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Hi I'm Matthew

I'm the oldest of two sons, a student, and a music lover. I am adopted, and, yes, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Livermore, California, and I lived in LA county for the first years of my life. I moved to the Central Coast of California when I was 11. I play some video games. I like most kinds of games, and I absolutely LOVE music! I served for two years in the North Carolina Raleigh Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I love to hang out with others, and I absolutely love southern cooking!!! I also like to write poems, and stories.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have prayed to know if this church is true, and I have received my answer through prayer. I was born to a wonderful, loving family that was active in the Church, and, I guess I just knew that they knew that it was true, and that worked for me. Until it didn't. I started to make some changes in my life, and I started to wonder if I REALLY knew that the Book of Mormon, the teachings, the Prophet, the Church in general was true. I was not converted to the gospel, sure I was baptized, but I wasn't living it fully because I didn't know for myself. So one day, I decided, if I really wanted to know, I mean, really wanted to know without a doubt, I couldn't find out by asking my parents, I was a teenager, I wasn't in the "accept things off the bat because I can" mindset, I had to ask God. If He told me it was true, it was true, without a doubt. I knew that the way to find out was to read the Book of Mormon, at least part of it and then ask God. He knows for sure. So I did. When I asked, I got the warmest feeling ever. I knew that He loved me, and he still loves me to this day, I knew he was really there at that point, and I knew that what I had been learning at Church, wasn't just a bunch of stuff to make us feel happy, it was truth! And better yet, it made me even happier! The happiness that I speak of is no fake or fleeting happiness, but real and lasting happiness. I knew God loved me, I knew that I was following the path of truth, and I knew that Christ lives today and forever. I have learned that there is a Plan for everyone to be happy in this life, and to live with God in the next. I know that I will live with my family again. This knowledge brings me so much comfort and hope. I know that Christ lives, I know that my Father in Heaven lives, and I know that this life is not all there is. I know that this is where my Father in Heaven wants me to be.  

How I live my faith

I live my faith by sharing it. Christ said, "feed my sheep," so I do my best to follow the Master's teachings. When I could, I helped my Dad organize events for the young men and scouts in our congregation, while he was a young men's leader. I also served a mission for the Lord in the North Carolina Raleigh Mission. Now, I try to help anyone that I see. Any unplanned act of service helps the giver and receiver!

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Matthew
There are three things that will really help you become close with God, who is our Heavenly Father. First of all, Pray. Heavenly Father wants to hear from you, from all of us. Along with praying, you can come to know Heavenly Father by reading the scriptures. I understand that sometimes, well, quite often, it is hard to pick up the Bible or the Book of Mormon and read it, but I promise you, if you pray for guidance and help beforehand you will receive it. Church attendance is a wonderful way to come closer to our Father in Heaven. Church is a place where we are all striving to grow closer to Him, and we all help each other get there! Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Matthew
The missionaries will talk about scripture study and prayer, and how you can draw closer to Jesus Christ and his Gospel. They will act as guides to help you discover the truthfulness of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ for yourself. They can answer questions that you have and help you resolve concerns about what they teach. I understand that it may be hard and weird to allow two strangers into your home, but I promise that they are not there to judge you, your home, your family, or anything else. They are there to share what has brought them so much joy and happiness. The act of sinning brings feelings of remorse and guilt that can only be healed by the atonement of Jesus Christ. Their purpose is to help you be free from sin. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Matthew
The Word of Wisdom is a law of health given to us by God through modern-day revelation. The Word of Wisdom tells us five things which we are not to take into our bodies, namely: Alcohol, Tobacco, Tea, Coffee, and Illegal drugs. The Word of Wisdom also talks about things that we should take into our bodies, such as grains, fruits, vegetables. The Word of Wisdom, just like any law of God, comes with specific blessings if we keep it. Blessings such as, increased strength and stamina, and treasures of knowledge. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Matthew
This is a great question, and one that, as a missionary, I have been asked before. Let us define what grace is. Grace is the enabling power of Christ to show us mercy at the judgment bar of God. We are saved by grace, the grace of Christ, and grace alone. That being said, why then, one may ask, do we have to live our lives in a certain way? Why did Christ say, "If ye love me, keep my commandments"? The answer is simple, we must qualify for that grace. By our actions in following Christ's example, AND our faith in him, we qualify for that grace. So the short answer We are saved by grace, and grace alone, but we must qualify for that grace through faith and good works. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Matthew
Yes I do. I have prayed to know if there is a Prophet on the earth today, and I have received my answer that, just as Christ lives today, we have a prophet on the earth at this very moment to be a tool in the hands of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Another good question would be: Why would God stop speaking to us through a prophet? God is unchanging, and while His Church is on the earth, there will be a prophet on the earth as well. Christ heads this Church through a Latter-Day prophet, as He always has. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Matthew
Definitely not! We follow Christ, and Christ helped all that were around him. We try to help everyone that we can! There are young men and young women all over the globe that serve the sole purpose of serving others. You may have seen people (young and old) walking, biking, and in some cases driving around wearing black tags that say Elder or Sister. These men and women take pure joy in serving others. Even if some are not receptive to our message at that time, they, and we are overjoyed to help. So, maybe that begs the question: Do we only serve Christians, then? Once again, the answer is No! We want to serve anyone, at any time, at any place. Not only that, we do our best to, as the saying goes: "teach [people] how to fish." Being self-sufficient will help communities and individuals become stronger and better people. When a community gathers together to help each other sustain themselves, we can devote more time to helping people in deeper matters. So, to wrap it up, We just love to help people! Show more Show less