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Hi I'm Matthew

I love hiking and camping. I love story telling. I like making movies. I love family history. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 22 years-old. I love story telling and art and I am currently working in the film making and video production industry. I work as a producer's assistant on several local (Utah) film projects and I absolutely love it. I'm going to school at Weber State University at the same time. It's fun to try and balance work and school, family and church, but I love it! I'd rather be too busy and have to pick and choose the most important things to work on than to not have enough to do. I love my family. I am happily married since December 18, 2014 to a beautiful and wonderful woman that makes a huge impact on my life. Her name is Melissa. I love her more than I can express in words. She is smart, caring, gorgeous, hard-working, and puts God above me. I served a mission for the Church in West Virginia. Yes, I was one of those guys with the white shirt, tie, and black name badge. I lived in Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, and Virginia throughout the period of two years. I knocked on doors and tried to find people to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to. I did all of this as a volunteer because I love how the Gospel of Jesus Christ has changed and influenced my life and I wanted other people to feel that peace. I am an Eagle scout and I love hiking and camping. Being in Boy Scouts helped me learn how to be a better person and how to better serve my community and country. I'm proud to be an American.

Why I am a Mormon

It's true that I grew up in a Church culture. All of my family members are Mormons. Most of my friends growing up were also members of Christ's Chuch. However, that's not the reason I have continued to be an active member of the Church. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is who I want to be and defines the kind of person I am. As a member of this Church I committed to be a follower of Jesus Christ and I try to emulate what He is. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints helps me fulfill that goal. The Church helps me to be a better person and the other members help strengthen me. There's even more to it than that. I really know that this is the same Church Jesus Christ Himself established. I have prayed about the Church and the Book of Mormon and God answered my prayers. The feeling of warmth and joy I got from God was indescribable and incredible, those feelings confirmed the truth of this Gospel. The Book of Mormon especially has brought me to know Jesus Christ better than any other book I have read! I've read it several times and continue to read it every day!

How I live my faith

I live the teachings of the Church, including God's 10 commandments. I try to help people and just be kind to others. I try to serve in my community and family. I served a mission for two years of my life. My purpose was to help invite others to come unto Christ. I have served in many volunteer positions in my local congregation. When you serve voluntarily for the Church we call it a "calling." I have served as a teacher, a family history consult, and many other positions. Currently I'm the "executive secretary" to the volunteer leader of my congregation. He is the Bishop of our ward. I help to set up his appointments and coordinate some of the things he has to do. I love doing that! I love family history.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Matthew
I brought a friend to one of our Church services a while ago. Many people in our ward (or congregation) had the oppertunity that Sunday to get up and tell the others present what they believed. Many people expressed that they "knew" the Church of Jesus Christ was true. They would say things like, "I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God," or "I know Joseph Smith was a real prophet," or "I know Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of mankind." My friend later told me he didn't understand how these people could be so firm in their "knowledge" of these things. He wanted to know how they "knew" it was true. How does anyone come to any kind of knowledge? How do men and women of science know that our bodies are made up of cells? How does your math teacher know that Pythagorean theorem works? They experimented with it; they tried it out for themselves. That's how we can come to know that the Church is true! We test it. Read the Book of Mormon and pray about it and see what happens. Experiment with it and you can know too. I know this is the one true Church of Jesus Christ. I know that because I have prayed and asked God. God answered my prayers. You can also know that this is the Church of God -- pray -- ask God for yourself. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Matthew
If the bank gives you a loan then they expect you pay it back in full. The bank sets the terms, you're playing by their rules. Let's say you take out a loan and there's no way you can pay back on your own. Well you'll need to find another way to pay it. If you don't, then there will be consequences. You may have to file for bankruptcy, you may even end up in jail. Not just anyone can pay off this debt. They'd need to have enough money. Someone who has debt themselves can't do it. We are children of God. He sent us here with a loan. What loan? Let's see, He created a place for us to live and made life possible. That's just naming one of many. Well, God told us that all we had to do was play by His rules and we would be okay. Why would we agree to this? Well, if we didn't break any of His rules we'd gain Eternal Life. However, if we broke His rules (even just one) we'd have to suffer the consequences: hell, torment, death, misery. Here's the bad news- everyone breaks His rules, every day, it's called sin. Here's the good news- someone who didn't break any of the rules suffered for us. His name is Jesus Christ. Now we're in debt to Christ. Our Redeemer doesn't ask us to pay Him back. Instead He asks us to have faith in Him and what He did. He asks us to become the best we can with His help (repentance). He's asked us to be baptized and receive the Holy Ghost. After that we just move forward and endure to the end. What a small price to pay compared to what Justice wants. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Matthew
Because of the Book of Mormon. Read it and find out for yourself. There was a man in the book named Mormon. By the way, the official name of the Church is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Matthew
That's one of the best questions you could ask! I'm so excited for you! Just click on the link that says, "Missionary Request" up at the top. The missionaries will meet with you personally and help answer your question. I would just hope that you understand being a member of our Church is an incredible life long journey! It's an incredible commitment that's well worth it! Show more Show less

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

Matthew
While serving as a missionary for the Church I came across several people who considered themselves "lesbian" or "gay." None would listen to the message we shared because they felt our stance was unfair to them. It's sad to me, because I know how much the Gospel has blessed me. Our Church is against same-sex marriage. I want to explain some things that may help you understand why. 1 - God does not approve of homosexual behavior! Those relationships are against God's will - it's sin (Genesis 1:27-28 & Romans 1:24-32) 2 - In the Book of Mormon we learn that "Man could not act for himself save it should be that he was enticed by the one or the other" (2 Nephi 2: 16) A sin, although against God's will, is made enticing to us by Satan. This is because Adam and Eve fell from the presence of God. We all came here with challenges to overcome. Someone may stuggle differently than others; however, here's the test, will we choose what God wants or what Satan wants? 3 - You can choose what desires to grow. For example, I could "naturally" want to try alchohol because my friends make it look fun. As I try it, overtime my desire for it grows. My carnal, natural self begins to kick in and I begin to desire evil. Does that mean I was born as an alchoholic? NO! Homosexuality is complicated. I can't imagine how hard it would be to deal with, but it seems like the same principal. If you choose to act on any evil desire, you're making choices that are inconsistent with what God wants. Show more Show less