find out if the Book of Mormon was true. I remember going into my room, closing the door, and praying to God. I had prayed before, but that occasion was different. I wanted to know for myself if the Book of Mormon was the word of God. As I prayed, I had a strong and comforting peace overcome me. I knew then that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. When I came out of my room, my mother asked me what had happened. (I think she wanted to know about the other thing.) I said to her, "Well, I know the Book of Mormon is true!" Over the years, my understanding of and testimony in the Book of Mormon and other gospel principles has increased. While I've had other experiences and learning opportunities, my faith in the divinity of the Book of Mormon is the same as when I first found out many years ago. That was the first experience that I remember having where I developed my own faith about the things that my parents had taught me. Since then, I've repeated the pattern on several occasions and developed a similar faith or testimony of many of the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I try to pattern my life after Jesus Christ and his teachings. I try to follow His example in all that I do. While I'm not perfect, I try to do what He would do and repent when I make mistakes. I believe that one of the best ways to show my Savior that I am His follower is to do what He would do if He were here. I visit people within the Church community; I read from the Bible, the Book of Mormon and other scriptures on a regular basis. I pray daily on my own and with my family. I have gospel discussions with my wife and we try to teach our daughter how to live righteously as well. Though our daughter is young, we try to create habits in our lives so that she will develop those habits and then pattern her life similarly.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Matt S.
The scriptures, including the Bible, teach very plainly that we must be baptized in order to inherit eternal life (see for example John 3:5). We believe in baptism in order to enter the Kingdom of God. Baptism, like all necessary ordinances, must be performed by someone who is authorized to do so. It must also be performed in the way that God commands. We believe that we must be baptized in the same manner that Jesus Christ was baptized - by immersion and by someone authorized to do so. We also believe that people are baptized after they have reached the age of accountability (8 years of age). Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Matt S.
Mormons believe that families are the most basic unit of society. In order to have a have a happy society, we need to have happy families. I have learned that our family is happiest when we spend time together, serve others together, pray and study the scriptures together and when we look out for each others' needs and wants. One of the most important things about families is that if couples are sealed together in the temple, they and their children can be together forever, and not just until death. We feel great joy to know that we will be together throughout eternity. That knowledge also serves to motivate us to live righteously so that we will be ready to live together in the Celestial Kingdom (heaven). Show more Show less