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Hi I'm Matthew

I grew up in Utah. I went on a mission. I got married for all time and eternity in a Mormon temple. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student working to get my degree in a science called Biotechnology. I enjoy running, hiking, canoeing, swimming, fencing, reading, and playing video games. I am married and work while going to school so that we can pay for our needs.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have felt deep in my heart many times that this is the true church of God organized by Jesus Christ. I am a logical person and the feelings I receive as I feel in my heart that the church is true are so real that I cannot logically deny them anymore then I could that the sun exist or that the earth goes round. Truth is reason and truth to me is that God sends me these feelings in my heart as I seek them so as to confirm to me that He loves His children and He wants us to know the truth about all things.

How I live my faith

  I live my faith by having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ my friend and following His teachings in the scriptures and by following answers to my prayers. I try to do my best to help others in need whenever the opportunity arrives. I teach young children about Christ and doing well to others. I live my faith by obedience to my friend and redeemer Jesus the Christ.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Matthew
 Mormons believe that because we all sin-Going against God's directions we cannot overcome death and are dammed-inability to progress and be happy with God without the help of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ suffered and died for us so that we can through his mercy overcome death and damnation and receive eternal life-Never-ending life of joy and happiness being with and like God. Jesus will judge all of us one day and being the perfect judge will determine how close we can come to God and His happiness based on our actions according to the light we are given. Those with more light and understanding about God will be judged by Christ with higher expectations then those without the light and understanding of God. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Matthew
We believe that the purpose of life is to learn and grow so that we can be tried and tested to be able to accomplish the purpose of God in allowing us to become as He is. We believe that we came here also to gain a body and learn to use the powers of family and love to become purer and happier in this life so that we can know the joys that wait us in the eternities for those who obey God with full purpose of heart according to the light and knowledge given us here on the earth. Trials, pains and suffering are needed to show who is worthy to become like God hereafter this life. Our pains will build us up if we let them and allow us to be accounted more worthy while turning from God because of Pains shows we are not able to handle the responsibilities of being like God. Death is a natural part of life and is a blessing in that it allows the children of men to return home to the God who gave them life. The purpose of this life is to progress to the life beyond having learned and been tried and accounted worthy for all we receive hereafter. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Matthew
Mormons do not practice polygamy and have not for over a hundred years! God commands His children according to His wisdom and foresight. In times past God commanded polygamy according to His wisdom and knowledge and foresight and it was not from man! Man who commands polygamy is of the devil but God who gives his commands to men to practice polygamy will allow men to do great works by obedience. We do not know in full why God commands polygamy because we do not know all that God knows but it was for the purpose of salvation of man and eternal life of the human race. Anyone who condemns God's people for following God in this practice follows the influence of the devil who hates all of God's commands. Mormons or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints do not practice polygamy any more today and will not unless once again commanded of God the Eternal Father in His wisdom and foresight. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Matthew
We love all of God's children and believe as a church that those with homosexual desires and acts are to be loved equally as all others. Think of this analogy to explain why the church acts out to support their beliefs on same gender marriage and actions A man was traveling down a highway 20 miles over the speed limit in an old beat up pick up truck. This man was pulled over by a cop and was given a ticket of a significant amount. Then a red corvette going 20 miles over the speed limit down the same highway gets pulled over. This man receives a ticket for the same exact amount as the truck. This man in the corvette complains that he was pulled over because he was a corvette and persecutes the cop. The law is set by God that marriage is between a man and a women and that sexual relations are to be between lawfully married men and women. Thus breaking the laws of God are in opposition to the Church standards and we fight to keep these standards not out of hate of Gays but because it is not in harmony with God's laws. Both cars were cars and so those with gay tenancies are children of God like anyone else but are under the same laws as everyone else. We do not let members break these same laws by having sex out of marriage but we believe in the standard and fight for the rights and privileges of worshiping God's laws! Those who obey the laws and do not act on homosexual desires can be as worthy of a member of the church as any other. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Matthew
Mormon was a man whos teachings are in the book of Mormon a book believed to be the word of God. We were called Mormons because the Book's name which is after this man Mormon. Our Church is the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We believe in believing in Jesus the Christ with all our hearts, might, minds and strength. We also believe in being forgiven through Christ by following the steps of repentance Christ outlined for us. We also believe in Baptism by immersion and receiving guidance throughout life by receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. We believe in enduring to the end by following the above principals throughout our lives. These principals were restored with authority to preform them to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints. We believe we have the fullness of the Gospel Christ taught and that all who follow the teachings in this church may be saved in the kingdom of God. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Matthew
The church believes that an abortion is wrong is almost every case except when the child is from rape or rape by a family member case, the mother's life is in danger, or the child won't live anyway. These cases though should be prayerfully considered and only done after consorting medical professionals and the bishop or church leaders. Some think that the mother should have the choice because its the mother's body however this body is a gift from God and not her body. She rents this body from God and gives it back when God demands for He owns it not her or she would be able to keep it! A child comes from God also and to receive an abortion defiles the body that isn't her own that houses her spirit and destroys the gift from God of the child thus mocks God in two different ways by mistreating His gifts to us. Those who have an abortion under the rare conditions stated at first will be forgiven through the atonement. Those who have had an abortion may be forgiven through the power of the atonement but should see a bishop for help through this process of becoming forgiven. The bishop will give comfort and advice as the individual goes through the repentance process. Show more Show less