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Hi I'm Matt

I work as a pharmacist in West Texas. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a pharmacist, a husband and a father of four beautiful daughters. I love spending time with my family. In my free time, I work on projects at home, read, travel, follow sports --especially college football and the olympics, Facebook and watch a few reality shows on TV.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family who is active in the church. My parents were always a good example of service and integrity. As I continued to grow, I was taught from the scriptures and from the words of the living prophets. I witnessed how these principles blessed the lives of my family members and many other people. After I graduated from high school, I developed a desire to serve as a missionary for the church. I prayed and studied the scriptures more intensely during this time. As I did this, I began to recognize the confirming witness from the Holy Ghost that the things which I had believed for so long were true. It was a feeling that filled my heart with joy and increased my desire to share the gospel message with others. That was sixteen years ago, and I have since had many opportunities to serve the Lord's sheep both in and out of the church. The confirming witness of the Holy Ghost is now a constant and essential part of my life. As we read in John 14:26, the Holy Ghost truly "comforts" us, "teaches" us and "brings all things to our remembrance." We learn in the Book of Mormon that the Holy Ghost is a witness of all truth. It is through these daily "witnesses" that my Faith in Christ continues to grow and that I know the things which I have learned in the church are true.

How I live my faith

The most important way I try to live my faith is in my own home. My wife and I try hard to teach our children that we are to be disciples of Jesus Christ, and we should try to follow the things that He and His prophets have taught. We pray together, study the scriptures together, have family activities together and give service to others together, so we can strengthen our own faith in Jesus Christ and help others to develop faith in Him as well. At church, I currently serve as a leader in a priesthood organization. As such, I am responsible to see that that each member of the priesthood group has opportunities to provide service to others, to be taught the gospel and to be strengthened through fellowship with other members of the church. I have regular opportunities to meet with other leaders of our congregation to discuss how we can best help members of the congregation to come unto Christ and to discuss what we can do to help any of the members who may be having personal struggles. Along with another member of the priesthood, I visit the homes of church members to express love and concern for them, to see that all of their needs are being met and to teach and share my personal witness with them about the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Matt
It was a commandment from the Lord. While polygamy was never widely practiced in the church, it was practiced by a small percentage of church members from the 1840's until the late 1890's. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Matt
A ward is a congregation of church members. A branch is a small congregation of church members. A stake is a group of wards & branches. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Matt
We believe the Book of Mormon to be a volume of scripture comparable and complementary to the Bible. Some outside of the church have, therefore, nicknamed us the "Mormon Church." However, we do not worship the prophet, Mormon, anymore than Baptists worship John the Baptist or Lutherans worship Martin Luther. We only loosely call ourselves "Mormons." We prefer to call ourselves members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Matt
After His resurrection and before the Savior ascended into heaven, He told His disciples to go teach the whole world His gospel and baptize them. We are fulfilling this command by the Savior as the missionaries proselyte. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Matt
In order to receive salvation, we must have faith in Jesus Christ Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Matt
The purpose of life is to receive a physical body via birth and to be tested to see if we will be faithful to the commandments of the Lord despite our not being in His immediate presence. As we are obedient to the commandments and seek forgiveness for our sins, which only comes through the atonement (or sacrifice) of Jesus Christ, we become His disciples; we are cleansed from our sins, and we become prepared to return some day to our Father in Heaven where we may receive eternal life. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Matt
Faith is a confidence in something which cannot be presently seen. Faith is greater than mere belief since it always motivates its possessor to some kind of mental or physical action. Faith must be centered in Jesus Christ to result in Salvation. By growing in faith through obedience to the Lord's gospel, we gain access to His grace, obtain a hope of eternal life in the world to come, receive charity for all of mankind and become true disciples of the Savior. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Matt
We believe that family relationships are the sources of life's greatest joys. We also believe that families can be together forever. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Matt
Temples are used to perform sacred ordinances for the living and in behalf of the dead (i.e. baptism for the dead, etc.). These ordinances, revealed by God, are necessary for the eternal progression of every individual upon the earth. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Matt
The purpose of welfare services in the church is to care for the poor and the needy and to teach the principle of self-reliance. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Matt
We believe that we are children of God. He is literally the Father of our spirits. We are created in His image or likeness. He is a being who perfectly represents the principles of Love, Mercy, Justice, Kindness, Power, Knowledge and every other good or noble thing. We believe that He has a plan for each of us to prepare us to return to Him and to become more like him. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Matt
No. Polygamy is not practiced in the church today. In the 1800's, a small percentage of church members did practice polygamy. They did so to be obedient to commandments of the Lord. We believe that polygamy has never been appropriate unless specifically authorized or commanded by God. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Matt
The Relief is the largest and oldest women's organization in the world. It gives all of the women in the church an opportunity to serve others, receive gospel instruction, learn skills and principles which will enrich themselves and their families, and associate together in friendship and love. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Matt
We believe in sexual purity before marriage and complete fidelity in marriage. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Matt
No. We don't worship Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith was the prophet who was called to restore the church on the earth. We revere him as such. We worship our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Matt
No. We believe in helping whoever we can. Over 100 million dollars in food and supplies have been provided by the church to aid in humanitarian causes throughout the world. We also seek to give service where needed --such as in cases of natural disaster or simply in needed community service. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Matt
Baptism is a physical ordinance. As such, one must have a physical body to be baptized. Those who have died without being baptized must still receive this ordinance to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. We perform proxy baptisms in temples, under priesthood authority, so that all mankind might have an opportunity to receive eternal life if they accept the gospel of Jesus Christ --either during this life or afterwards. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Matt
A testimony is a statement of belief in the gospel based upon a spiritual witness from the Holy Ghost. We believe that the Holy Ghost will confirm the truth of all things as we pray in faith about them. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Matt
We believe that all must be baptized to enter the Kingdom of God. Being baptized requires a physical body. Since those who have died do not have a physical body, we are baptized in their behalf in the temple. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Matt
Baptism is necessary to become a member of the church and is necessary for eternal life. The Savior spoke in St. John 3:5 "Except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Matt
In harmony with what Jesus taught Nicodemus in John 3:5, we must be baptized in order to enter the Kingdom of God. Show more Show less

