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Hi I'm Matt

I love soccer. I am a reader. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love reading and singing. I was in choir in high school and sang in a barbershop quartet for a year. My favorite authors are David Eddings, Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, J.R.R. Tolkein, J.K. Rowling, and many more. I learned to speak Spanish while I served a mission for the church in Florida and Alabama, and it was a great opportunity to expand my horizons and get to know the culture of the Latino population. I got back from my mission in May of 2011 and received my Bachelor's degree in neuroscience in late 2013. I will soon start work on becoming an optometrist.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Like many, I was born and raised in the Church. Like many, I also knew that I had to know for myself. The knowledge of the truthfulness of the Church came slowly. Better said, I think the knowledge that I already knew came slowly. I couldn't identify a single point where I knew. But I know it's true. Everything about the Church helps me to draw closer to my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. It teaches me to be a good person, to prepare to be a good husband and father someday. It tells me what I must do to please my Father in Heaven and prepare to come back to His presence. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ called Joseph Smith to be a prophet, and I know that living prophets guide us today just as they did in olden days. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God, as is the Bible. More than anything, however, I know that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior and I will do anything that He asks of me.

How I live my faith

Right now, I live my faith by trying be the best husband and father I can be. I often fall short, of course. Who doesn't? Obedience is the key, I think. I try to be obedient to the commandments as taught in the scriptures. I keep the counsel of the living prophets because I know and trust that the Lord speaks through them to me.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

The Bible explains, "And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him." As we keep His commandments, we come to understand who He is, why He does what He does, how He feels, and more. This is how we come to know our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

The term "First Vision" refers to the occasion when God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith in 1820. Joseph wanted to know which of all the churches he should join, so he prayed, They appeared to him, and They answered his question. It's called the First Vision because it was the first vision of Joseph Smith, the man God chose to be the first prophet after a long period of time with no prophet. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

For me, the easiest way to understand why authority is important is to think about the following scenario: Imagine I dress up as a police officer. If I go out to try and give people tickets for speeding, would anybody listen to me? Maybe, if they really believed I was a police officer. I may fool some people into thinking that I am a police officer. I may even have good intentions. But the bottom line is that if I have not been made a police offer by those who have the authority to make me one, anything I do as a "police officer" doesn't mean anything. In the same way, God has an authority that is called the priesthood. He gives it only to certain men to assure that things are done the right way. We as mortal beings use authority to keep things in order. Do we really think that God wouldn't keep things in order too? Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Yes. That is the simple answer. We also believe that through the years since it's been transcribed, translated, and revised, there have come to be some mistakes in it. These mistakes cause much confusion about the true doctrine of Christ's gospel, as well as about the true nature of God. That being said, we believe the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes, Mormons are Christians. The official name of the church shows this--The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We believe in Christ, we follow Christ, we know that He is the only way to salvation. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon was written by many different prophets (holy men) that God chose to speak to the people in America. One of the last prophets in the book chose certain writings of the prophets before him and put them all together in one book. This prophet's name was Mormon and so he called the book the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

To be quite honest, one of the things that tells me that there's a God is the idea of right/wrong. I've thought about it before like this--if there is no God, there's no point to doing anything that He tells me to do. I could do anything that's considered "wrong" and it would be fine because if there's no God, than the difference between right and wrong is cultural expectation. But my heart and my spirit cry out against that idea. I feel that things that are considered "wrong" because they are wrong, not because of cultural expectation but rather because of divine law. And this tells me there is a God. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

The Mormon Church began in the state of New York on April 6, 1830. That being said, we believe that the Mormon Church is the original Church of Jesus Christ, restored in its purity with the fullness of the gospel. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Yes, I really do. The Bible in many places supports this idea--that God reveals His secret to His servants the prophets, that the church of Christ is based on the foundation of apostles and prophets. More than that, God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. If He had prophets back then, why wouldn't He have them now? Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

These are all congregations of the church. A branch is the smallest independently functioning congregation and has a leader called a branch president. A ward is larger than a branch and is led by a bishop. A stake is a collection of a number of wards and branches. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Basically, a testimony is a declaration of truth as we know it. When we speak of a testimony of spiritual things, we are referring to things that can only be known as they are made known to us by the Holy Ghost. 1 Corinthians 2:12 says that we receive the Holy Ghost so we can know the things of God. My testimony is of the things that I have prayed about and felt the Holy Ghost confirming their truth to me. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

No. In many countries, the governments require a strict separation of church and state. In keeping with this, the church does not endorse political parties, nor does it tell its members how to vote. If a moral question comes into play during some kind of political movement (such as homosexuality or abortion) the Church will take a stand because moral questions are things that God has decreed and should not be changed by man. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Because we believe that a man must be called of God to perform the saving ordinances of the gospel. In other words, we know that we have to be baptized to enter heaven. We believe that it's not just any person who can perform that baptism...it must be one who has received what is called in the scriptures the priesthood, which is the power and authority to act in God's name. That priesthood was lost after the death of Jesus Christ and then was restored to Joseph Smith. It has continued in an unbroken line through him in the church. Meaning here in this church is the authority necessary to perform a baptism that is valid in the sight of God. Show more Show less

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Yes, they can. In Genesis 2, God says that it is not good for man to be alone. If it isn't good for a man or woman to be alone during this life, why would it be good for him or her to be alone after this life? With all of my heart, I do believe that my family can live together forever but only if the individual members of the family do their part. I can't drag my brother to heaven with me, nor can he drag me there with him. It's an individual effort. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No. I myself have served a mission, but I was not forced to go. My family expected me to go, and would have been disappointed if I had not gone, but nobody could have or would have stopped me if I had decided not to go. We are, however, encouraged to go if our circumstances meet the requirements. That encouragement is stronger for men than for women, but women are welcome to serve if they so desire. Show more Show less