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Hi I'm Matt

I grew up in British Columbia, Canada. I make short films. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a pretty curious guy. I'm creative and love to express that creativity though photos, video, blogging and all that sort of jazz. I'm a single guy, no attachments. Someday I'd like to change that.

Why I am a Mormon

 I was born into the church and attended at the insistence of my parents, just as any good and God fearing parent should do. However, you can not be a member of this church for long because someone else told you to, so in my late teenage years I began really looking at things as they were. Around age 17 I had to decide for myself if I wanted to continue down this path or not. I never felt at any time that the church was not true - the feelings and direction I would receive during the meetings I would attend had taught me it was true. When I would read the scriptures, I would be filled with a knowledge and a peace that I could not deny. So the question I had to answer for myself was not 'is the church true or not', no, rather it was more like 'do I really want to choose to follow the Lord, or do I just want to do my own thing instead?'. Of course I knew what the answer must be, but it took me a while to come around and accept it. Knowing something is right and true and acting on that knowledge in one's life can be two different things however. As I have put my faith in the Lord and done what I know He wants me to do in my life, I have always been blessed with peace. It's a peace that can come from no other source and is worth more then anything else. Most people use drugs and/or alcohol to simulate that inner peace. Of course this counterfeit means of escape doesn't last and of course it comes with some severe consequences. Such is always the downside when one is choosing between what is right... and what is easy.

How I live my faith

 Our church doesn't have full time paid clergy. Rather, members of the church are extended responsibilities referred to as 'callings' by the local leadership. When a need arises in our church, the local leadership will pray for inspiration and then extend a calling to the individual that they believe is right for the position. The person receiving the call then has the opportunity to accept or reject that calling from the Lord's representatives. In my life, I have held many callings. I have been a clerk, a member of several group presidencies, a member of several activity committees, many times I've been an instructor in large group situations and I've been a full time missionary for the church in the San Fransisco Bay Area.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Matt
Our bodies are designed to create life. The process of accessing those creative powers are most sacred and must be kept within the commandments given by our Heavenly Father. It is the will of the Father that all sexual acts are to be kept within the bonds of a legally married husband and wife. We are not authorized to access these creative powers for our own pleasure with a member of the opposite sex with whom we are not married, a member of our same sex or with no one but ourselves. Anyone who willfully or unknowingly breaks these commandments has committed sin and is in need of repentance to bring himself/herself back into God's good graces. Our Heavenly Father loves all of his children, irregardless of their choices in life. That will never change. All of us sin and make mistakes, that is why we needed a Savior. If we seek repentance, there is nothing that we can't be forgiven of. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Matt
Yes, everyone is encouraged to visit and worship with us on any given Sunday! Our meeting houses are open to the public and everyone is welcome. The first thing you may notice is a lack of crucifixes in our buildings. We know Jesus Christ suffered and died for us, but we do not glory in that. Rather, we glory in the risen Lord! A living Jesus that guides his church through his prophet on the earth! During our meetings, prayers will be offered and hymns are sung. Our congregations are referred to as 'wards'. The ward leadership is referred to as the 'bishopric'. A member of the bishopric will stand to open the meeting and greet any visitors. Any ward business such as new callings and other announcements are then taken care of. The sacrament is then blessed and passed to members of the ward, just as Jesus did at the last supper. Visitors to the ward do not need to partake of the bread and water that is passed around and can simply shake their heads if it is offered to them. After the sacrament is passed, members of the congregation will then stand and give talks on varying subjects. The bishopric extends opportunities to members of the ward to give talks usually several weeks before hand. You'll see that most members who stand at the pulpit and give talks are just regular people like you and me - scared of public speaking, but doing the best they can in spite of that. Once a month usually the first Sunday we have a church-world-wide fast day. To 'fast' is to go without food and water for a period of roughly 24 hrs. On this day, the members of the church are encouraged to pray to their Heavenly Father to give thanks for all the blessings they have and ask for his help in whatever trials they are currently facing. On the fast Sunday, the regular meeting is slightly different. After the sacrament has been pasted, the podium is open to anyone who would like to stand before the congregation and express thanks to their Heavenly Father. You will hear many testimonies of how the Lord has blessed their lives and the blessings that have come because of it. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Matt
The short answer to that is 'No'. There was a brief period of time when some members of the church did practice polygamy in the mid to late 1800s, but the practice was officially ended in 1890. Why does everyone think that we still practice polygamy then? In the late 1800s, there were some members who did not agree with the decision to stop practicing polygamy and left the church because of it. To this day, these splinter groups still refer to themselves as Mormons and continue to practice polygamy. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not recognize these groups as a part of our church in any way. We know this has caused much confusion over the years and will in all likelihood continue to do so. Please know that any member of our church who undertakes to practice polygamy now will be removed from our membership. We do not practice polygamy. Show more Show less