What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Matthew

I grew up in Germany. I have 3 girls. I'm a Creative Director. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints my entire life, but unlike many Mormons grew up in a part-member family. My father is a not a member of this Church, but is a good Christian and has always been supportive of my faith. My mom is a member and has ancestors that made the trek across the plains with the early Mormon pioneers. As a child I had the amazing opportunity to spend the first half of my life in Germany while my father was stationed there as an officer in the military. This provided me with a wealth of experiences in learning about different cultures and gave me a profound respect for the United States of America. I am a true patriot and believe that this country was founded on just principles inspired by God. I am married and have been blessed with 3 beautiful daughters all of whom seem to have inherited my intense hyperactivity! My wife is an amazing woman who somehow has managed to cope with the 4 of us as I'm really just a big kid trapped in an adult's body. I love to be creative! I was a cinematography major in college with an emphasis in Multimedia Design. Over the years I have had opportunities to work in a variety of industries as an interactive designer which is great since I don't like to be stuck doing the same thing day in and day out. I believe that there are no limitations as to what one can accomplish if they work hard and believe in themselves and what they are doing.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church, but that's not why I'm a Mormon. The simple answer to this question is because I know it's true. How do you explain a feeling that you have deep in your heart? How do you convince someone of a conviction of faith? I don't think you can, it's something they really have to discover on their own. I could write an elaborate answer as to why I believe The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true Church on the earth today, but what purpose would it serve if the person reading it lacked sufficient faith to believe it? I'm Mormon because I prayed to know the truth about my purpose in life and received an answer from God. I'm Mormon because I have seen how this Church and it's teachings are changing me into the person I want to be. I'm Mormon because I continue to see God bless me in every aspect of my life. I'm Mormon because it's what brings me peace and happiness. That's why I'm Mormon. I do what I believe God wants me to do and not what others would have me do.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by being a good example to my family. The most important job on the planet is being a parent and I just want my kids to turn out better than I did. The sad reality is I think they're teaching me more than I am them. Over the years I've helped out on several service projects throughout the community. I've always enjoyed serving others and found that many of my happiest moments in life have been when I'm doing something for someone else. Like many LDS young men when I was 19 I took 2 years out of my life to serve as a full time missionary in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Some of my non-Mormon friends thought I was insane to take that much time off from college. I think that this experience helped me see the world from a different perspective and helped shape my character. I know that my faith increased substantially from the opportunities and challenges I faced while living there. I returned home and got my degree, ironically before some of my critics. I look back at this experience as one of the key moments in my life that helped shape my faith. Like Jesus Christ, I had the opportunity to forget myself for 2 years and just serve others. This was a real blessing and I'm glad I did it.

Are Mormons Christians?

Matthew
The official name of the Mormon Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I would think that this alone would answer this question. We are Christians. Jesus Christ is the head of this Church. He is our Savior and Redeemer. We try to pattern our lives in following his example by doing good to all mankind. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Matthew
Faith is the first principle of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In the Bible we learn that “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” It’s a spiritual sense that tells us when something is true even if we’re unable to use our other senses to confirm it. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Matthew
Mormons believe in the Bible because Mormons are Christians. We believe the Bible to be the word of God so long as it is translated correctly. Unlike other scriptures Mormons read such as The Book of Mormon, the Bible has been translated multiple times throughout history and many of the plain truths have been lost as a result. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Matthew
The priesthood is the authority to act in the name of God. Following Christ's death the Apostles held his priesthood but were slowly killed off until the priesthood authority was lost from the earth. This period of time is known as the "Great Apostasy." This authority was later restored in modern days through the Prophet, Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Matthew
Why not? Throughout history the Lord has called prophets to do his work. Why would today be any different from ancient times? Why would the Lord deny his children a leader to instruct them of God's will? Yes, we believe that he have living prophets on the earth today as has always been the case throughout history. Show more Show less