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Hi I'm Matt

Born and bred in upstate NY. I'm a hero to my 3 kids and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Married with three kids. Work for an ad agency doing project management, research and analysis. I like music and movies. I like hiking, biking, volleyball and golf. I like watching the Utah Jazz and BYU football and basketball. I like going on trips with my family, usually someplace outdoorsy or to Disneyland.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm Mormon because I've found that living Christ's teachings is the only way to truly be happy. When I take what I learn in the scriptures and at church and actually put those things in to practice it makes a big difference in my life. More importantly, I've felt in my heart that Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's true and living church on earth. That knowledge gives me and my family important tools necessary to return our Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I live my faith one day at a time. Nobody knows me better than me. I know the things I need to work on and I've learned enough at this point in my life to know when something isn't contributing to a happy life. I live my faith by trying to fix my errors from yesterday and focusing on doing what's right today and in the future. Being cognizant of what I'm doing and how my decisions effect myself and others makes it easier when challenges arise. On Sundays I go to church and during the week I visit people neighborhood to see if there are ways myself or others can help. We help people move in or out, host softball games on the church ballfield and organize neighborhood cleanups.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Matt
Mormon church services are held on Sundays and anyone, mormon or not, is invited. Where I live now the "meetinghouse" is within walking distance, but growing up it was a 45 minute drive. The services last 3 hours, but there are three separate meetings so you're not sitting in the same place the whole time. The first meeting is called Sacrament meeting. At the beginning of this meeting the sacrament (bread and water) is served for members to renew baptismal promises. The balance of the meeting is made up of speakers that have prepared "talks" that they deliver from the podium to the congregation. Hymns are also sung in this meeting. The remaining two hours are a Sunday school format, where adults, teens, and children split into respective classroom style instruction. In the classroom atmosphere all are encouraged to share insights which lead to discussions where everyone learns from the instructor and from each other. In some cases the Sunday school meetings are held first and Sacrament meeting is held last. Show more Show less