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Hi I'm Matt

I'm a hiker, I'm a photographer, I'm a student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a biology student, and I've done two years of college so far. Right now, I'm working in the direction of dental school, but I'm not positive about my career goals yet, because I have interests in a lot of different fields. I love studying the way the world works. Most of my interests have to do with being outside and traveling. I love photography and I'm a big hiker. I just love being out in nature. I also listen to a lot of different kinds of music, and I play guitar and piano. I sing for fun as well, but I'm not very good. I chill with friends whenever I get the chance, and we love road trips. So, that's me.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both Mormons, and my whole family has been active in church my entire life. I was baptized when I was eight years old, I went to church, I was taught about the Book of Mormon, and I learned the gospel quite well. I had a very good understanding of it. But I always struggled reading and praying on my own. I started going to early morning seminary when I started highschool, and that was when I started studying the Book of Mormon and the Bible more and more. Finally, when I was about fifteen years old, I decided to test the promise that's found in the last two paragraphs of the Introduction to the Book of Mormon. I asked God if the book was true. I suppose what happened wouldn't be considered miraculous by the world's standards. I didn't see a light or hear a voice. My life wasn't instantly changed forever. Yet it was as if I felt a bell sounding in the deepest part of my heart. I felt like I'd taken a huge breath of air, and my lungs weren't big enough to hold it. I felt peace. I felt the love that God, our Heavenly Father, has for me individually. And more than hearing anything, I felt the words "It's true. It's true. You know it's true." Since that time, my life hasn't been perfect. I've still made more mistakes than I care to mention, some smaller, some bigger. But through it all, I've known that I can count on Heavenly Father. I've known that Jesus Christ did atone for the world, and I've felt the cleansing and healing power of that Atonement very personally. It's saved me from the darkest period of my life. And I've known to this day that the Book of Mormon is the most true book on earth. I know that it contains the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And because I know that, I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that through him God restored the fulness of the gospel and the Priesthood authority to act in His name. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ is true. And that conviction brings peace, happiness, and hope to my life.

How I live my faith

 I live my faith by attending church every week, and doing my best to fulfill the responsibilities I've been given. I take the sacrament each week, and thus renew the promises I made to God when I was baptized to keep Him commandments, and to always remember His Son Jesus Christ. I try my hardest to be like Christ. I try to be kind to everyone I meet, I'm honest, and I try to help people. When I make mistakes, I feel sincerely sorry, I ask God for forgiveness, and I work to become better. I read the scriptures a little each day, and I say a personal prayer right after I wake up and right before I go to bed. I ask my Heavenly Father for guidance and help with specific problems, I ask for strength, I ask Him to help and strengthen people I care about. I also thank Him for my life and the many blessings I've been given. Currently, I'm serving a two-year mission for the church. I wear a nametag that bears two names my own, and that of Jesus Christ. Every day I work to help people learn about Jesus Christ and His gospel. Serving every day as a representative of Jesus Christ is the biggest responsibility I've ever had. It's hard work. But this has also been the most rewarding time of my life so far. My testimony is continually strengthened as I see the joy that the fulness of the gospel brings to people's lives. 

Are Mormons Christians?

 I come from a part of the United States in which this question is asked frequently. In fact, my family and others were voted out of a Christian youth group because "Mormons aren't Christians". I can hardly express how much we are, absolutely, positively, and completely Christian. The name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The Book of Mormon testifies, as does the Bible, that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. I know that Christ lives. I know that it is only through Him that I can ever hope to go home to my Father in Heaven and live with my family forever after I die. Jesus Christ is the center of everything we teach. He is the foundation of our faith. And I can say from my heart that I know that this church is His church. It is the same church, organization, and gospel that Christ Himself organized while he was on the earth. I know that because I have read the Bible and I have read the Book of Mormon, and I have prayed to my Heavenly Father to know for myself if the scriptures are true and if this is the true church. And now, I do know. So to sum it all up, yes. We are DEFINITELY Christians.  Show more Show less