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Hi I'm Matthew

I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

About Me

I'm a math teacher in an urban public school. I've been married for twenty years and have three daughters. My wife and I joined the church together right after our marriage in 1990.

Why I am a Mormon

Mormonism offers me spirituality and an eternal perspective. My faith grants my life enormous potential, has made my life much, much more than it might have otherwise been.

How I live my faith

I try to love others and serve them by being a friend. I attend my meetings. I try to set an example for my family. I am an honest man. I seek to know the Savior and be more like Him.

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Matthew
Talk to your friend, colleague, or neighbor who is a member of the Church. Visit an LDS meetinghouse on a Sunday morning, where you will be welcomed and where there will be missionaries in attendance who can listen to your questions. Ask them who some of your neighbors are who are members of the Church. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Matthew
There are many ways to serve a mission. Young men at least 18 years old, and young women at least 19 years old, may decide to serve a mission that most people are familiar with, serving away from home for 24 months (young men) or 18 months (young women). Retired couples and single women can serve missions in myriad different assignments in their community or abroad. Couples in the prime of their careers can be called to serve special leadership missions. But all of these are by choice. So the answer is "No," all Mormons are not required to serve a mission. For our part, we hope our daughters will desire to serve missions, but it will be their choice. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Matthew
Not all Mormons are able to enter a temple. To be worthy to enter a temple, members must live up to a number of obvious standards of honesty, chastity, faithfulness and paying an honest tithe. To enter a temple, members must belong to the Church for at least one full year. All people, Mormons or not, are welcome to attend Sunday worship and other meetings. In the temple, we prepare for eternity. In the meetinghouse on Sunday morning, we prepare ourselves for daily life and to be worthy to enter the temple. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Matthew
The husband and wife are the family's first line of support, defense and example. The husband's and wife's roles are unique: the father holds the priesthood and can baptize and minister to his own children. The mother fills the sacred role of motherhood and nurtures and raises children into adulthood. The husband and wife rely upon each other and appreciate each other and make their love and respect for each other known to their children. Show more Show less