Hi I'm Matt
I am married with two children ages 2 and 4 months. My wife and I are currently living in the southern United States where we attend medical school. We are both from the west coast.
Why I am a Mormon
In this world right now, every day I look at the news and see how many things are going wrong. So many people attacking, slandering, lying, or cheating on others. There is no foundation upon which to build. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides such a foundation. It teaches precepts that help us to find true happiness no matter what is going on around us. The Gospel of Jesus Christ provides a way for us to raise our children to fulfill their potential and find true happiness in this life. It gives us the strength to stand tall even in adversity or temptation. Most importantly, when I prayed about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith, there was an overwhelming feeling telling me this is true. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God and Joseph Smith was called as a prophet of God.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
We believe that the gospel restored through Joseph Smith will provide the opportunity for our families to be together forever. In other words, even after death, our families will be reunited to live together forever. On top of this, the gospel provides the knowledge to know how to find true happiness in this life and always have the happiness and peace throughout our life. This is the reason we go on missions. We have found such great happiness through the Church's doctrine that we want others to have the same happiness we have found. As such, we go out into the world to teach others about the happiness they have can in this life and about the ability to return to live with God, our Heavenly Father, will our family, forever.
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
The Plan of Happiness has shaped the way I look at the world. In my training, I see so many people suffering physically and emotionally because of things that could be avoidable if they lived by the gospel. The Word of Wisdom teaches us to avoid alcohol and tobacco. Many of the people I see each day could be saved the problems they encounter if they only lived by this principle. More importantly, when someone passes away, I know that this is not the end for them. Since I understand that this life is just a test to help us return to live with Heavenly Father, I know that we can see and be with our families again after this life is over. This way of thinking changes the way I treat death. I know it is not the end!
How I live my faith
I live my faith by attending church every Sunday, reading the scriptures daily, and teaching my family as often as possible about Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. Since the precepts taught by this church have shaped my life, I live by them each and day. Each Sunday I teach a Sunday school class where a lesson is taught on a gospel principle, ie faith, repentance, baptism, etc.