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

Matt
We believe that fathers are responsible to provide the basic necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture and upbringing of their children. In these roles, husband and wife are to support each other as equal partners. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Matt
We must not allow its influence into our homes. We must be vigilant in teaching our children about its dangers. We should oppose governmental efforts to allow more widespread access to pornography, and we should uphold candidates and bills who oppose this societal vice. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Matt
This term is used by opponents of the church in an attempt to disparage it and keep others from learning about it. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Matt
Our disobedience to God's commandments makes us unworthy to return to His presence. We can be cleansed from our sins because of Jesus Christ. Even though He never sinned, suffered and died to pay the price for all of our sins so that we could return to God if we would follow Him. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Matt
No one is required to serve a mission. Young men are encouraged to serve a mission. Young women are allowed to serve a mission if they desire, and senior couples are encouraged to serve a mission. Show more Show less

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

Matt
With the death of the apostles in the early church, the priesthood (the authority to act in the name of God) was lost from the Earth. Although the records of the prophets and apostles were gathered and finally compiled into a book we recognize as the bible, the authority to baptize and to establish Christ's church was still not present. In order for this authority to be present once again, angels were sent to the prophet Joseph Smith and his scribe, Oliver Cowdery. These angels stated that their purpose was to restore this authority, and they did so by laying their hands on the heads of Joseph and Oliver and ordaining them to the priesthood. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Matt
When the prophet passes away, the one who has been a member of the quorum of the twelve apostles the longest becomes the next prophet. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Matt
The priesthood is the right to act in behalf of the Lord Jesus Christ. The priesthood is used to serve and bless all of our Father in Heaven's children. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Matt
The church is financed via the tithing of the membership of the church. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Matt
Through the thoughts and feelings which come to us through the Holy Ghost, we can know mormonism is true. These feelings come as we have Faith in Jesus Christ, pray for forgiveness of our sins, study the words of ancient and modern prophets and ask God sincerely through prayer if these things are true. I have done these things, and I do know that mormonism is true. I receive daily confirmations from the holy ghost of this fact as I strive to develop Faith in Christ, repent of my sins and become one of His disciples by following His words. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Matt
Through the grace of Christ, we are saved after doing all that we can do to follow Him. Our actions do not save us. Only His atoning sacrifice in our behalf reconciles us to God and gives us the ability to repent. Through the grace of Christ, we are also enabled to accomplish many good things in this life which otherwise would've been beyond our own capacity to achieve. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Matt
The church was officially organized in Fayette, New York, USA on April 6th 1830. Show more Show less

