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Hi I'm Matt

I am a husband and father of five kids, and teach elementary-aged students. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an elementary school teacher, husband, father of five, beautiful, energetic, and intelligent children. I enjoy the outdoors, baking and cooking, gardening with my wife and kiddos, and living life with an eye of faith single to God and Jesus Christ..

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family that embraced the Gospel. I had two sisters and a brother, and we were all baptized when we were eight. Growing up in the church wasn't always easy. I went to schools were I was in a religious minority, and I wanted to fit in. My brother died when I was a teen, and it was hard. How could that have happened? How could God do this to my family? I saw how torn apart my parents were and I believed that something good had to come from this. I believed that God loved each of us and that we are all His children. It was hard to understand why we had to go through this trial. My faith was shaken, and I decided to learn for myself what life was all about. I made some wrong choices but never stopped believing in God or Jesus. I read the Book of Mormon with a desire to know if what I was reading was from God or if it was just a good history book. I went to the Lord in prayer, and the sweet whisperings of the Spirit told me it was true. I finally came to the realization that God does love us and His love is so deep he allowed His Son to die for each of us. This conviction led me to serve a mission for the church. It was four years after coming home from serving a mission for the church, getting married and starting a family of my own that tragedy would strike my family again. My father unexpectedly died. This was one of the hardest things I had gone through. The difference this time was my knowledge that families can be together forever through the mercies and love of Jesus Christ. It is what carries me everyday of my life. I continue to be an active member of the church because I know for myself that a loving Father in Heaven allows us to go through sin and repentance, sorrow and pain, as well as happiness and joy so we can become better and more like Him. I am grateful that He has restored His church so we can be blessed with so many wonderful gifts and blessings which enable us to be forever families.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending my weekly church meetings on Sunday. At church, I get to serve my brothers and sisters in many ways. This allows me to learn about myself, the gospel, and others. I have four families that I and my son visit in their homes to share a gospel message and to see how they are doing. On every other day, I live my faith by trying my best to have personal prayer morning and night, a family prayer before my kiddos go to sleep, and a prayer with my wife before retiring for the day. I also read from the scriptures each morning which helps set the tone for the day and keeps Christ's love and mercy within view. In the church, we have many opportunities to serve our fellowman. Whenever these opportunities arise, I seek to serve. I enjoy following Christ's example of "loving your neighbor as yourself" and joy in selfless service. I also live my faith by trying my best to set a good example to my family and to those I meet in the community and work with. Being a good example of living a christian life is important because it outwardly shows my inward beliefs and convictions.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Matt
We read in the scriptures that "no unclean thing can enter the kingdom of heaven", and so it is with the temple or House of the Lord. We strive to be worthy to enter the temple by living clean, moral and honest lives. When we sin, we repent of those sins. None of us are perfect, but if we desire and work on keeping the commandments we can be worthy to enter the Lord's house. There's nothing secret about what goes on inside the temple. So why don't we talk about in detail what goes on then? It is a sacred place where sacred promises are made. Things that are sacred shouldn't be openly discussed because it loses it spirituality and sacredness. You just don't give some of your most special and precious things away. You hold then near and dear to your heart. With that being said, there are sacred ceremonies that are performed in the temple. One such ceremony is the marriage ceremony. A man and a woman desiring to be married go to the temple to be married for time and for all eternity. What a wonderful blessing this is. Another is Baptisms for the Dead. This is performed in behalf of family members that have died without hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ. It gives deceased loved ones the opportunity to accept or reject the gospel message after death. Christ brought the gospel message to those in prison after his death. Since baptism needs to be done on the Earth, we perform Baptism for the Dead by proxy in the temple. Lastly, everything we do in the temple points to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. It is His house and His work is done within it's sacred and hallowed walls. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Matt
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons, are believers in the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We believe that God has not ceased to love His children and has restored His church through a modern-day prophet, Joseph Smith. We believe that God continues to speak to us through living prophets and apostles. We believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross, and rose the third day. We believe that through the Prophet Joseph Smith, we have received another record or testament of Jesus Christ's teachings among the children of men. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Matt
Did God the Father and Jesus Christ appear to Joseph Smith? Is the Book of Mormon true? Can families be together forever? Is there a living prophet and apostles on the Earth today? If you want to know the answers to these questions, ask God with a sincere heart and with real intent. Find out for yourself, and God will tell you if it is true or not. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Matt
The Atonement of Jesus Christ was the single most important event in human history. It encompasses his suffering for the sins of all mankind in the Garden of Gethsemane, death on the cross, burial, and resurrection. He willingly bled, suffered and died for every human being so we can be forgiven of our sins, and through His grace return back to live with God the Father and Jesus Christ again. It is only through Jesus we can live with God again, and the Atonement made it possible. Without it, we would be separated from God forever. Show more Show less