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Hi I'm Matthew

I'm 21 years old, grew up in Montana, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up in Montana, I love the outdoors. I enjoy snowboarding in the winter and hiking and camping in the summer. Back in high school, I enjoyed essentially every sport. I participated in Cross Country, Basketball, and Track. Now I am in college and far too terrible to do any of those things at the collegiate level, but I still love playing and watching them. I am 21 years old now, and I cannot believe how quickly time is flying by!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love my Savior Jesus Christ and want to worship and serve Him. The first time I read the Book of Mormon with a sincere desire to know if it was true was during my first year of college. The more and more I read, the deeper my desire to keep reading became! Every time I opened the Book I felt peace and just...happy. I prayed before and after each time I read that I might know if the Book was true or not. I received my answer through the feelings of my heart far before I finished the Book of Mormon itself, and ever since then I have known it's true! If the Book of Mormon is true, then the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints must also be true. There are still hard times that come up where I feel discouraged and even have doubts, but everytime that happens I reflect on the feelings I felt then and the feelings I still feel today every time I open the Book of Mormon! I know the Book of Mormon will always be true, no matter how difficult life gets sometimes! Read the Book of Mormon; it changed my life!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by studying the words and commandments of Jesus Christ and striving everyday to live them. Sometimes I fall short, but I repent and try again the next day. Currently, I am serving as a missionary for my Savior in Nevada. Each day I wake up and search for someone--anyone--that I can help, teach, or uplift that day! My goal is to make a difference in the life of at least one person every day for the two years that I will be here in Nevada! A lot of people don't understand me--and even mock or criticize me--but when I am able to help even one person in a day of 12 hours of discouragement, everything is so worth it. At the end of these two years, I will go back to college and try to accomplish that same goal there!

What is the priesthood?

Matthew
The priesthood is the authority given to God's children here on earth to act in His name and direct His Church. This authority is necessary in order to perform ordinances such as baptism and giving the Gift of the Holy Ghost. If people were to do those things without the authority from God to do them, then it would be like an ice cream truck pulling you over and trying to write you a ticket for speeding. Would you accept a ticket from an ice cream truck driver? Of course not! Sure their 'siren' may have a catchier tune than a police car, but the ice cream man does not have any authority from the State to write you a ticket. Likewise, without the authority from God, one cannot properly perform ordinances (like baptism) on behalf of God. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Matthew
Those who think they want to serve as a missionary for the Mormon Church are encouraged to begin saving their own money long before they plan on going. A mission costs roughly $10,000 per missionary, so it can take some saving up! Often times, the missionary's family and friends will help them financially if he or she is not able to come up with the funds on their own. There is also a general missionary donation fund within the Church that anyone can donate to; the money from this fund helps support those who want to serve a mission but cannot afford it themselves (even with the aid of family/friends). Each missionary strives to save the funds themselves before they leave on their mission, but even if they cannot, there are so many members of the Mormon Church who know how much serving a mission can bless both the missionaries and those whom they serve, that someone is always able and willing to make the donation for those in need. No one wishing to serve a mission is turned away because they cannot afford to go. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Matthew
Mormons, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, are indeed Christians. We believe whole-heartedly in our Lord Jesus Christ, and know that it is only in and through Him and His grace that we can be saved! The Book of Mormon itself states, "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins" (2 Nephi 25:26). Jesus Christ is the way, and "there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God" (2 Nephi 31:21)! If this absolute faith in--and dependance upon--our Savior Jesus Christ does not grant us the label of 'Christian' than I do not know what would. I have complete trust in Jesus Christ, strive at all times to do my best to act as He would, and claim His name as my title of 'Christian.' Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Matthew
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are often called 'Mormons' as a nickname because of our belief in the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon was written by many ancient prophets on the American continent, and then was compiled into one book by a prophet named Mormon around 400 A.D. That is why it is called The Book of Mormon. Over a thousand years later, that book--written on metal plates--was given to and translated by the prophet Joseph Smith, and retained its title of The Book of Mormon. The term 'Mormon' was given to the Church by those who opposed it, in the 1800's, because of The Book of Mormon. We believe that Mormon was an ancient prophet, but we do not in any way worship him or anything of the sort. The term 'Mormon' is simply a nickname, given by others, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Matthew
The Book of Mormon was written by many ancient prophets on the American continent, and then was compiled into one book by a prophet named Mormon around 400 A.D. That is why it is called The Book of Mormon. Over a thousand years later, that book--written on metal plates--was given to and translated by the prophet Joseph Smith, and retained its title of The Book of Mormon. Joseph Smith did not write any portion of The Book of Mormon; he only translated the existing record from the ancient language into the present English language, by the power of God. We believe that Mormon was an ancient prophet, but we do not in any way worship him, nor do we worship the prophet Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Matthew
Mormons believe that "it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do" (2 Nephi 25:23, Book of Mormon). It is the grace of God that saves us--we cannot save ourselves--but He requires some effort on our part as well. Think of a light bulb and a light switch. In order for that light to turn on, someone has to believe that turning the switch will cause the bulb to light (or else he would not even bother turning the switch), and also he must follow through with the action of physically turning the switch. You can believe the switch works all day long, but if you do not ever turn it on, the bulb will never light. However, it is not that person's actions that made the light bulb work; it was the electricity running through the bulb! That electricity is like grace! It is only by and through that electricty that the light will be illuminated--likewise, it is only by and through the grace of God and our Savior Jesus Christ that we can be redeemed--but that initiative and action on our part is required as well, even though it is not our actions that save us. As James teaches us in the Bible, "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble," because "faith without works is dead" (James 2:19,20)! We must trust in the saving power of Christ AND keep His commandments, not just simply believe alone. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Matthew
Jesus Christ "is the way and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God" 2 Nephi 3121, Book of Mormon. It is in Him that our faith should reside. There is no other Savior, no other way. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Show more Show less