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Hi I'm Matt R.

I'm married. I'm in college. I love apple pie. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a full-time college student majoring in linguistics. I am planning on going to law school when I graduate. I married my beautiful wife in June 2009 and I've never been happier. I love language, I speak spanish. I don't often have spare time, but when I do I love to watch movies with my wife or read a book. Oh, and I absolutely love warm apple pie with vanilla ice cream.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love the Lord Jesus Christ and I love my Family.

How I live my faith

 I live my faith one day at a time. Every day includes new challenges and it is our daily choices that really show who we are.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Matt R.
I don't know if its true for you, but for me, life can get pretty hectic and confusing. God has given us the Holy Ghost to help us to both have a deeper understanding and knowledge in this life and to be able to have peace and comfort. The Holy Ghost can give us that knowledge and peace that makes life make a little more sense. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Matt R.
The very first thing that we need to do to come to know our Father in Heaven is to believe that He lives and that He loves us. When we begin to believe that above all else it becomes only natural to have an intense desire to know Him. This desire will inspire us to reach out in prayer in order to communicate with Him. I know that He loves us and as we try to get to know Him, He will reach out to us. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Matt R.
We love our families and especially for me there is nothing more important than mine. I got married a little over a year ago and my wife means everything to me. I can't imagine life without her. Fortunately for me, I don't have to. Jesus Christ has made it possible to continue to be together even after death. We have made promises with God that if we keep His commandments we will be able to be together forever. Isn't that the best? Now, does that help to answer that question? If we know that we can have our families after this life then shouldn't it take top priority? A higher priority than a job? or money? or anything? That is why family is so important to me. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Matt R.
In the Bible James teaches us that "faith without works is dead." It may sound a little harsh at first but it really is true the best way that we can express and increase our faith in Jesus is through our actions. As we make a conscious effort to act on what we know about Jesus we'll think to ourselves "hey this works, this makes sense" and it will be easier to do. In turn our faith will increase in Jesus as well. I've seen it in my own life. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Matt R.
These are all units or congregations in our church. They can be almost like a second family to us as members of the ward or local congregation reach out to one another to provide love and support to help each other to follow Jesus. Show more Show less

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

Matt R.
We don't endorse any political parties. However, the Church does encourage us to be politically active. The world is in desperate need for people to stand up for their values. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Matt R.
Eternal life doesn't mean just living forever, it means living forever as God's children, receiving the blessings that God enjoys. It means living together with our families forever. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Matt R.
It has always amazed me at how the Church has been able to help so many people around the globe. It has been able to do this through loving contributions of members throughout the world. These contributions come from rich and poor alike who are striving to build up the kingdom of God in every way that they are able. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Matt R.
This is one of the words that Mormons use often that I imagine can be a little confusing. For me a testimony is a deep conviction, knowledge, or belief. I like to think of it kind of like in a court of law, where witnesses are often called to relate their experiences in the matter. We are witnesses to the things that we know to be true. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Matt R.
Having twelve Apostles is essential to the foundation of the Church of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ himself called twelve Apostles to help in His ministry and to continue to bless others' lives after His death. After Judas Iscariot betrayed Christ and left the twelve Apostles, the vacancy was filled by Matthias see Acts 1:15-26. This pattern would have continued had it not been for the wickedness of the people at the time. Eventually all of the Apostles were killed or banished and the Church became disorganized. Nearly 2000 years later God has once again organized his Church on the Earth, once again with twelve Apostles. I'm grateful to be a part of it and have the guidance of servants called of God. Show more Show less