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Hi I'm Matthew

So, I dominate all video games. I'm a swimmer, and an IT guy. I love playing my guitar, singing, my family, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi y'all! I grew up in the Salt Lake Valley with my parents and four younger siblings. I love playing video games, hanging out with my friends and swimming. I swam in high school for three years competitively. I swim backstroke and mid-distance freestyle and have been known to bust out an individual medley every once in a while. My other hobbies include singing and playing the guitar. I've played guitar for 10 years now. Nothing makes me happier than snagging my guitar, sitting outside on our porch swing and picking out a tune and just singing along. I believe that nerds have always and will always have more fun than "cool" people. As soon as I realized that I didn't have to be anyone other than myself, I started finding more joy in my life. I began to be more grateful for everything that God has given me and stopped worrying about trying to be someone I'm not. I believe in standing for what you believe and allow others the right to say what they think. I've learned a lot from listening to people that don't necessarily have the same outlook on life as I do. I believe we're all God's children and that he's given each of us specific challenges, personalities and talents to help us all live in a better world.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I decided to be. I was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints my whole life. I had always believed in Jesus Christ as my savior but I didn't understand exactly what that meant to me until my junior year in high school. Some things happend that made me feel depressed and alone. I had to turn to my Savior Jesus Christ to begin the process of healing. Now I know that the Savior influences the decisions and abilities that I have each day. I see how His teachings are reflected in the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints and I find myself growing stronger because of my membership in this church in a way that I know that I could never do on my own. The church also provides me with the opportunities that I desire to help and serve others, which I feel is a vital part of our purpose here. I know that my Savior lives. I know that he knows who I am and he loves me. I know that I can return to live with him some day.

How I live my faith

I believe that everyone is entitled to their own voice. I feel that God gave them to us for a reason and He wants us to use them. I've been blessed with the opportunity to get to listen to a lot of different people with a lot of different beliefs and by so doing have learned and grown myself. I do my best to be an example of what a disciple of Jesus Christ should be. I maintain the high standards that our Savior set forth for us in both the Bible and the Book of Mormon as best I can. I love to start my day off by reading from them both. I believe in reaching out to others and letting them know of God's love for them. I've felt how much He loves me and it's a feeling I want to share with others. It brings me more fulfillment and comfort than I could have ever imagined to know that I am a son of God. I share this love by trying to be an example in my community, looking for opportunities to help serve others, and standing by what I know to be true.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Matthew
Yes I really do. I have a deep and abiding testimony that Thomas S. Monson is God's prophet on the earth today and the only man authorized to exercise all the priesthood keys on the earth. I had the opportunity to meet him as he was dedicating the Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple. I'll never forget the look he gave me and the warm smile that touched my heart. He is the one man that leads and guides the Church so that we can always be exactly in line with the teachings of Jesus Christ. He is led and guided today by our living Savior. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Matthew
 We proselyte to share the message of Christ's restored gospel with as many as God has prepared to hear our message. Our purpose is to Help others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. I'm out sharing this message today because I have seen what it has done for me and it would be selfish if I kept this thing which has given me so much joy to myself.  Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Matthew
We are baptized in our temples for and in behalf of those that are dead as an expression of love for those who have passed on and not yet received the blessings of the fulness of the gospel. Baptism for the dead neither forces compliance to the Gospel or Jesus Christ, nor increases the membership of the Church. It is done so that those who haven't had the opportunity to accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ in it's fulness will vicariously be given the opportunity to do so. Those who we are baptised for are still very much so their own individual person, with their own will and the agency to accept or deny this baptism. But we know that the blessings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ are for ALL of God's children, not just those that have the opportunity to hear it in this life. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Matthew
Basically, all of the differences of opinion from religion boil down to who has the authority to interpret scripture. God gives this authority to his chosen servants by ordination (see John 15:16). It was by this authority that scripture was written in the first place. After the death of these chosen servants, that authority was lost from the earth. Otherwise, our cannon of scripture would be significantly larger, because the apostles would have continued writing. Some people I've talked to about this have the idea that we worship Joseph Smith or that we hold him in higher regard than the Savior. We do not. Joseph Smith was that servant to whom that authority to interpret and write scripture was restored or brought back. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Matthew
I've seen many people in my experiences (as I'm sure you have) that have become burdened down by the difficulties that come from having to rely on something harmful to function properly. For me, I have a thousand reasons why I think living the Word of Wisdom is the right thing to do. The reason I choose to, however, is to show obedience to God. He has promised us specific blessings for living the Word of Wisdom and I want those blessings. I have seen them so far in my life and I plan on continuing to enjoy the blessings that the Lord has given to those who use their ability to choose to follow this Commandment. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Matthew
That whole "Lifeguard" thing was all so that I could pay for my mission trip. I saved the money I needed to pay for my own mission. I worked for six years with various jobs including lifeguard, landscaper, janitor, certified pool operator and various other odds and ends jobs to be able to pay for it and it has meant the world to me to be able to have that add to my motivation to work hard on my mission. Show more Show less