What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Matthew

I'm a student. I'm a passionate snowboarder. I'm a son, a brother, and an uncle. I'm a friend. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 22 years old and I'm a student at a university. I returned home just over a year ago from serving in San Antonio, and Austin, Texas as a full-time missionary for the LDS Church. You know, the young men who are always wearing white shirts and ties with the black name tags? That was me for two years. Now that I'm back I've returned to school to continue my education. The plan's to graduate with my bachelor's degree in business finance, and then to go to dental school. It's a long road, but I love school, so it's totally fine by me. My great passion in life is to snowboard. I can think of few things better than to shred through fresh, deep powder. Some people ask me why I love it so much. My response is what is there not to love about it? You get to escape from the city, and all the cares that accompany it to find refuge in God's beautiful creations while cruising at high speeds down a mountain with nothing but a board strapped to your feet. Talk about a liberating, adrenaline rush. Not only does snowboarding have my heart, but anything with the outdoors has a piece of it too. Camping, hiking, biking, climbing. Sign me up twice. I thought of something that I love more than the outdoors. It's my family. I'm one lucky guy to have the family I do. I'm the youngest of five. All of my siblings have children, making me the proud uncle of nine beautiful nieces and nephews. My parents are faithful to each other and to God and have always provided me with love.

Why I am a Mormon

I thank God every day that I was born into a family who was already a part of this church. For my family, membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is more than a Sunday pursuit, it is a lifestyle. It shapes the choices we make as individuals and as a family. I am blessed to have a family who not only lives the gospel of Jesus Christ, but who loves it. My life has been shaped by daily family scripture study and prayer, weekly church attendance, family dinner, and Family Home Evening (one evening a week where the family spends time together). I didn't realize it at the time, but these seemingly small activities, done throughout the course of my life, are what bound my family together and what bound us to the Lord. I love my family, and I want nothing more than to be a family even after death. Through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I know not only that we can be together forever, but I also know what my family must do to make that possible. Through the holy temples of God, families can be united eternally. I can think of no greater blessing. I have come to know with perfect clarity that there is a God in Heaven, who is the Father of our spirits. He loves us and wants us to be happy. For this reason, He has created the great plan of happiness, which allows all His children to come to Earth, gain a physical body, and prepare to return home and to become as He is. Only through Jesus Christ can we be made clean from the mistakes of our past and made able to return to our Heavenly Home. God has again called living prophets in our day and restored the entirety of this gospel plan found only in His true and living church. Through the gospel of His Son, Jesus Christ, all His children may know how to come unto Christ and be saved in His kingdom.

How I live my faith

The greatest way I seek to live my faith is by loving those around me. There are so many individuals going through hard times who are discouraged, sad, and in despair. My greatest desire is to help them to feel the love of God, and to be filled with renewed hope and faith in Jesus Christ. Each morning before I leave the house I kneel down and I pray to God that He will make me an instrument in His hands. I desire nothing more than to be on His errand, and to do what He would do if He were laboring among us. I pray that I will be given eyes to see and ears to hear those who are struggling, those who are going through hard times, and those who need to be loved, and then pray that I will be able to bless, to help, to love, and to inspire them to a renewed hope. Then I get off my knees, leave my house, and go about my day. It is incredible the people you can help when you are looking for opportunities to do so. I live in an apartment complex that is full of young, single college students, many of which are far from home. There is no end to the good one can do when they are seeking for, and willing to sacrifice their time and talents to helping others. In my congregation, I have the wonderful responsibility to friendship individuals who are new to the area. I, with eight other people, help others to feel the love of God, and to recognize how much we need and want them in our church family.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Matthew
The purpose of this life is to find joy, to be happy. That is what every person is truly seeking for. Regardless of one's gender, nationality, age, or circumstance he or she seeks to be loved and to have true joy. The problem is striving to find what really brings that happiness. The world is not bashful in offering sources to what they emptily promise will bring it. Drugs, alcohol, money, power, prominence, and promiscuity clamor for our attention, and with strong tentacles seek to pull us deep into their trap. In my short time of life I have come to know for myself that the only true source of joy, of peace, and of hope is the love of God, and the love of His Son, Jesus Christ. Their gospel is provided to bring happiness, and to ultimately bring us back home to their presence. Every other source and any other way, regardless of how it makes us feel in the moment, will always and forever be temporary and fleeting. Only the true gospel of Jesus Christ, restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith, can bring that hope and that joy that never fails, that never leaves, because it is eternal. Show more Show less