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

Matt
Yes, by being married in a temple by the proper priesthood authority, a man and a woman can be together forever as husband and wife. Couples who did not get the opportunity to receive this ordinance during this life can still be "sealed" together forever as someone else receives this ordinance for them. Families who have been sealed together on Earth, will live together forever in Heaven. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Matt
Yes, and the Book of Mormon recounts this event. You can know this is true as you read it and ask God in faith if it is true as counseled by the apostle James James 1:5. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Matt
Baptism is necessary to receive eternal life. It is therefore necessary that the ordinance not only be recognized by man but also by God. A man must have authority from God to perform a baptism to have it recognized by Him. Show more Show less

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

Matt
Yes. Marriages that are performed in the temple "seal" a husband and a wife together forever if they honor their promises to each other and to God. Jesus Christ spoke of the sealing power to the apostle Peter, "...I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven Mat. 16:19." We also believe that families that are sealed will live together in heaven. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Matt
The Book of Mormon is another witness for the Savior, Jesus Christ. It contains the Gospel of Jesus Christ and teaches that all men must come unto Him in order to receive forgiveness of sins and hope of salvation after this life. The Book of Mormon is a companion volume of scripture to the Bible. It contains the records of prophets who lived on the American continent beginning 600 BC until about 421 AD. It also contains an account of the visit of Christ to this people after His ascension into heaven as recorded in the New Testament. During this visit, He taught His gospel, organized His church, authorized individuals to act in His behalf in administering the ordinances of the gospel, healed their sick and blessed their children. The book is named after the prophet Mormon, one of the last writers in the book, who compiled the majority of the record and added his own testimony of the Savior. The Book also contains a brief account of another people who lived on the American continent beginning shortly after the languages of the people were confused at the Tower of Babel. This people also had prophets who testified of the Savior, but eventually, the people rejected the prophets and were destroyed because of their wickedness. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Matt
Mormon missionaries and their families fund their own missionary activities. In cases of financial hardship, other members contribute money to support the missionary's activities. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Matt
The church teaches tolerance for all people, regardless of race, nationality or personal beliefs --including homosexuality. All are invited to learn about the gospel and follow the Savior. Homosexuality and same sex marriage are important to the church because they are divergent from the teachings of the prophets and have potential to damage the concept of family in society. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Matt
We sustain Thomas S. Monson as the president of the church. He is the prophet today. Fourteen other men serve in the first presidency with President Monson or in the quorum of the twelve apostles. Each of these men is also a prophet Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Matt
In the Spring of 1820, a 14 year old boy named Joseph Smith went into a grove of trees to seek an answer from God. For some time he had struggled over which church he should join. One day, he read James 1:15 which reads, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God which giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him. With faith in the promises of the Lord, Joseph knelt in that grove of trees and offered his heartfelt prayer to God. In a marvelous, majestic answer to this simple prayer, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to the boy, Joseph. The Father spoke saying, "Joseph, this is My Beloved Son. Hear Him." Joseph then asked the Savior which church should he join. He was answered that he must join none of them because they were all wrong. Through this and many other experiences, Joseph Smith was called as a prophet of God, and the Lord's church was eventually restored by God to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Matt
There are no restrictions on church membership or holding the priesthood based on race, color or nationality. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Matt
Yes. Just as Moses spoke with God and lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, we have a prophet today who receives revelations from God to help us with the challenges we face in life today. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Matt
We believe the bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Matt
After Judas Iscariot committed suicide, the remaining apostles met and selected another individual, Matthias, to fill the vacancy. We follow the same pattern of church organization today. We believe the calling of apostles is a key foundational doctrine of the Lord's church. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Matt
We believe that abortion is only acceptable when the life of the mother is in jeopardy or in cases of rape or incest. Serious prayer and consideration should be given by those affected when making this decision since life is such a precious gift. The church encourages adoption in the case of unwanted pregnancies. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Matt
The Book of Mormon was written by prophets who lived on the American continent during the time period beginning shortly after the Lord changed the people's language at the Tower of Babel in the Old Testament until approximately 421 AD. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Matt
Tithing is used to build and maintain temples and church buildings, and to perform the other daily operations of the church. The church operates three universities, a welfare production and distribution program, a large family history center, several temple visitor centers, a church history museum and some landmarks which are historically significant in church history. The coordination of the worldwide church, its missionary program and a seminary/institute program throughout the world are also made possible through tithing. The only ecclesiastical leaders who are supported by tithing are the general leaders of the church who are focused full-time on the work of the church. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Matt
The order of the universe, including: the order of galaxies and of our own solar system; the unique characteristics of our earth which make life possible; the common feeling that there is a purpose to life; the common desire of humans to be in harmony with our creator; the conscience inside each of us; the joy of parenthood; the thirst for learning; the beauty of the earth from the smallest flower to the most majestic mountain range to the wide, expansive ocean; the Holy Ghost which gives us direction from God; books of scripture which were written by prophets of God and which bear "good fruit" in our lives as we hearken to their principles; the smile of a baby; the kindness of a friend; the sacrifice of a parent for his/her family; the love we feel in families, and the love we gain for all mankind as we serve each other are just some of the things that tell me there is a God. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Matt
Tithing, donating 10% of one's income to the church, is a principle of obedience which has been practiced by followers of Jesus Christ throughout time. The commandment to continue this practice has been reiterated by modern prophets. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Matt
We can increase our faith in Jesus Christ by living in obedience to His gospel. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Matt
Yes. The Bible is part of the scriptures of the church. We believe the Bible is the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Matt
To become a member of the church a person must have faith in Jesus Christ, must be willing to repent of his/her sins and must be willing to follow the commandments given to us by the Lord through His prophets. Then, that person may become a member of the church by being baptized and confirmed by a member of the priesthood. Show more Show less

