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Hi I'm Matthew

I'm a Floridian. I'm a missionary. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I'm Matthew. I used to attend college in Florida, but I put my college education on hold to serve the Lord. Currently, I'm serving a full-time, 2-year mission in Arizona. Some of my hobbies are fencing, reading Japanese comics, and studying game-theory. I enjoy being different which isn’t very difficult because I am a Mormon. 

Why I am a Mormon

It is hard to explain why I am a Mormon because this faith has been part of me for all of my life. But the only way I can express why I am a Mormon is by sharing an example with you of how prayer to our Heavenly Father in the name of Christ has given me guidance and blessed my life. Before I arrived in Arizona to serve my 2-year mission I got pneumonia, but for a week I thought all I had was a cold. Then the day came. At 4am, three hours before I was to get on the plane to go to Arizona, I woke up. I could hardly breathe. I quickly went to the bathroom and there I coughed up blood and blew more from my nose. I was scared. I had every right to be. What was wrong with my health? Should I postpone my mission? Should I ignore this and risk my life? Within all my fear and confusion I knew I needed to pray. I knelt in a quiet corner and offered a heart-felt prayer asking for guidance. I asked to be given the feelings of security, of peace, and of confidence if I was to get on that plane. When my prayer was finished I felt a calming impulse to lie on my stomach. Then as I laid there I felt the fluids drain from my head and throat and I felt the love my Heavenly Father felt for me. I got on the plane three hours later and now I am serving a full-time mission in Arizona.

How I live my faith

I try to live my life in accordance to the scriptures. By being obedient to the counsel found in them I have learned that when I or anyone chooses to be obedient to the commandments of God it shouldn't be to merely serve an unknowable God, but to show love and appreciation for that Being which created everyone of us. Love is the core of my faith. I know that my Heavenly Father is the Father of all. And because He loves all that are the creations of His hands so should I. While beliefs, faiths, and life philosophies differ between everyone in the world, to love others and help them is the greatest form of obedience to my God I can have.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Everyone in the world has faith in something in their life. Either they believe in God or they believe in thier own potential. In almost any aspect of one's life some form of faith is used. As one's faith grows in God or in anything that He has done for us, that faith establishes a witness of the truth which that faith was based upon. The word "testimony" means witness. So when a Mormon uses the word "testimony" it means he or she has seen or witnessed something come of their faith in God. The scripture Alma 32 verses 26 and 27 is a perfect example of this. Show more Show less