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Hi I'm Matt

I'm a lawyer and a Yale graduate. I love my wife. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I represent banks and lending institutions for a living. As a hobby, I translate Chinese publications into English. My wife and I drive a truck that runs on straight vegetable oil. My brother-in-law converted the engine to run that way. In the 1990s, I served a mission sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with Chinese speaking families in the Los Angeles area.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom met with missionaries from the church when I was in grade school. I first read the Book of Mormon when I was 14 years old. In this church, the important thing is to read the Bible and the Book of Mormon for yourself, and pray about them to God for yourself, to decide whether their message is true. I did that, and I am so glad I did. When I first started college, I learned the Greek language and read the New Testament part of the Bible in the original Greek language. A close study of the teachings of the Bible strongly reinforced my beliefs. Everything about my church gives my life tremendous meaning and a sense of purpose. My wife and I had a baby daughter who passed away two years ago. We know that we will be united with her again, because we believe that happy family relationships last forever.

How I live my faith

I go to church meetings on Sundays where I have a lot of good friends. One of the great things about my church is that no matter where you go in the world, you can always find good new friends there. I also serve in the church by helping set appointments and keep minutes at meetings for a regional church president, who happens to be another one of my good friends.

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

Matt
In regard to the temple ordinances, Joseph Smith once said that the going into the temple “will bring you out of darkness and into a marvelous light”. That is what the what living the gospel does, and that is what going to the temple is about – it pours light and understanding into our lives. Show more Show less

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

Matt
The Lord would not command us to love each other so much during our lives only to tear us apart in the next life. We are one flesh just as the Lord is one with his church. The scriptures say that we are not to be put asunder. Christ gave his apostles special revelations on this subject: Matthew, Chapter 16: Jesus said to his apostles: 19 And 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. What else would his apostles bind, and what else could the Savior mean, if not marriages? Christ put no limit on their binding power to bind relationships and covenants. Their power extends into heaven. And he continued by saying: 20 Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ. – because some things are kept sacred until later times when the world is ready to receive them. Temple sealing and eternal marriage are primarily the subject of modern revelation through prophets in our time. In the latter days, according to prophecy, Elijah has returned to join families together. Malachi 4:5-6. We believe that prophets in each age bring new revelation from God. Amos 3:7. This latter day revelation has finally made clear how families are kept together in heaven—something people have wondered about throughout the ages. (Ephesians 5:32, wherein it says that the subject of marriage in Biblical times was “a great mystery”). In our time, the purpose of marriage and family is clear: ordinances are being performed to unite the whole human family throughout all dispensations of time. It is a unique work for the latter days. These modern revelations free human kind from the depressing, and divorce-promoting idea that the family becomes meaningless in the life hereafter. The Lord would not put us in a world so alien to our heavenly home. In heaven, families are the eternal organizational unit in his kingdom. Show more Show less