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Hi I'm Matthew

I live in Georgia, and I've been a Mormon all my life.

About Me

I am the husband of a loving wife, and the father of four wonderful children. From pushing my children on the swings, to comforting my baby at 2 am in the morning, to laughing around the dinner table, I enjoy the experiences I have with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

An understanding of the teaching of Jesus Christ has provided my life true meaning. It has given me an identity and purpose. From my earliest childhood I have felt the hand of God guiding my actions. The Lord has always had a better plan for me. The Lord has blessed me so much. I feel like Joseph who was sold in the Egypt in Genesis chapter 39 verse 3; "the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand" I am a better person with the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life than I would be without the Gospel in my life.

How I live my faith

Duty is an important part of how I live my life. Duty to my wife is most important. I ask myself, "Do I honor my wife, keep my promises to her, and help her to reach her full potential?" Duty to my children is next. "Do I provide them an enviroment where they are learning the skills that will help as adults? Are they learning to be men and women of integrity?" Duty to my church follows: "Do I help those I worship with better their understanding of Jesus Christ? Am I providing true Christian service to the members of my congergation?" Duty to my employeer: "Am I doing the best job I can do? Am I doing an honest day's work for an honest day's pay?" Duty to my community: "Am I reaching out to those in my neighborhood and helping my neighborhood become a better place to raise children and to live, through involvement with the local school and our community neighborhood organizations" Living my faith to me means that I fufill my duty to my community, family, and God.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Matthew
I am so glad that the Chruch does not endorse any political party or candidate. Every election season, I spend time researching the candidates, and chosing who to vote for. Often I find myself in informal, spirited discussions with other memebers of my congergation. Often I find myself on the oppisite side of an issue as some other members of the church. I am glad that every election, I can vote my conscience and select the candidates that I believe best support the issues I can most about. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Matthew
Why should we be self-reliant? So we have the mental and emotional energy to help others. When do we know we are self-reliant? When we are activity helping others. My most cherished principle of life is the ability to choose. When we choose to help and serve others we are emulating the life of Jesus Christ. That is why self-reliance is important, only when we are self-reliant can we help others like our Savior did. Show more Show less