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Hi I'm Matthew

I'm a graduate student in chemistry and the proud father of a precious little girl. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I don't know where to start.... I am 25, I have been married a little over a year, and we are expecting our first child in November. I just started graduate school in chemistry. I've always liked science although that is just one of many interests. I really enjoy art and wish I had more time for it. I do mostly charcoal drawings and want to get more into painting. I'm also an avid runner, and I have a passion for old books. Charles Dickens is my favorite author.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church all my life, and both my parents are members. Sometimes people discount my membership in the church thinking that I am a Mormon just because I was "born into it." But that is not why I belong to this church. I belong to the Church because I beleve in it's teachings, and I believe in its teachings because of personal experiences I have had with God. As I have prayed and come to God with questions, He has confirmed the truth to me through the Holy Ghost. I have also had many spiritual experiences through reading the Book of Mormon, and I know it to be a true book of scripture. Being a member of the Church means everything in my life. Through it I find support during the hard times and also my deepest joys.

How I live my faith

I try to see people the way that Jesus does and to recognize that everyone has great worth. I recently moved to a new place, and I am trying to become friends with my neibors and to be freindly to everyone and not just those that I "click" with. I also try to be good to my wife and make her life easier she has a lot on her plate right now with being pregnant.

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

Matthew
We need a Savior because there is no way that we, as fallen human beings, can make it on our own. All of us have sinned, and as the scriptures say, "no unclean thing can dwell with God" 1 Nephi 10:21. There is nothing we could do on our own to be cleansed of our sins. Only Jesus Christ, as the son of God and the only sinless person to ever walk the earth, could pay the price for our sins by taking the punishment for us. Because of his atonement for our sins, we can be forgiven and can be worthy to live with God after this life. Show more Show less

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

Matthew
At church services we sing hymns, partake of the sacrament or communion, and listen to talks delivered by members of the congregation. The members of the congregation all take part in the teaching and carying out various responsibilities. Visitors are welcome and encouraged. We make an effort to greet and befriend anyone new, so you can expect a friendly reception. You are free to come dresed however you chose, but most of the people will be dressed in their Sunday best. Men generally wear shirts and ties, and women wear dresses. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Matthew
We don't believe in abortion except in the case of rape or incest. If a woman becomes pregant and cannot care for the baby, it is better for her to give the baby life and to put it up for adoption. The Church has an organization to help in this process, and there are many couples who are looking to adopt. Show more Show less