Hi I'm Matt
I have been a member of the church now for 5 years, I was baptized when I was 20 and now at 25 I am serving a mission. I have two degress which have to do with Computer Animation and Graphic Design, which are two things I love to do so would not mind getting paid for it . I love movies of any kind really and music of any kind as well, mostly rock and alternitive. I played Ultimate Frisbee for three years for the university I went to. I come from a family of four, with my sister happily married with a little girl, and then my two parents. I am the only member in my family that is a memeber of the church.
Why I am a Mormon
I was introduced to the church from a girl that I was dating in college and I had no idea what the church was about or even knew it was around. I was baptized into the Methodist faith when I was young and my parents stop going when I was young for a long time. At that point they church hopped a lot and could not find anything that they liked, and again stoppped going. When I was 19 I decided to find a church that was right for me and not just go where my family went. I found a church I liked going to for a while but I had questions that they could not answer like, where were we before this life, and the repentance prosecess did not seem to fit what I needed. Then when I met this girl in college I decided to go to institue and give my opinions on how I look at life and God and everything, funny enough everything I said about how I feel was the samething that the church felt. I watched a general confrence where the prophet at the time was Gorand B Hinckley and he gave a talk about Joesph Smith and the restoration and his life story and I knew right then that it as true and that he had seen God and Jesus Christ, why would anyone go through all of that for just a lie. I asked to find out more about him and the misionaries taught me like 3-4 lessons just about him because I wanted to know so much about him and I still love learning everything about Joesph Smith. Then they talked about the temples and I was hooked because that is a amazing place, they asked me how I felt about marraige and I said it last forever and the missionaries were suprised I said that and told me about the temple. I prayed long and hard about the book of Mormon and never got a answer for a while I thought I was not worthy to have one. But one night I prayed about it really hard and I felt a deep burning in my chest that started there and overcame my whole body and it was the Holy Ghost telling me it was true, and ever since then I have always felt that whenever I feel the Holy Ghost. I later at age 20 became a memeber and got baptized and have always been grateful for the church and all it has done for me and that is why now I am on a mission to give people that same thing that I found as well.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
I actually did not want to go on a mission when I first got baptized at age 20, because it seemed too overwellming and I did not know the gospel good enough to tell and teach others about it. But then I thought why do people go on missions and at age 24 I prayed long and hard and found out that memebers go on missions to help people find the happiness and joy that they have had there whole lives or however long they have been a memeber. It would be selfish of me to have the blessings I have had in my life and not go and give that to other people as well. We go on missions to do what Jesus Christ himself did and give the gospel to all those who are willing to hear it. I love my mission and I am glad that I decided to go because not only did my baptism help and change me but so has my mission so far .
How I live my faith
I am on a mission right now so my calling is to just spread the gospel to all that will hear it, I have done things back home with YSA representitive and other callings like that. I live my faith by just being a example of what I believe in all the time. I am still me and have not change my personality at all because you dont have to change the person you are, the gospel just helps you realize how truly happy you can be.