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Hi I'm Matt Gibson

I'm a snowboarder, a longboarder, a soccer player, a musician, a missionary, I'm mormon, and I love it.

About Me

I'm 21. I have a passion for music, and all sports. I play guitar, piano, and trumpet. I have many hobbies including snowboarding, longboarding, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and paintballing just to name a few. I love the outdoors. Growing up in Utah, I have a passion for being in the mountains, whether that be hiking, camping, snowboarding, biking, etc. After I graduated Highschool I went into sales. I've sold home security systems, food storage, and just about everything having to do with cell phones. I haven't started college just yet, but I am planning on going into criminal justice. I'm currently serving a mission in the Oregon Portland Mission. I grew up in Kaysville Utah, and have lived there most of my life, except for a period of about 4 months I lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and for the past 2 years I've been living in various locations around the Portland area. Some of my long term future goals are to find an individual who I can marry in the temple eternally, have a family, start my career, and continue to serve those around me, and in the church as much as possible.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm Mormon because I know that God still lives, and because he still lives it means he is still talking to his children today. He is unchangable, and has always called prophets in the past to guide and reveal truths to his children. I know that he is still doing so today because in today's world, more than ever we need his guidance and love. There are so many different beliefs today, and we might feel, as Joseph Smith did growing up, "so great were the confusion and strife among the different denominations, that it was impossible for a person young as I was, and so unacquainted with men and things, to come to any certain conclusion who was right and who was wrong." Joseph Smith's answer came from a pattern that we can all follow. As he was reading in James chapter 1 verse 5 he read, "if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God". This is as true today, as it was when it was written. If we sincerely want to know we need to study the question we have in our mind, and then kneel and ask in prayer. My whole testimony comes from following this pattern. I felt feelings of an overwhelming peace, joy, and indescribable love. These are the feelings the Holy Spirit brings when He bears witness of truth as stated in Galatians 5 22-23. I didn't see an angel, and I wasn't struck with lightning, but because of those feelings I know that the Book of Mormon is true, and everything I have in my life I owe to the restored gospel.

How I live my faith

I am currently one of those guys dressed in black and white with a name tag that sometimes will knock on your door, or occasionally you will see riding a bike around in a suit. I was called to serve in the Oregon Portland Mission in September of 2009. I've loved it so far! I do many things on my mission besides just preaching to people. I am called to serve God's children, and minister to their needs. I help in any way I can. When I return home I will serve in another capacity within the local congregation or "ward". I live the LDS standards meaning I don't drink coffee or tea, I don't do any illicit drugs or drink alcohol, and I don't have sexual relations outside of the bounds of marriage.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Matt Gibson
We believe in grace 100 percent . No one can be saved, except by grace. There is nothing we ourselves can do to earn eternal life. But, we do believe that we will NOT receive grace unless we live our lives in accordance with what Christ has taught. When Christ ransomed us, became the author of our salvation, and also the perscriber of the conditions of repentance. He's told us that we need to have faith in him, repent, and be baptized for the remissions of sins, so that we may be sanctified by the Holy Ghost. He also told us that we need to endure to the end, meaning continue to strive to live by his teachings, otherwise we cannot be saved by grace. There are many today who teach that baptism is not necessary because it is a "work". We know that Christ set the example to make it perfectly clear. He also said in John chapter 3 verse 5, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." You might be thinking now, "what about those who never got a chance to be baptized?", well Heavenly Father is perfectly fair, and that opportunity will be provided for everyone to make that decision, whether in this life or in the next. The point of Baptism is making covenants. Without making these covenants Christ cannot give us grace. Hence the doctrine of grace, and doctrine of works, coinside with each other. One cannot be without the other. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Matt Gibson
God, through inspiration of his living prophet at the time, will call worthy priesthood holders to be apostles. When a prophet is called, he serves for life. It has been established in such a way that there is no confusion on who the next prophet is supposed to be. When the current prophet passes away, the apostle who has been an apostle for the longest becomes the next prophet. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Matt Gibson
In Ephesians 2 19-20 it states that the church is built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets with Christ as the chief corner stone. In Ephesians 4 it states, "11 And he gave some, apostles and some, prophets and some, evangelists and some, pastors and teachers 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ the members of the church 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ" It says in verse 13 that we will need this organization of Apostles and prophets until the world comes in a unity of faith, and comes to know the Son of God in a fulness.    Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Matt Gibson
Jesus Christ is the founder of the Church, hence the Church of Jesus Christ. We believe that he founded the church through revelations given to a prophet, a man of God who is called to direct and lead God's affairs on the earth, named Joseph Smith. From the world's point of view Joseph Smith would be the founder of the church, but it is Christ's church, and he directs it through living apostles and prophets.  Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Matt Gibson
Because there are a lot of misunderstandings of the doctrine that we teach. People are afraid of things that they don't understand. That's one reason why we stress missionary work so much. We strive to share our true beliefs in a way that will help others to gain an understanding, and help them to gain truth. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Matt Gibson
When we are baptized we make covenants with God. In Mosiah 18 a prophet named Alma in the Book of Mormon taught us that when we are baptized we show that we "are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light... and are willing to mourn with those that mourn... and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places... even until death". Christ also teaches in Matthew 25 that when we take care of others that it is as we are doing it to him, and likewise if we disregard our brethren we are disregarding him. The church practices this on a large scale in humanitarian aid, as well as on a small scale within our local communities. Show more Show less