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Hi I'm Matthew

I'm a college student, a father, and a Mormon.

About Me

After serving for two years as a missionary in Argentina, I moved from my home in Utah to Florida. Here, I met my beautiful wife, and we were married for time and all eternity. We've been blessed with one baby girl and are both learning what it means to be parents. I work as a paralegal in a law firm downtown and go to school in the evenings. I do my best to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and try to be a good example for my friends, family, and in my community.

Why I am a Mormon

I think that above all else, God wants us to be happy. Just like a parent who wants their children to be happy, God provides for us, teaches us, and helps us when we make mistakes. The Gospel is a part of God's perfect plan for our happiness. As a Mormon, I learn the principles of the Gospel through faith and action. When I look back on my life, I can see the many blessings that I've received because of this faith. I know that if I continue to apply the things I learn at church, I will draw closer to my Heavenly Father and be happy. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being a good example to those around me and reaching out to them in love. I do my best to be a responsible citizen and try to help to improve my community. I look for opportunities to serve others and try to be understanding of everyone, even if they're different than me. I also help out in my local congregation. Under the direction of my bishop, I help care for the members of the church in our area. I'm primarily responsible for two organizations in our congregation: The Primary - children from 18 months to 12 years old, and the Young Women - girls from 12 to 18 years old. Working with the leaders of these organizations, I coordinate Sunday classes and weekly activities. I meet with and visit the members of the church and try to help them live the Gospel. I sometimes give talks on Sunday or fill in for a teacher that couldn't make it. I'm also in charge of coordinating the weekly cleaning of the chapel and assist in other administrative tasks.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Matthew
I find that a great way to understand the Book of Mormon is to try to better understand the Bible. The Bible is a collection of books written by men who were called and inspired of God - i.e. Moses, Isaiah, Peter, Paul, etc. When we think about how the Bible was created - by God calling men and inspiring them to write scriptures - it's easier to understand that God would be doing the same thing anywhere where there were groups of His children willing to follow His commandments. The Book of Mormon is a record of the scriptures that God gave to His children on the American continent. During the same time that God was inspiring men in Jerusalem to write scriptures, He was also inspiring men in America to do the same. Many years later, after the authors of the sacred books had long passed away, God revealed these scriptures to Joseph Smith, who was inspired to translate them to English. This set of scriptures from the American continent confirms and supports the truths of the Gospel of Christ and are meant to help us to draw closer to Him. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Matthew
The Holy Ghost, together with God the Father and Jesus Christ, helps us understand and live the Gospel. If we do our best to follow what the Holy Ghost teaches us, we will be happy, and he will lead us to Christ. The primary role of the Holy Ghost is to testify of the truth. He testifies to us through our thoughts and feelings. He can remind us of things that we already know, or teach us things that we have never learned. We receive the guidance of the Holy Ghost by asking for it in faith. Many people don't realize that the Holy Ghost is trying to teach them because he communicates through our own thoughts and feelings. If you faithfully ask God for guidance, the righteous thoughts and feelings that come to your heart and mind are probably signs of the Holy Ghost trying to guide and teach you. Show more Show less