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Hi I'm Matt

I am a professional college student and a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Texas with pretty much the best family ever. Now I live in Utah with my amazing wife. I am currently a university student studying epidemiology. Aside from that, I enjoy mountain and road biking, reading books, swimming, backpacking, guitars and loud music. The simple things in life are what please me the most: meeting somebody new, going to new places, helping someone in need and nice weather.

Why I am a Mormon

Life is tough, but the restored gospel of Jesus Christ makes it a whole lot easier. Mormons have to go through all kinds of things in life just like everybody else: work, unemployment, happiness, pain, security, confusion and even goofy family members. The difference is that the restored gospel gives the proper context for these things and gives guidance on how to respond. That is what has made the biggest difference for me. I was born into a Mormon household with wonderful parents whose influence has impacted me a lot, to say the least. The idea is sometimes purported that that children are "brought up to believe" based on their parent's faith. I know that God gives individual spiritual experiences to His children and desires that all find out the truth for themselves. That is why I choose to be a member of the Church and to follow its teachings. Both the Bible and the Book of Mormon are the word of God and I know that we are guided by a living prophet who has been called of God.

How I live my faith

I just try to do all things and treat others as Jesus would. I'm far from perfect, but I just do the best I can.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Matt
Some people erroneously call the Church a cult due to a lack of understanding of its teachings, practices and doctrines. All people, whether member of the Church or not, are invited to church meetings, participate in activities and worship together. We go to great lengths to provide a correct understanding of all aspects of the religion and how it will greatly bless the lives of those who live it. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Matt
God loves you and wants to help and bless you in your life. He loves you so much that He desires you to obey His commandments, which really are guidelines to truly lead a fulfilling, divinely-guided life. Baptism is a promise that you can make with God. You promise to obey His commandments and He promises to give the gift of the Holy Ghost. Baptism the way to start claiming the even greater blessings that are already yours. 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?

Matt
Before I was able to begin attending the temple, I had the same questions. Really, the temple is available to all, you just have to get prepared before you go and that starts with baptism and becoming a member of the Church! In the New Testament, Christ taught "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine" Matthew 7:6. That's not to diminish your worth and value as a human being, because I'm sure you are a great person and that's not the case. It's meant for illustrative purposes to show how the most sacred things are cared for. Think about something precious and special in your life. I"ll use the example of fine jewelry. Where are they kept? Under what circumstances do you use them? Who would you lend them out to? It's the same with the temple. What worshiping that goes on in the temple is of utmost sacredness and is treated as such. Only those members of the Church who are keep their lives in harmony with certain standards are allowed to enter. A certain level of preparation is required to enjoy and really, understand what the temple is all about. Show more Show less