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Hi I'm Matt

I was born in New Jersey, my home is in Ohio, go to school in Utah and am currently in Texas. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am serving as a missionary in Houston, Texas teaching in Vietnamese. And so far, that has been quite an experience. Crazy things happen when you are serving others and serving the Lord and even more when you are trying to learn a language like Vietnamese. I'm also a chemical engineer with a goal of working to develop alternative fuel to drive the country. Literally drive. I love cars. Everything about them, which is part of the reason I've decided to steer my life in that direction. I also love sports, especially basketball and football and newfound interest in raquetball and rugby. Being from Ohio, I am a big-time fan of The Ohio State University and Cleveland sports teams. That certainly makes sports life interesting; you never know what to expect with them. I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family, watching movies and all that good stuff.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are converts to the church. They joined it shortly after their marriage, many years before my time. I was born into this church. Yes, as a kid I didn't really have much choice, I had to go with my parents. No, that is not why I go now. Over time and prayerful study of the scriptures, I have had many experiences that have led me to gain a testimony of my own, and I know that this is the true Church of God. I have been SO blessed by being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It has truly influenced my life for the better. There are some times when I question a bit and ask myself, do I really know this is true? Its then that I remember the feelings and experiences that I have had from living the gospel of Christ. Anything that had helped me and my family so much, must be from God. I can't imagine what my life would be like without His gospel in my life. Another thing that has convinced me of the truth of this church is by the history of the its early members. They went through very difficult situations, things that I'm not sure I could endure. Yet their conviction and determination was strong enough that even with those incredible struggles they stayed true to the faith.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving those around me. Whether a Mormon or not, everybody can use a helping hand, and I try to be that hand. Also right now I am a missionary for the Church. I am so excited to be able to devote some time of my life to serving and sharing with others this gospel that had blessed me so much. It is worth every bit of sacrifice to see others come to understand more about Jesus Christ and His role in our lives. It has also requiered me to build my faith. I cannot help people belive in something that I only half-heartedly believe. I have had to strengthen my faith to be able to help others do the same.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

We perform baptisms for the dead because baptism is a necessary step for us to be able to return to live with God after this life. But, there are many people that do not get the opportunity to be baptized the proper way by the proper authority or even be baptized at all. We do baptisms for the dead to give those people the chance to have this necessary step performed. While we do the work for them here, they have the opportunity to learn and choose whether or not to accept that baptism. Baptisms for the dead are particularly special to me. Because my immediate family is the only part of my family that are members of the Church, or in other words have been baptized, there is a lot of opportunity for this type of work in my family. One example particularly is with my grandmother who passed away a few years ago. She never accepted the gospel here on earth, but after some time we were able to perform that baptism for her. I know that she accepted that ordinance because of the comfort and peace that I felt after that was completed. I am very grateful that this work can be performed because it allows us to be able to live with those we love eternally, even those who didnt get the chance to be baptized here. Show more Show less