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Hi I'm Matthew

I'm a college student. I love running, soccer, and playing the violin, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Matthew. I grew up as the oldest of five boys, and I'm happily married to the love of my life. I studied economics, business strategy, and Chinese in college, and I now live and work in Texas. I play the violin, I love winter sports, running, and playing soccer.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family where both of my parents regularly attended church. I have had an understanding of Christ’s gospel since I was young, but many experiences over my life have reinforced my testimony that this is Christ’s restored church. I have felt the Holy Spirit testify that God has given us a prophet to help us navigate the sometimes-confusing path of life. I have seen countless blessings in my own life as I keep Christ’s commandments, and I have seen the difference in the lives of friends and family when they choose to live their life after the pattern Christ has given us. I know that God has given us this gospel to help us return to live with Him, and I have constant reminders in my life that Christ is aware of me, loves me, and has a specific plan for me.

How I live my faith

I read the scriptures every day to understand my Savior and His teachings. I try to live my life after the pattern Jesus Christ has set. During Sunday meetings, I have spent a portion of the last year team-teaching Sunday School lessons every week at church. I am also responsible for the well-being of several other members of our congregation. I meet with them on a monthly basis for “home teaching”--I & my teaching companion share inspiring messages from church leaders, see how their lives are going, and help with anything they need. It’s been a great opportunity to get to know some amazing people around me. I've been doing home teaching for over a decade, and many close friendships have grown out of these home teaching opportunities.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Like the Bible, the Book of Mormon is a collection of scriptures written by ancient prophets. These prophets were chosen by God and directed to record important teachings both for their time and for our time. These records were gathered and abridged by the ancient prophet Mormon and later translated into English by Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

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

Everyone makes mistakes. We believe that God is perfectly just, and when we make mistakes, there are eternal consequences that cannot be avoided. Jesus Christ is our Savior because He paid the price for--or in other terms, suffered the eternal consequences for--our mistakes. Because He did this, through sincere repentance we are able to receive forgiveness for our mistakes. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

The Bible prophesied that a general falling away from the truth would occur after the death of Christ’s Apostles (see Acts 20:29-30; 2 Timothy 4:3). As people rejected the Lord’s truth and His chosen leaders, the priesthood authority to administer ordinances in the name of Heavenly Father was no longer perpetuated on the earth. When the authority to administer in the name of Heavenly Father was lost on earth, it was no longer possible for people to properly receive the saving ordinances like baptism. At the same time, without a prophet as a chosen mouthpiece for Heavenly Father, people were left to their individual wisdom and interpretation to understand truth. Teachings of the Bible became muddied as translations and interpretations became farther and farther removed from direct inspiration and relied more and more on the wisdom of men and committees of scholars and theologians. When the time was right again for His Gospel, Heavenly Father once again restored the fulness of His gospel to the earth. This included the priesthood authority to administer saving ordinances, including baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less