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Hi I'm Matt

I am a convert, a husband, a father, a brother and I am a Mormon

About Me

I am a convert to the Church. I am married to a wonderful lady, have 3 great kids, a great mom, and three brothers. I love to read espeically things about history and people. I want to know what made a person who they were. What were their influences? I enjoy playing softball and baseball with my kids. I love anything to do with Florida State University. GO NOLES !!! The thing I enjoy and love the most is the Church and the principles it teaches us.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of a wonderful friend, whom I later married took the time to introduce me to the Church. I attended Church every Sunday and often found my self reading different sections of the Bible while the pastor was giving his sermon. While I was reading I often felt like the story was cut off midstream. Have you ever read a book and at the end of the book you never know what happen to any of the characters, this is I felt reading the Bible sometimes. I would ask myself how the story can end like this there has to be more to it. I am a Mormon because a young missionary from Connecticut was bold enough to come ask me what day he could stop by to start teaching me the discussions. You have to understand my wife and I had been married for three years already. I attended Sacrament meeting every Sunday. The Bishop at the time always commented he wished he could get his member to attend as regularly as I do. I found myself defending the Church to people I did not even know and yet I was not even a member my self. I remember thinking that missionary had a lot of nerve to come and ask me that questions. Unknown to him at the time he really got me to thinking or as I like to say he planted the mustard seed. It was time for me to get off the fence and decide if I wanted to join the Church or not. My Brother in Law was due home from his mission in a couple of weeks and I decided I would speak with him. After he was home a few days I told him my feelings and that I was ready to take the discussions. His only reply was I am feeding the missionaries tonight and I will set up everything. It was not long after this the missionaries started coming over and just a short time later I was baptized. A decision I am still thankful for this day. I am a Mormon because of effective Home Teaching. The Home Teachers assigned to my family never missed an appointment. I could almost tell you the day and time they would be stopping by. I am thankful they never pushed me to join but were always ready to answer any questions I had about the Church. My home teachers helped make it an easy transition into the Church because they were my friends first. and a missionary not being afraid to ask me to set up a time to teach me the Gospel. I am Mormon because I was raised southern Baptist in a small town in South Georgia. My Grandfather Lastinger was a Baptist Minister for over 40 years. So you can imagine my situation when I decided to join the Church. I was more afraid to tell my Grandmother Lastinger than anyone else in the family my Grandfather had already passed away by now. I remember sitting on her back porch with her as she enjoyed doing everyday. After, I told her of my decision she simply looked at me and said, “I only have one question." She simply asked do they believe and know without a doubt that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for our sins. My reply was simple, "Yes mam." I can honestly say without any doubt that the Church has never taken away from anything I was taught as a youth. It has only added to my testimony and helped me draw closer to my Heavenly Father. I am thankful to this day for my Home Teachers and that young missionary from Connecticut for helping me in my decision to accept the Gospel.   

How I live my faith

By reading the scriptures, praying often, trying to always improve, being obedient, and surrounding myself with good things. Most importantly by being a good example to those people I associate with everyday.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Matt
A lack of knowledge and understanding. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Matt
Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. “When you have come to the edge Of all light that you know And are about to drop off into the darkness Of the unknown, Faith is knowing One of two things will happen There will be something solid to stand on or You will be taught to fly” - Patrick Overton Show more Show less