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Hi I'm Matthew Von Trapp

I have been been around the world and a part of many industries. I'm now living in Qatar, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I think I'm an 'average guy' who has had an extraordinary life. I would say that I have been blessed in many ways. Most of my blessings have come through other people: good Christians who were kind and thoughtful and who genuinely were interested in blessing me. You might think that these people were Mormon.... but like Ruth of old... the majority were Catholic, or Lutheran, or Protestant etc. Such is the nature of our loving God... that He cares for all of His children ... and the light of Christ sheds abroad in the hearts of all the children of men. If you cherish that light, and seek to have it magnified in you, then you will come to a more complete knowledge of the truth... and continue to find more truth throughout your life. I Cherish my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and hope that I can 'be an example of the believers.' I hope you too will find the peace that comes from obedience to God's commandments.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother's side of the family were devout, faithful, and strict Catholics... and my Father's side were Protestants. Both my Mother and Father converted to the Mormon church before my birth, but my conversion was my own. Through careful study of the Book of Mormon, I gained a testimony of it's truthfulness, and that testimony was confirmed powerfully in prayer one day. I knew there were only two churches on the earth that even claimed to have God's authority ...or to even be His church... so I didn't have to search far and wide. But I did have to take the process seriously. My prayers were answered, and Heavenly Father showed me that He loves me... as He does all His children. How grateful I am to have come to an understanding that the Book of Mormon is His word, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is His church. After gaining a testimony of the Book of Mormon It took some time to realize that I needed to have more than a testimony, I needed to become 'converted' - a person who lives all the teachings to the best of their abilities- a person who is a disciple more than just appreciative of the gospel truths. So I have spent a lot more time investing in my relationship with my Savior and with Heavenly Father. It has been the best time of my life... filled with inner peace in a troubled world.

How I live my faith

I try to be Christ-like (do as he would do if He were here)... acting in His behalf. Feed the hungry, reaching out the needy, and comforting those who stand in need of comfort. I also try to fill myself spiritually through personal worship by daily scripture study and prayer in my Bible and Book of Mormon. I have a long way to go (as many who know me will attest to)... but I will continue to try; calling upon our Lord Jesus Christ for divine assistance. Like anyone, I encounter circumstances every day that challenge these goals. Someone cutting me off in traffic, an unkind word from a co-worker, or other trials make it hard to act in the way that Christ taught. After all, If we each had the capability to overcome our weaknesses and sin through our own efforts, we would have no need of the Savior. We do need Him, and it is only through His grace that we can achieve our true potential. I am also very interested in political governments and it amazes me how much society is in need of His teachings and His ways. Even a society that chooses the simplest of principles- such as living by the golden rule, receives benefits to the same degree that they have implemented principles of peace. Try it in your life - and see if it doesn't bring you and your loved ones more peace.

What is being a Mormon like?

Matthew Von Trapp
Each of us will face challenges and obstacles whether we are righteous or not. Christ is a good example of that. Being a member of Christ's church means that we have more resources, tools, guides, and support as we continue on life's journey. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Matthew Von Trapp
As a member of the LDS Church in the Middle East, I get to see some of the work the church does in this region. Often times -in fact most times- the church is partnering up with Middle Eastern / Islamic charities to bring everything from wheelchairs to medical benefits to those who are lacking. To my knowledge, none of the recipients are of the 'Mormon' faith. I have had several local Arabs mention to me that they also have seen the LDS church's charitable outreach both in the region and other places. It gives me a great deal of satisfaction that both the church - and its members- try to help, serve, and otherwise improve the lives of everyone... wherever they may be. Show more Show less