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Hi I'm Matthew Bruce

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm Matthew Palmer. I live in Utah. I was born to parents of the Mormon faith. I served a mission for the LDS church in Ecuador for two years. I am studying Geology. I currently am employed as a teacher.

Why I am a Mormon

I mentioned that I was born to parents that are members of the Mormon church. That obviously had some influence in my being a Mormon as well; however, that is not THE reason. I believe God has ONE truth. And I believe all truth can be found within the true teachings of our Heavenly Father. I found out for myself that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the source of that heavenly truth. The way I know this is through careful study of the Book of Mormon and the Bible and through prayer to my Heavenly Father, asking Him if this was His true church. Though I have never seen God's face, or heard His voice in my physical ears, there have been too many evidences in my life and powerful spiritual experiences that I could NEVER deny that God has taught me this is His church. I know that is true.

How I live my faith

I try to have the way I live day to day be the demonstration of how I live my faith. I am certainly no where near perfect, but with the Savior Jesus Christ, He makes up for that and walks by my side. Some things I strive to do to live my faith are serve in the church. Here locally with one of the Bishops (a leader of a geographically defined congregation) I have the privilege of serving as his secretary to make sure people are able to come and visit with him when they have troubles that they need help from. I strive to pray diligently and read my scriptures first thing. Before all things I desire to put God. Again, the perfection is not near on my part, but because Jesus was perfect, I can lean on Him, and He helps me live my faith and be obedient to the commandments of God.

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

Matthew Bruce
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is literally Jesus's church. Just like in times past, the Lord communicates today through a prophet. In ancient times there were prophets at different times who communicated God's will to His children here on earth. Some of those men were Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, etc. Christ Himself eventually came to earth and performed His eternally important sacrifice, but also organized His church. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Today He still communicates to us His children, and He does it the same way He has throughout all history-through prophets. God called Joseph Smith to be a prophet in the early 1800's, to organize His church again today, and to let us know what God wants us to do. There is still a prophet today. The reason Mormons practiced polygamy is because God told the members of His church in the early days (until 1890), through His prophet, that it was then permissible to practice polygamy for reasons probably only known to God. In the Book of Mormon it teaches, "...for by the Spirit are all things made known unto the prophets" (1 Nephi 22:2). As Latter-day saints, we believe in being obedient to the words of the prophet because we know that they are called of God. We may not understand why God asks us to do certain things, but we can always know that if we follow His prophets (both ancient and modern) we will avoid drowning in the floods of life. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Matthew Bruce
Mormons believe that it is by grace that we are saved. There is scripture in the Book of Mormon that says, "for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do". This statement does help us understand that there is an obligation to live the best we can, and to become better through the enabling power of Christ, however, we must recognize that without Christ we would not be able to become what God wants us to become, but with Jesus Christ by our side, we can do anything God asks us to. I know that it is by grace that we are saved. I would never feel comfortable taking my "good works" to God and telling Him I deserve to go into the kingdom of God. It is only through Christ's sacrifice that we are able to return to our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Matthew Bruce
Baptism is essential in order to enter the kingdom of God (see John 3:5). We believe in following the example of Jesus Christ because one of the reasons He came to earth was show us His example. Christ is perfect and needed no baptism, however, He was baptized to show us how it should be done. In the LDS church there are three requirements to have a correct baptism. These requirements are taken directly from the example of the Savior: 1) The baptism must be performed by someone who holds the priesthood of God (or in other words, the person baptizing must be authorized by God to do so) 2) Jesus was baptized when He was fully capable of making this choice for Himself. Everyone who is baptized in the LDS church must be able to fully understand the decision they are making. 3) Jesus was baptized by immersion, or was covered completely by water in the river Jordan. Every baptism in the LDS church is done by complete immersion in water. Baptism is an outward display of a promise we are making to God to keep His commandments, to always remember Him, and to take Christ's name upon us. None of us are perfect, and often fail at keeping this promise perfectly. We have a special meeting each Sunday called sacrament meeting where we can go and renew our covenant (or this promise) with God. Through the grace of Jesus Christ we continually make progress, and He is so good that He always let's us keep trying to do better and better. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Matthew Bruce
The Lord will exclude no one from entering into His house. However, as it is His house, He does want us to enter with pure hearts and clean hands. He requires us to live a certain lifestyle in order to make that experience special, and so that we will feel comfortable in His house. Everyone who is baptized into the church of Jesus Christ may qualify to enter the temple if they live according to the Lord´s commandments. There is nothing secret about what happens in these temples, it is simply sacred. The Lord has provided the temple as a place to learn more about His plan for us, and more about how we may return to Him. Perhaps the most glorious thing that occurs in the temple is what Mormons call a sealing ceremony. What that means is that a husband and wife may enter the temple together and be married (or sealed) together forever, unlike a marriage outside of the temple which will only last "until death do you part". It is worth it to prepare to enter the Lord's house because it is the place where we can receive the greatest blessings the Lord has to offer (which by anyone's standards are pretty incredible!) Show more Show less