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Hi I'm Matt

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 21 yrs old. I'm really into gymnastics and capoeira (a brazilian martial art). I love soccer and basketball. I'm a sophmore in college studying linguistics. My dream is to travel and hopefully can find a career that would support that. I also like to dance.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love how I feel when I hear other people's testimonies of Jesus Christ. I'm so grateful that through study and prayer, I've received a similar witness that he does live and guide us today. I've read the Book of Mormon and I asked God if it was true. I had the undeniable impression that it was. Since that point, my testimony has grown little by little. I decided to serve a full-time mission, which helped my faith grow a lot. I served in Oklahoma for two years where there are a lot of good Christians and I loved every minute. What I love most about this church is that, while there is a lot of opposition to it, I've never found a question or doubt that couldn't be answered through study and prayer. These answers are available to anyone who really would like to know if this church is true. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is God's church. I know that I have been personally blessed as a result of keeping Gods commandments; commandments that I've learned about here. I'm grateful for a living prophet. It is comforting to think that God hasn't abandoned us in these last days. I love the scriptures and being able to feel the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

Right now, I don't have any callings yet (I just returned from a two-year mission), but I do enjoy the little things that members of the church are expected to do like daily scripture reading and attending church. I feel strength in doing these things. I love learning more about my savior and I try to show gratitude to my Heavenly Father for everything that he helps me with every day. I'm not perfect, but I try to keep the commandments and go regularly to the Temple. I feel like these things have helped my faith to grow.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Matt
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is one of the few religious organizations that I've heard of that has a specific health code. This "diet," referred to in the church as the 'Word of Wisdom,' which prohibits the use of coffee, tea, alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs was actually a revelation given to a prophet of God in our time. Our bodies are gifts from God. Joseph Smith was instructed by God that following the Word of Wisdom was one of the ways that we could honor and respect this gift. The Word of Wisdom is both for our physical and spiritual benefit. I know that a lot of these substances are addictive and mind altering. For me personally, it takes a lot of effort to listen to the Holy Ghost in a sober state of mind. I honestly think it would be impossible being drunk or high. I'm really grateful for this commandment, because without it I don't know how receptive I would be to spiritual revelation. Many people wonder why coffee and tea are included in the Word of Wisdom, and, rather than try to give an explanation, I'd just like to comment that, while I don't know everything about the reason why this commandment is necessary, I know it is from God. I know that Joseph Smith was called by God as a prophet. He received this revelation in the early 1800s and, since that time we've had many scientific breakthroughs concerning other parts of the revelation such as with tobacco and alcohol. More than anything, my testimony of the Word of Wisdom has come from personal experience. The Word of Wisdom isn't limited to the specifics that everyone mentions, but it includes anything and everything that we can do to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Doing this and avoiding harmful substances has truly made me a happier person. I feel like I'm not as restricted when playing sports and I feel like I'm more receptive to the Holy Ghost: something for me that has proved invaluable. Show more Show less