Hi I'm Matthew
I teach college. I enjoy teaching, learning new things, researching, and writing. I have a family and enjoy to spend time with them. I also enjoy running, hiking, biking, basketball, and baseball.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because I read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it to know that it is true. I received an answer of its truthfulness. My faith was tried as a missionary, where I saw other people do the same as me--to find out for themselves that the Church is true. I feel of the Savior's love through witnessing of his truth and serving other people. All of these things I have done as a Mormon. Living the Gospel of Jesus Christ has brought me much happiness. When I have fallen, the Lord has lifted me up. I am not perfect, but I know that as I try to be like Jesus and to walk in His ways by following his example and teachings as found in His Church that I have greater happiness than when I don't follow his ways.
How has the Holy Ghost helped you?
The Holy Ghost has helped me to know between what is right and wrong when it has to do with religious questions and difficult decisions that I face in life.
How does making right choices help us make more right choices?
Life is a lot like a maze. We cannot get up on top and see the way out. We have to walk through it with courage and faith. Courage and faith can only be demonstrated through prayer and listening for an answer from the Spirit of the Lord. This process requires much persistance and patience. In my recent life I faced the world as a single parent while being unemployed. My solution to my problem was excercising faith. I had to have faith to move a mountain so to speak. I prayed and persisted. I had to also prioritize. Being unemployed wasn't the biggest problem I had, but being single was. I worked on getting marred first. After I purused that goal, I was in a position to pursue the other. I followed God's will for me, and as I did, my faith grew stronger and stronger. After making the right choice to marry the right person, a month later I had a job interview with a subsequent offer. The Lord helped me to solve my problems, but I had to be willing to do it his way, not mine. My way would have been the opposite. But now, I understand why it had to be His way, and not mine.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
Forgive always. Jesus told Peter and his disciples that they needed to forgive seven times seventy. Jesus meant that we should always forgive. Forgiveness is what the Gospel is all about. Heavenly Father forgives us of our sins, so we must forgive everyone that wrongs us in this life. It is about love, peace and harmony. Forgiveness provides us with peace within, and may provide peace for those within our sphere of influence if we follow Jesus' admonition and forgive other people freely and quickly without delay.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by teaching the gospel to a small group of adults on Sundays at church. I also serve in the community and attend to my civic duties.