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Hi I'm Matthew David

I'm an editor, writer, and most importantly, a father and husband. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Originally from Colorado, I moved to Utah to attend school and earn a master's degree in creative writing. I work as an editor for a family history company. I have an incredible wife and two young boys. I spend most of my free time with my kids, but I enjoy a number of hobbies. I love speculative fiction, so I enjoy writing stories, reading great books, and so on. My passion is books and publishing in general, so I am always trying to expand my understanding of this field, it's history and future.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have believe that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior and I have received strong, personal witnesses that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the church the He has organized. I was born in a family of Mormons and grew up a member, but my testimony of the truth of our Church is not some simple regurgitation of my parents' faith. For one thing, my parents always taught me to think for myself, to come to my own conclusions, and I have. There have been times in my life when I seriously doubted, when I explored other options, and when I gave up on religion all together. But I testify that those ways are not The Way. I have many friends who are atheists and who are fond of pointing out how "unscientific" religion is. In my experience, gaining a testimony of Jesus Christ and of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of the most fundamentally scientific experiments possible. God does not expect us to follow Him blindly. He expects us to put Him to the test. In the end of the Book of Mormon, there is an invitation to try just such an experiment. Moroni, who is the author of that section, encourages readers to put the Book of Mormon to the test. He urges them to read the book with an honest desire to know the truth. Then, when we have read it, he encourages us to "ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true." But, as with other experiments, we need to make sure all the conditions are met, that all our equipment is turned to the right settings and that we're using all the right ingredients. In this case, Moroni says we need to "ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ." If we have done these things, if we have honestly set about to try this experiment as Moroni has described it, then we will get the promised result: "[God] will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." (These quotes are from the Book of Mormon, Moroni 10:4-5.) Others prophets, both those living today and those in the ancient scriptures, have suggested similar experiments to confirm our testimonies. I am a Mormon because I have conducted these experiments and have been blessed to receive the answers through the Holy Ghost. I have read the Book of Mormon and have prayed to know of its truth. The Spirit has burned within me to confirm that it is. I have sought in my life to live the way Jesus Christ has asked me to and as a result, He has shown me that His way is the best way, the only way by which I can be reunited with Him and with my Heavenly Father, and by which I can live with my wife and children, my parents and siblings, and all my family forever. I am a Mormon because I believe that Jesus Christ is my Savior and this is the path He wants us to take.

How I live my faith

The most important way I live my faith is as a husband and a father. In my home, I try to live the principles taught by Jesus Christ and to be a good example to my family. It is important to me that my children understand my faith and understand why I choose to live the way I do so that they too can choose to follow our Savior. At church, I am a teacher of our gospel doctrine class, a Sunday school class geared toward adults who have been members of the Church for a while. The curriculum centers around the scriptures, so for each lesson, I have the opportunity to immerse myself in the words of the Lord, to strive to understand those teachings better, and to try and help others understand them better as well. The most rewarding thing about my calling is the opportunity it gives me to feel the Spirit of the Lord in a powerful way, and, more importantly, to help others feel that Spirit. Because I hold the Holy Priesthood, I have other responsibilities at home and throughout my life that help me live my faith as well. For example, I serve as a home teacher, a calling which helps support the members of our local congregation (a ward). As a home teacher, I have the opportunity to watch over several families in our ward and make sure they are doing all right. With a companion, I visit them, teach them from the scriptures and try to strengthen them spiritually. We also try to support them physically. For example, the husband in one of the families I visit has a bad back, so every spring and fall, my companion and I get to help them install the window-mounted swamp cooler. It's a small thing, but it gives us a chance to serve and to show them how much we love them.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Matthew David
Mormons do baptisms for the dead because we believe baptism is an essential step in truly accepting the Atonement of Jesus Christ into our lives and everyone deserves the opportunity to make that step. When we are baptized by the proper authority, we are symbolically telling the Lord that we want to get rid of our old, sinful lives and take on ourselves a new life modeled after our Savior. When we are baptized, this act of symbolic cleansing also seals a covenant between us and Him: if we remember Him always and keep His commandments (repenting when we make mistakes), then He will cleanse us of our dirty, mortal selves, and lead us into the presence of Heavenly Father, where we can live with Him forever. Everyone needs the opportunity to be baptized, but not everyone has that opportunity. For one thing, many people live in areas of the world or during periods of history where they never have the opportunity to hear the Gospel. But these people are children of Heavenly Father just as we are and they deserve the chance to make that covenant and live with Heavenly Father. Thus, we perform authorized baptisms for those who have passed on. Then, their spirits will be able to make their own decision, whether they want to accept the gospel and the baptism or not. We are not forcing our religion on anyone. We are simply making it available to them. Show more Show less