Hi I'm Matthew
My name is Matthew. I currently work as an Assistant Labratory Technician at a branch of ALS Chemistry Labs. I love to sing and act, but can't dance very well (although I like to try!) I have a general interest in everything, but my main hobby and passion is vocalizing and vocal performance.
Why I am a Mormon
My parents joined the Church before they met each other, and I was born a Mormon. However, my family fell out of activity in my early childhood, and was mostly inactive for the bulk of my teenage life. It wasn't until I was 16 and had made some mistakes in my life that I decided to actually pray to Heavenly Father and ask if the Church was true. I couldn't live a double life anymore. I read the Book of Mormon while on vacation in Kentucky over a 2-day period, and the stories and doctrine contained therein sunk deeply into my heart. I prayed fervently over the next few days and received a powerful witness that the Book of Mormon is indeed a truthful, historical account of some of the inhabitants of the ancient Americas. Since that day, I have done my best to live as I know Christ would want me to live. The gospel has literally saved my life on numerous occassions, as I suffer from clinical depression. When the days are hardest, it is only through a reliance on the Savior that I am able to endure.
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
My entire adult life has been marred by clinical depression. I have been in the depths of despair with seemingly no way out. When those times occured, I learned to rely on my Savior and His plan for me. I know that Jesus Christ has prepared a way so that every single soul that has ever lived can find its way back to Him and to the Father. Knowing that there is a better life after this one and that my depression is a necessary trial for me to endure in this life has pulled me out of the black pits of depression and hopelessness. It is through faith in the Savior and the Plan of Happiness that allows me to carry on through the pain and numbness of life.
How I live my faith
I currently serve as a teacher for the men's class during Sunday School, an usher during Sacrament (the Mormon communion), and the music librarian for our local Institute Choir.