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

Matt
You can learn about the church by attending any of our meetings, and by visiting with the missionaries. Directions to a congregation in your area and requests for the missionaries to visit your home can be found on mormon.org You can also talk to a member of the church. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Matt
We believe that part of our Heavenly Father's plan is that our families can be together forever if we are married in the temple and are obedient to the gospel. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Matt
Church is a place where we have our worship services, Sunday school and cultural activities. The temple is a holy place where families are joined together forever and where baptism and other ordinances can be performed for those who have died. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in “eternal life?”

Matt
We believe in eternal life because God is eternal, and we are His children. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Matt
Yes. We are Christians. One of the ancient prophets in the Book of Mormon said it best, "...we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." 2 Nephi 25:26 Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Matt
The truthfulness of the message as confirmed by the Holy Ghost to the hearts of all who will ask in faith is why the church continues to grow at such a rapid pace. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Matt
The Mormon Church was founded by a modern-day prophet, Joseph Smith, under the direction of our Savior, Jesus Christ. To fulfill the laws of the state of New York, it was organized with six original members. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Matt
Although the church does not endorse political parties or candidates, members are encouraged to be active in the political process to encourage principles of good government. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Matt
In order for us to be able to help others, we must first be able to take care of our own personal and family needs. The church encourages members to receive all of the education and training necessary to support one's own family. We are also encouraged to prepare for potential emergencies by maintaining up to a year's supply of food and other necessary items for use in the event of natural disasters, economic hardship, etc. Show more Show less