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Hi I'm Matthew

I am a newlywed Psychology student at UNCW. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi I'm Matt. I am a Junior at UNC-W. I am majoring in Psychology because I want to start a career as a family councilor. I grew up in "Where's That?" North Carolina and moved to Raleigh as soon as I turned 18. I didn't really know what I wanted to do with my life at first, so I have changed Majors a few times. My life plans became allot more solid early in 2012 when I met the love of my life, Mandi. She is so fun, energetic, a very empathetic listener, and one of the kindest people I have ever met. Needless to say, I could not let such a find walk away. We got married in April, and I have never been happier. About me... I never no what to say on these things. I feel like I should say I like long walks on the beach and all that jazz... Let's see, I am really into history and tend to run on about it if not interrupted. I am something of an amateur chef and love trying out new recipes. I have three younger sisters of whom I am fiercely protective (even if they sometimes wish I would cut their boyfriends some slack).I love strategy games, the German national soccer team, and could spend hours reading a good science fiction. I guess I sound like a bit of a nerd, oh well, I am what I am.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the church when I was only 18 months old, so I was raised Mormon. However, as I grew older I began to create my own experiences and opinions. I tend to think very analytically and logically, and by the time I was fifteen, I had decided that I did not believe in God. This was a convenient opinion to have, as many of my friends were going down roads that religion (and my parents) would have warned me not to follow. I told myself that it was foolish to believe in God, that I should just forget about it and move on. As I slowly began to embrace my new-found atheism, I had a hard time suppressing the thought, what if they are right? Should't I be sure before I commit to this lifestyle? But how? For months I tangled with the idea, until finally it hit me. All my life I had been told that if I ever needed knowledge from God, all I had to do was ask Him. I resolved to pray, really pray, and see if God would answer. It took me weeks to follow through with my experiment. I knew for my experiment to work I had to be open to either possibility, and be ready to accept the outcome. I am not sure which idea scared me more, that He might answer or that he wouldn't. When I was finally ready, I knelt alone and spoke aloud, "God, are you really there? or am I just talking to myself?" The feeling of warmth and love that filled me at that moment are impossible to describe. It was not measurable, it was impossible to prove to someone else, but in that moment I knew that not only was there a God, but that I insignificant teenager that I was, had his loving attention. I was stunned, but not wanting to waste this opportunity, I began to ask Him all the questions that filled my young mind. He answered not with words, but feelings, thoughts, and memories. I am not ashamed to say that I was crying by the end of that prayer. He had answered me, He was there, and to this day I still go to Him with the questions of my soul, and He still answers.

How I live my faith

When I was nineteen years old I decided to spend two years as a missionary in Germany. That was one of the best decisions of my life. I loved the opportunity it gave me to focus on my relationship with God and share my faith in Jesus Christ with others. Since I got home, I have helped out at church wherever I have been needed. Right now I have been asked to teach the men twice a month an hour after our main congregational meeting. I am finding the experience challenging, as many of the men there have far more life experience than me. However, as they open up and share their thoughts, I think that everyone (myself included) walks away with new insights.