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Hi I'm Matt

I love hiking, mountain biking, and camping. I am a college student studying mechanical engineering. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student. I am studying engineering since I have always loved designing and inventing things. I hope to use these talents and skills to make the world a better place. I also love being in the outdoors doing activities like camping, hiking, and biking.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up with parents who are Mormon. They taught me about the church and encouraged me to find out for myself if God lives, if Jesus Christ is my Savior, and if this is the right religion for me. They always taught me that I could know these things by asking God in prayer. They invited me to read the Book of Mormon and pray to find out if it is true. I remember feeling God's love for me at an early age-knowing that I am His son and that He loves me. This knowledge was complimented by other spiritual experiences I had as I served an LDS mission in Washington. While there, I taught others about the church and felt for myself the Holy Spirit testify to me that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith was really called of God to reestablish the full church of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because I feel that this church helps me follow the full teachings of Jesus Christ and helps me understand God's plan for me and my family. I believe it contains the principles that we must follow to return to God as families. As I live what I learn, I grow and feel closer to the Savior, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

As a young adult, I feel very much a part of the church where I live. There are many young people and we all try to support each other. I help with missionary efforts and also play the piano to accompany singing at church. Each month, me and another young man visit the people in one or two apartments in our complex and share a spiritual message. We make sure they are doing well and offer help if they need it. It is a great way to feel closer to Jesus Christ, because when we serve, we grow close to Him.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

During His ministry, the Savior Jesus Christ was baptized. He taught that a person must be baptized in order to enter God's kingdom and receive salvation. So what about those people who die without ever having heard about Jesus Christ or baptism? Mormons believe that a person can be baptized in a deceased person's place. We believe that the deceased individual has the choice to accept or reject this vicarious work done on their behalf. In this way, God provides opportunities for those who did not have the chance to be baptized while they were still alive. Mormons perform these "baptisms for the dead" in holy houses of worship called temples. Mormons identify unbaptized ancestors by doing family history work and then attend the temple to do this sacred ordinance on behalf of these loved ones. Show more Show less