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Hi I'm Matt

I was born in Texas, served a mission in Mexico, and am a student in college. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I finished serving a mission in Mexico a little while ago and am currently a student at a university. I plan on going into business (if I get accepted), just like my father did. I love skiing, soccer, racquetball, interpretive dance, and spending time with friends and family. I enjoy reading books like Harry Potter (and I'm not afraid to admit it!) and Eragon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the church and always attended church with my parents without fully understanding why. I couldn't say that the church was or was not true, and it did not matter to me very much at the time since life was easy. I didn't think that I needed help from anyone. During my adolescence, however, my life changed drastically. I started doing some things against the teachings of the church and my parents. Inwardly, I knew and could feel that it was wrong. Remorse filled my life, yet I tried to hide it, pretend like it did not affect me. However hard I tried, I just could not ignore the fact that I was not happy. So, I began asking myself, "If the point of my existence is to be happy, why am I so unhappy?" I tried and tried to be happy without help from anybody until I reached my breaking point. I needed help. I realized that I would either have to suffer for a lifetime or come to know that Jesus Christ of whom my parents and the church taught me. I had to know for myself that what they taught was true. Because of that one decision, my whole life changed. I repented of my past sins and began obeying the commandments. My sorrow was turned to joy. My life was meaningful again, and I had a strong desire to do good continually. I found out for myself that the Jesus lives. He is the Savior and can heal each of us from our sins. Come unto Him and know for yourself.

How I live my faith

Currently, I am serving in the Sunday school in my ward. This involves conducting meetings on how to better prepare a lesson for church and improve teaching skills. I'm new at it, so I have a lot to learn.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Matt
No, they are not, but I highly recommend it to anybody that is able! It was a life-changing experience for me that brought so much happiness into my life. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Matt
Much in the same way you come to know other people by talking with them. Although it won't be a face to face conversation, you can talk to you Heavenly Father through prayer. It is the means that He has given us to be able to communicate with Him. Of course, in a conversation, two people have to converse one with another. Otherwise, it would be a monologue. You can pray to your Heavenly Father by closing your eyes to demonstrate reverence, addressing Him e.g. by saying "Father in Heaven", giving thanks, asking for needed blessings, and even asking questions. He has a number of ways of answering our prayers. He could answer through the scriptures, other people, a lesson or talk in church, thoughts, or feelings, but one thing is sure He always answers through the power of the Holy Ghost. So what does an answer feel like? Galatians 522-23 teaches that the Holy Ghost gives us feelings of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. If you have those feelings, then you can be sure that it comes from the Holy Ghost. However, in order to receive an answer, you must obey the commandments and be willing to do what Heavenly Father asks of you. Really, God it not some distant, uninvolved being. He loves us deeply and wants to help us and give us blessings. We only need to be obedient and ask for them. Show more Show less