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Hi I'm Matt

I'm ukulele player and an athlete. I'm a Minnesotan and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

Oh hey! I'm from the great state of Minnesota! I am 21 years old and the third of four children in my family. I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Nebraska Omaha Mission and I am currently a student at BYU-Idaho. My interests are in music and sports. I play a few instruments including the guitar, piano, trombone, and the ukulele. I like to play sports with my friends including basketball, volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, and water polo. I love nature. I love going on vacations to places like Alaska or Hawaii or even the various state and national parks in Utah with my family. I love to go camping with my friends. I enjoy being in places from caves to rivers. I can balance a chair on my chin! My family and friends are very important to me. I really enjoy spending time with them be it a night out or just a movie at home. I have been raised as a member of the Church all of my life and I love it! I have loved being raised in this Gospel and being able to spend two years of my life to share it with others. Life is great!

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents' families have been members of the church for a long time so I was raised in the church as well. I love being a member of the church and it has brought so much joy and happiness in my life. Even though I was raised in the church, it still took me a little while to gain a testimony of my own. When I was on my mission, I truly came to know of the truthfulness of the message that I shared. I love this Gospel! It has helped me in so many ways. I know that because of this Gospel, I am a much better man than who I would have been without it. I know that this church is true and that our Savior Jesus Christ suffered for our sins and died for us. I know that He lives today. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet and that Joseph Smith restored Christ's church in the world today.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing what I can to serve in my callings the best i can. I have shown my faith by serving as a full-time missionary for the church for two years and doing all that I can to bring the Gospel into the lives of others and sharing with them the same joy and happiness that I have felt in my life from the Gospel. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is something that I think about every day. There are times that I have had where remembering Christ's Atonement and that He knows exactly how I feel has been a wonderful blessing to me. I owe my all to Him and I love Him with all of my heart.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Matt
 It is important that we have a Savior because none of us are perfect. When Adam and Eve fell and were cast into this mortal world, they became capable of committing sin. Since then, all of mankind has been subject to temptations and sin. Because we all commit sin, we are no longer clean and because the Savior Jesus Christ suffered and atoned for our sins, we are able to repent and become clean so that we can live with our Father in Heaven again. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Matt
The Book of Mormon was written by people who lived in the Americas long ago. It was written during the same time frame of the Bible by prophets in the Americas such as Nephi, Alma, and Mormon. Joseph Smith did not write the Book of Mormon, he simply translated it through the power of God.  Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Matt
The Book of Mormon is exactly what it says it is. It is Another Testament of Jesus Christ. It tells the stories and experiences of people who lived in the America's during the time of the Bible. In the book of 3rd Nephi in the Book of Mormon, it gives the account of when Jesus Christ Himself ministered to these people in the America's. This book provides the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and has brought millions of people closer to Him. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Matt
The tithing that Mormons pay goes into funds that help build temples and other church buildings. It is also used for various purposes such as operating funds for the church and the missionary program (aside from missionaries' personal expenses). Not a single cent of it is used to pay those who serve in leadership positions in the church. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Matt
Yes, yes, and yes. Mormons are indeed Christians. The official name of the Mormon church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Many people say that we do not believe in Christ but that is not true. The Mormon church is centered on Jesus Christ. He is the head of this church just as He was in the primitive church in the Bible. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Matt
There are no restrictions based on race or color for anybody who can join the church. If you have a desire to come unto Christ and be baptized with the proper authority, no matter who you are and your racial background, you will be able to. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Matt
Let me answer this question with an analogy. If I were speeding down a highway and an ice cream truck drove up and started playing his music and trying to get me to pull over, would he be able to give me a ticket? No. Only an official Police Officer with the proper authority would be able to write me a speeding ticket. The same is with baptism. The apostles in the time of Christ had that authority, and when they were all killed, that authority was lost. The authority to baptize was brought back to the Earth when the church was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Matt
The Mormons are the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We are sometimes called Mormons because we have The Book of Mormon. A lot of people just started calling us Mormons and it stuck as a nickname! Show more Show less

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

Matt
A Restoration was needed because after Christ's ministry was finished on this earth, the Apostles were then given charge to teach the Gospel to others. A lot of people continued to reject the Doctrine of Christ and persecuted and killed the Apostles and other righteous church leaders. All of this persecution brought about Apostasy. God took the authority that He had given to men on earth away and His authority was not found for hundreds of years. Without this authority, ordinances like baptism and others could not be fully performed. The Restoration of the Gospel included the bringing back of this authority from God. The authority is known as the Priesthood. The Bible has been a wonderful source of truth for us concerning the life of Christ and His ministry. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and confirms what every christian heart yearns to know for sure. That Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Matt
The answer is simple. You learn things from books and articles and other people correct? One source that people sometimes neglect to learn truth from is our own Heavenly Father. If you want to know if Mormonism is true, seek an answer from the Lord. Members of the church can tell you that it is true all they want, but you need an answer from God. In the last chapter of the Book of Mormon, Moroni challenges us to do this very thing. Moroni 10:4-5 reads, "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." The Lord does answer our prayers if we have faith that we will receive an answer. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Matt
You are in the right place to find someone to talk to! If you go back to the main menu of this website, there is a tab at the top of the webpage that says "Visit Us." This tab will give you options where you could find churches in your local area and you could also contact the missionaries serving around where you are! Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are all over the world. It is actually likely that you already know a member of the church! Show more Show less