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Hi I'm Matt Pettijohn

I'm a husband, a father, a son, a Soldier. Oh yeah....by the way if you haven't guessed it yet, I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father. I have three children, all girls. I am a member of the United States Military serving as a linguist. I am your everyday, ordinary, normal guy.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that the teachings that are found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are true. While reading the Book of Mormon I came to the realization that the words were written by Prophets of the Lord. I read and read and continued to be amazed at what I was learning. The Book of Mormon is truly an inspired book. It is the keystone of our religion. All things come back to it, if it is true then it is all true: Joseph Smith is a Prophet, Christ's Church has been restored to the Earth, the Priesthood authority has been restored to guide the Church, modern day Prophets lead and guide the Church today and on and on. If the Book of Mormon weren't true then none of the other statements that I have made are true. It all falls apart without the Book of Mormon. I know for myself that it is true and will continue to believe that for the rest of my life.

How I live my faith

I do my best to live my life in accordance with Gospel principles and follow the teachings of Jesus and the Prophets. I strive to help my family to keep the commandments and learn how they can find the same joy that I have in the Gospel. My wife and I have been sealed for eternity in the Temple, I do all that I can to cherish and honor the covenants that we have made with each other so that our family can remain together in this life and in the life to come.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Matt Pettijohn
According to the Articles of Faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints verses 4,5 4 We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost. 5 We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof. Accordingly, baptism is a necessary ordinance that is a requirement for returning to live with Heavenly Father in the life to come. When an individual seeks to join the Church, they are required to be baptized by one who has the authority to administer the ordinance of baptism. We believe that this authority can only be found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Book of Mormon 2 Nephi 31:17 Wherefore, do the things which I have told you I have seen that your Lord and your Redeemer should do; for, for this cause have they been shown unto me, that ye might know the gate by which ye should enter. For the gate by which ye should enter is repentance and baptism by water; and then cometh a remission of your sins by fire and by the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Matt Pettijohn
Thanks to the sealing power of the Priestood, that which is bound here on Earth shall also be bound in Heaven. In holy temples families can be sealed together husband to wife and parents to their children. Sacred covenants or promises are made between a loving Heavenly Father and those sealed in the temple. If we live up to the covenants we make (that we be honest, true and faithful to our God and to our spouse) in this life, God promises us that we will be able to spend eternity together. Death is not an end to our family relationships, our spirits live forever. At some point in the future we will all be resurrected and our spirits will rejoin with our bodies. Jesus not only overcame spiritual death he also overcame physical death. In our bodies we will again be able to see, hear and touch those whom we love. I know some people that have lost love ones and there is some apprehension about whether or not they will ever see them again. They need not fear. We knew each other before we came to this world. I know that we will be able to see our loved ones after we depart this Earth. What an awesome plan it is that He has provided for us. He has given us the chance to come to this Earth, gain physical bodies, fall in love, enjoy a lifetime of ups and downs with our families and finally end up with them together forever after this Earth life is over. I know this is true. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Matt Pettijohn
Take a look around at all of the various Christian faiths. How is it that Christ's teachings can be so varied and different? Is there a right and a wrong among them? I say that anything that brings you closer to the teachings of Christ and salvation is good. However, there is only one church that is Christ's Church on the Earth today and that is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I know that this is a bold statement, but this is a bold truth. God is not a God of confusion, he is a God of clarity and truth. Jesus formed His church while on the Earth. He was at the head and his apostles were the key administrators. All held the Priesthood necessary for administering the affairs of the church. After his death the church was left to the apostles with Peter at the head. The apostles traveled widely to teach and to preach, but even within their day apostasy began to creep into the church. Eventually the apostles were killed and the leadership of the church was lost, as was the Priesthood. Fast forward to the end of the middle ages. Some who preached began to realize that the church and its teachings had veered far from what was originally taught. Then reformations and the protestant movements began. They knew that change must come. Change came, but without divine guidance and the Priesthood they continued to break apart from each other which has led to the thousands of sects that are around today. It was necessary for a full restoration to occur, and occur it. Show more Show less