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Hi I'm Matthew

I'm awesome. I'm a student. I am an American. I'm a disciple of Jesus Christ. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born of goodly parents and raised in Rochester, Minnesota. I am the fourth child of six in my family, and most of us were home schooled together until high shcool. Now, I'm serving a mission in North Carolina and it is the best experience of my life! I went to one semester of college at Brigham Young University in Rexburg, Idaho. I love science and plan to continue my studies in physics. I enjoy astronomy, automechanics, snow sports, and culinary arts. Most of my free time is spent with friends and family; we have a wide variety of activites we enjoy together, mainly involving some adventure outside (if music can be put to it, all the better). Soccer, guitar, and trampoline are my most favorite hobbies. And that's a little about my life, and I love it!

Why I am a Mormon

Why I'm a Mormon isn't a question with a simple answer, but each reason is important to me. It affects and is a part of my everyday life and who I am. I was raised in the church my whole life and taught to live the principles of the gospel. The church has always been a big part of my life, and still is. I am not involved in this church just because it was how I was raised, but because I know for myself that it is true. Reflecting back on some of my experiences such as my baptism, I can't remember many details, but I do remember how clearly I felt the power of God- the witness of the Holy Ghost. I have felt that same influence in the temple. There have been many moments that are evidence to me that God is over this church and its teachings are true. The Plan of Salvation in particular, has special meaning to me. One of the teachings and promises we are given by God through this plan is the chance to live again with those we love forever. I lost my mother to cancer in 2007. As hard as that was, my whole family witnessed God's gentle mercies through that trial. My mother's testimony has made a lasting impression on me. I'm at peace with her passing because I know that, as the scriptures say, "there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ." (Mosiah 16:8) I will see her again and she and the rest of my family will be together forever. I have had the opportunity to spend two years in eastern North Carolina to share this message. I had the Holy Ghost witness to me time and time again that what I was teaching was true. I saw these gospel change the lives of so many. I know the Bible and the Book of Mormon are true. I know that there is a prophet on the earth today. Most importantly, I know who my Savior is and what He has, and still does for me. He helps me everyday. His mercy is always present and He hears my prayers. He lives and will return. I know who I am. I thank my Father for everything I have and am.

How I live my faith

 Currently, I am a missionary for the church. This is deffinetely the most rewarding experience of my life. I have the opportunity to go out and find anybody who really would like to know more about their God and Savior and then help them learn. It is an incredible experience to be a part of someone coming to Christ and changing their lives all for the better. I could go all day about my service as a missionary, but, in short, sharing my faith has been the most worthwhile opportunity to live my faith. Aside from my calling as a full time missionary, I do the best I can to lie a Christlike life, to follow the teachings and principles I have been taught and know to be true.