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Hi I'm Matthew

,and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Raised in southern California, and from a Mormon family through and through. . . .Yup I'm a Mormon. I love being active via out-door recreational stuff like hunting, fishing, sports games, etc. My wife teaches music at a local middle school, and I kill time working and taking classes at a local college. We currently have no children. We also, "well mainly my wife" do theater performance with a local non-profit theater company. My faith has and is becoming more and more important as I mature through life. I strive to love the Savior with all my heart, and I find great peace in living his gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I tried to reject my faith once and to say the least it didn't work out well. As I found my way back, I picked up The Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ, and read it for the first time at age 18. Sure I had read it here and there with my family and in church meetings, but this time was different. I was a man on a mission. I read the Book of Mormon everyday, sometimes for hours, I couldn't put it down. It's message of Jesus Christ told through the lives of the people in the Book of Mormon consumed my mind. In time I felt spiritually changed, and even physically. Since then I have fallen in love with the Holy Bible and Book of Mormon. To say it simply I was converted, or born again as Jesus called it. My faith in Jesus Christ and my testimony of His Latter-day Church was something which had no meaning for me until I worked at discovering it for myself. I received my witness from the spirit individually and it stands firmly independent with me. Now it is my testimony and I consider it a priceless gift from God. It took some wrestling with the Lord in prayer and studying in His word, but now I can say my life has been enriched for it. . . .that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Each new day brings challenges including physical, emotional, financial, and moral challenges, sometimes small and sometimes great. The types of challenges we face in the course of a day or week or year vary, and they could go on and on. I live my faith by striving to be consistently in-tune with the Lord, and then facing those challenges in a way that would be acceptable to Him. In so doing I've found a lot of peace and things always seem to work out. Its when I don't that I find myself struggling the most. And I can't over state the need to serve my fellow brothers and sisters whoever, wherever, however.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Matthew
Mormons believe that as soon as a person dies, the spirit departs from the body, returning to that God who gave it life. In other words, we believe that there is a life after death. In addition to just existing after death, we believe that people will live much like they do now, in that we continue to learn, grow, and progress. How much we can learn and grow depends a lot on what we do here. Plus another gift that all will receive is a body that will never die or suffer the ills of mortality. What a gift! Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Matthew
Joseph Smith was a great man, and I admire him and the work that he accomplished but I don't worship him. I worship God the Father, and His Son Jesus Christ. Like I said, Joseph Smith was a great man and an exemplary servant of the Lord just as Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Moses were. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Matthew
The term Mormon comes from the title of a book called The Book of Mormon. The book is not a book about Mormons. Mormon is the name of a man who is the author of The Book of Mormon, hence the title "The Book of Mormon". In the earliest days of the church people began picking up on our unique book and its name became a trademark for Latter-day Saints and our system of belief. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Matthew
The Apostle Paul said all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. That was well said. I think it was also Paul that said something like, "As in Adam all die, but through Christ are made alive." Sin and death are the two inevitable problems for mankind. Mankind is powerless through his own merit to prevent and resolve either of the two. During his life on Earth, Jesus Christ had power over sin and death and by conquering both he made it possible for us to do the same with his help. Show more Show less

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

Matthew
No, the Mormon Church actually has more membership outside of the United States, and as such we come from a wide variety of political backgrounds. As far as a political party goes the Mormon church's official stance is neutral. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Matthew
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints is built on the principle of continuing revelation. However difficult and controversial the practice was, it was still obeyed. Contrary to popular belief, polygamy was never made normalized practice among all the church membership. Only those who lived the highest moral standards of chastity. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Matthew
The Law of Chastity is a life style. To be chaste is to keep all sexual expressions with in the bounds of marriage between a man and a women. Like all the laws of God, it is a liberating law. If observed there is liberation from a plethora unwanted problems. Also, It really enriches my life to know that I control my body, instead of my body controlling me. One thing I've learned is that through faith God does have the power to help us control our most powerful appetites. Show more Show less

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

Matthew
Yes! Every person is entitled to take the direction in life that they so choose, that is a gift from God. This is accomplished through our own personal line of communication with God for our own lives. We must learn to communicate with God as individuals that is essential! Another way God communicates with us is through prophets. Prophets receive important information from God concerning the affairs of His church, often trailered to the needs of the people for their specific time and circumstances. Take Noah for example. Noah was told that because people had become so wicked that God was going two flood the Earth with rain. Noah plead with the people to change and warned them of the consequences of their sin, but no one listened. So God told Noah to build a boat which he did, and we all know how that story ended. Similarly, the issues of our day are addressed through modern day prophets, adapted to our needs and circumstances. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Matthew
Thomas S. Monson is the prophet today. He is an amazingly compassionate man, and I'd say that is one of his greatest characteristics for which he is known for. I heard a story once which I could hardly believe myself, but I learned of it in a documentary of his life. The story goes that back some 50 or 60 years ago when he was a young Bishop over a congregation of over 1,000+ members, he took the time every Christmas to visit all 80 widows in His congregation. Later in life he attended and spoke at every single funeral for all 80 widows. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Matthew
In the scriptures we learn of the character and nature of God and his Son Jesus Christ. The scriptures demonstrate their power and attributes of love, mercy, compassion, justice, and so forth. Having a knowledge of their divine attributes aforementioned here gives man assurance and leaves no room for doubt and fear, the antithesis of faith. Faith is trust. There are some things of such great importance and consequence that we just cant trust any man with it. For example salvation is one of those things of great importance. God and his perfect son Jesus Christ, possessing their perfect attributes are the only fit to satisfy mans fears as to allow him to place total confidence in them or in other words faith. Show more Show less

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

Matthew
Our attitude as a Church is that of unconditional love for all of Gods children. Having homosexual feelings is not a sin, but acting on those feeling is. The Church teaches that through faith in God, we can overcome temptation. The issue of same-sex marriage is important because the Church holds the traditional family unit to be divinely instituted for the benefit of Gods children, and is essential to His purposes. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Matthew
Faith in Jesus Christ gives me hope to be a better person than I currently am. And not only to better myself but to better my marriage, family, and friend relationships. Faith in Christ helps me to overcome uncertainty and live up to the high expectations that I have for myself and the expectations of those around me like my family, especially the love of my life Heather. My wife. Show more Show less