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Hi I'm Matthew

I grew up in Colorado, I love to perform in musicals and plays, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Matthew. I currently work as an Assistant Labratory Technician at a branch of ALS Chemistry Labs. I love to sing and act, but can't dance very well (although I like to try!) I have a general interest in everything, but my main hobby and passion is vocalizing and vocal performance.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the Church before they met each other, and I was born a Mormon. However, my family fell out of activity in my early childhood, and was mostly inactive for the bulk of my teenage life. It wasn't until I was 16 and had made some mistakes in my life that I decided to actually pray to Heavenly Father and ask if the Church was true. I couldn't live a double life anymore. I read the Book of Mormon while on vacation in Kentucky over a 2-day period, and the stories and doctrine contained therein sunk deeply into my heart. I prayed fervently over the next few days and received a powerful witness that the Book of Mormon is indeed a truthful, historical account of some of the inhabitants of the ancient Americas. Since that day, I have done my best to live as I know Christ would want me to live. The gospel has literally saved my life on numerous occassions, as I suffer from clinical depression. When the days are hardest, it is only through a reliance on the Savior that I am able to endure.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as a teacher for the men's class during Sunday School, an usher during Sacrament (the Mormon communion), and the music librarian for our local Institute Choir.

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

Matthew
Yes! Mormons believe that, through the atoning power of Jesus Christ and the power of the Priesthood, husbands and wives can live as a married couple forever. Those who don't have the opportunity to get married in this life will have a chance to get married after they die. When a husband and wife are married for eternity, they are "sealed" or "bound" together (see Matthew 16:19). Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Matthew
Mormons believe that God is our Heavenly Father, and that we are literally His children. God wants the best for us and loves us so much that He sent His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to atone for our sins so that we could return to live with Him (Heavenly Father) after we die. Jesus Christ sends the Holy Ghost to us to guide us along the path back to Christ and to justify us. Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost constitute the Godhead. Show more Show less

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

Matthew
Yes! The Bible is a collection of authoritative books written by prophets of old. In the Bible we have an invaluable record of God's dealings with the Israelites, His chosen people. In the Gospels we have accounts of the Savior's life, works, and ministry. A thorough study of the Bible will help a person understand who the Savior is and why He is so important to us today. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Matthew
We should have faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who came in the meridian of time and whose life and works is recorded in the New Testament of the Bible. We should have faith that Christ can heal our wounds and save our souls from hell. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Matthew
No. All worthy, able young men are very strongly encouraged to serve a mission, and young women are also invited to serve. I personally didn't serve a mission. I have clinical depression, and between the depression and the medication I take to help regulate it, I wouldn't be able to healthily serve a mission. I am honorably excused from serving. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Matthew
 A "testimony" is a knowledge of something "as it really is" D&C 9324. This knowledge is deep and abiding, staying in our hearts for the rest of our lives. Receiving a testimony of any principle requires faith in Jesus Christ and a humble heart. We must ask Heavenly Father, in the name of Christ, to know if what we're pondering about is true. It is possible to receive a testimony that GOD lives, that the Book of Mormon is true, that Joseph Smith is a prophet, and a number of other things. This is done by seeking out what information we have available to us, pondering these things in our mind and heart, and then asking GOD to show us the truth of it. Show more Show less