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Hi I'm Matt

I'm a student, I'm a Christian, AND a Mormon.

About Me

In a nutshell, I work hard and play harder. My priorities include my faith, my family, my education, and my work. After my goals are accomplished, my priorities are met, and my duties are done, I love having fun. I make and listen to music, spend time with friends, train in martial arts, and enjoy the pristine mountainous envrionment that Utah offers.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in a Mormon family who attended church regularly. I was taught Mormon values, and was raised in their ways. However, when I entered my high school years, those were the times where I really began figuring out for myself what I believed. I had a very diverse group of friends. Seeing how they had various backgrounds, beliefs, religions, and cultures and were still very good people had me asking a lot of questions about what I should really believe. In my sophomore year of high school, I became heavily involved in early college work. Being amazed by philosphy, I enrolled in rigorous philosophical studies. I was amazed at the many things I learned and eventually concluded that there was no such thing as an absolute truth. I became very partial to agnosticism because no party could prove or disprove a superior power. I was a skeptic. Eventually, I decided that the foundation of the Mormon church was the Book of Mormon. I read it through and through several times striving to find some inconsistency, something that I could use to prove it false. I found nothing. Since my first attempt was unsuccessful, I decided to disprove a different claim the Mormons made to pray about the things that I read, to ask God with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, if those things were true. It was promised that if they were true, the truth of those things would be manifested to me through the power of the Holy Ghost. I did just that. I received my answer in the affirmative. As further years passed, I received several other powerful reconfirmations of the truthfulness of the Mormonism, and was also given the confirmation to serve a mission which has been the best decision I have made in my life thus far. That's why I'm a Mormon! I promise you that the promise which the Book of Mormon gives is true. I've tried it for myself. Now it's your turn.

How I live my faith

I don't do anything extraordinary. I try to keep ALL the commandments, but I'm far from perfect at that. I repent when I slip up (which sometimes is very difficult). I try to priortize my time correctly between God, family, friends, and myself. I try to read and pray frequently, and attend church regularly. I try to keep all the promises I have made with God.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Matt
Mormons believe that the family unit is the most basic building block of society. Mormons believe that "the family is central to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children" (The Family: A Proclamation to the World). Mormons believe that families come in many varieties: short, tall, big, or small. Some may be of a specific race or color; others may be as colorful as a 64 color crayon box. Some may have both a mother and a father; others may be valiantly led by a single Mr. Mom or Ms. Dad. Some may have no children; others may have children as numerous as the stars in the heaven or the grains of sand on the seashore. Whatever the circumstances may be, Mormons believe that faith, hope, charity, love, and family values are essential for the family to exist in today's world. MOST IMPORTANTLY: MORMONS BELIEVE THAT THE FAMILY IS ETERNAL AND CAN LAST FOREVER THROUGH OUR LORD, SAVIOR, AND REDEEMER JESUS CHRIST WHEN SEALED TOGETHER FOR TIME AND ALL ETERNITY IN THE HOLY TEMPLE. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Matt
This is one of the most common, so called, "questions of the soul". It has been a question that has been debated by various individuals and parties since the beginning of time. It is also one of the most important questions to answer for yourself because when it is answered, then all other things fall into place. The Mormon belief on this issue is simple: "this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God" (Alma 34:32). Life is like a 3 act play. The first act involves where we were before this life. The final act involves where we are going after this life. The second act is our life here on the earth. Just as any act in a play eventually comes to an end, so will this life, which is why it is important for us not to procrastinate. If we "procrastinate the day of our repentance until the end... then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed" (verse 33). We do not know when our "second act" will come to an end, but knowing this purpose gives us the knowledge necessary to be prepared for that end. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Matt
The Law of Chastity prohibits inappropriate sexual relations, thoughts, and gratifications prior to marriage. It is perhaps one the most important commandments that our Heavenly Father has given us. He loves us more than we can ever understand. All commandments, the Law of Chastity being no exception, protect us from both physical and spritual destruction and are a blueprint for our happiness. They are given to us to enrich our lives and lead us to greater satisfaction and peace. From experience, obeying the the Law of Chastity leads to a greater, sometimes unexpected, measure of happiness. It can be challenging to obey sometimes I understand that. However, I have found that the grass in greener on the obedience side of the "Law of Chastity fence" then it is on the disobedience side. Yes, disobedience will bring short term pleasure, but it will bring long-term pain. I promise that when the Law of Chastity is obeyed, that Heavenly Father is truly proud of us.  Show more Show less