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Hi I'm David Mattes

I'm home-schooled. I'm an Eagle Scout. and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Virginia to parents who love me and have given me many opportunities to succeed and serve others. I'm the oldest son and number 4 in my family of 11 siblings. At the age of 18 I received my Eagle Scout Award and feeling a desire to do more I began my full-time, 2 year missionary service to the people of India. Over those two years I met many people who had a desire to come closer to the Savior. I learned how to teach individuals and groups, and bear my testimony to those people. Now that I've finished my volunteer service, I am preparing to be married for time and eternity in a LDS temple by getting an education and working at a warehouse to finance it.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a mormon, because I have tried the things that I have learned (John 7:17), in my faith, and found them good (see Matt 7:16-20). As I learn a little more my testimony is streangthened (see The Book of Mormon: Another Testiment of Jesus Christ - 2Nephi 28:30).

How I live my faith

I participate in a church service program called "hometeaching." I, with one other guy, go to select families in our congregation to make sure that they are doing fine spiritually and physically. We meet these needs by constant communication, as well as a monthly lesson at their homes. I use the internet to share my beliefs so that others can learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ and the blessings I have received by living it.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

David Mattes
Baptism is the first ordinance of the gospel of Christ and is required to live with Heavenly Father again. We believe that there is a second chance after we die where the deceased can learn and accept the gospel, however baptism and other ordinances require a physical body. Members in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints volunteer their time in temples to perform ordinances for those that are dead. If the deceased person still refuses this gospel after they have been taught, then the performed ordinance is null and void. We provide an option and they choose to accept or not. Do we do this just to add members to our roll? No, the church keeps a record that the ordinances have been done, but that list remains separate from the church roll. Show more Show less