Hi I'm Matthew Bruce
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 has the Holy Ghost helped you?
According to Galatians 5:22 one of the fruits of the Holy Ghost is a feeling of love. I believe charity and love are gifts from God, and I have been asking for those gifts lately. I believe God gives us those gifts through the Holy Ghost. In one experience recently the Holy Ghost helped me to feel love toward someone that wasn't as easy to love as all of my other friends. We were on a camping trip, and he was able to come as well. He is very socially awkward, and most people don't understand him, and therefore tend to put him on the back burner socially. There came a point where everyone was putting their shoes back on from walking through a part of our hike that had water. He was taking longer because he had boots on. The rest of the group went ahead and I waited behind. He started to open up to me and really talk to me about his life and his past. In this moment the Holy Ghost touched my heart and I felt deep Christ-like love for him. The Holy Ghost also brought a distinct thought to my mind from God and it was "He is my son. Be his friend because I love him so much". This was a powerful experience for me of feeling the Holy Ghost teaching me to love deeper and more unconditionally.
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.