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Hi I'm Matt

I'm from Minnesota. I'm an actuary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 34 years old. I am happily married to a wonderful wife and we have a beautiful 2 year old daughter. I love to play sports, especially volleyball, golf, and tennis. I also like to travel with my family. I have a goal to climb to all of the highest points in the 50 states. I am a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church and learned the teachings and doctrine of the church from my parents. I am still a Mormon because I learned for myself that what my parents had taught me was true. This knowledge came from studying the gospel on my own, serving in the church and praying for answers from my Heavenly Father. I have received many answers to my prayers throughout my life. In particular, I have prayed to know whether The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's church on the earth today, whether the Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets of God, and whether Joseph Smith Jr. was a true prophet. In all cases, I have felt the Holy Spirit come into my heart and give me a personal witness that I could recognize and feel to know the answers to these and many other questions.

How I live my faith

I pray, I read the scriptures, I try hard to keep the commandments and live the standards of the church but I make many mistakes and am far from perfect - just ask those that know me!. As a male member of the church, I have the priesthood, which is spiritual power and authority from God to serve and bless others. With the priesthood, I can give blessings to my wife and daughter when they need healing or comfort. What father would not want to be able to do this for his family when they need it most? Having the priesthood and being ready to bless my family is a powerful motivator for me to live worthy of this power. I have a calling or assignment in the church to work with the young men ages 12-18 in our congregation. We meet together at church for gospel lessons each Sunday and do scouting, service and other activities during the week. There are about 15 young men in our group and in my opinion, they some of the best young men in the world. They are far from perfect but they try hard to live a different standard and be an example to their friends and classmates. They willingly give service in the church and community and it is inspiring to work with them. I also serve as a "home teacher". As a home teacher, I visit 3-4 families from our congregation each month, share a spiritual message with them and see if there are ways I can be of assistance to them. I have done this since I was 14 years old and have gotten a lot of joy out of this service. Over the years, I have seen individuals and families make changes in their lives and draw closer to their Savior. This has been a great source of joy for me in my life. I have also seen people drift away from the Lord and it has been heartbreaking. These experiences have reinforced to me that I am only in control of my own actions everyone is free to make their own decisions.

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

Matt
There are many reasons but I will share two of them that can be found in Malachi 3:8-12. First, we believe that everything we have is from the Lord and that the Law of Tithing remains in force today which says that we should return 1/10th, or 10%, to the Lord. The word "tithe" means one tenth. Paraphrasing the words of Malachi, by not paying tithing, we are essentially robbing the Lord. The second reason is to put ourselves in a position to received additional blessings from the Lord. These additional blessings are conditional and only come after we put forth the faith required to pay tithing. In the King James version of the Bible, Malachi 3:10 says, "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." What person wouldn't want the "windows of heaven" to open and "pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it"? My personal experience is that this scripture and promise from the Lord are absolutely true. I have received more blessings than I have room enough to receive. I am also amazed at the wisdom of the Lord shown by the Law of Tithing. The blessing comes after we put for the faith and, as Malachi says, the Lord challenges us to "prove" him on it. Does the Lord lie or fail in his promises? No! If you want to know whether God exists, the Law of Tithing is the perfect experiment! Show more Show less