What Is a Church Community?

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 Matt

I plan concerts for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in South Carolina. I'm a father of three children. I went to school in Boston and I am a fan of the Red Sox. I love to eat and my wife loves to cook - a dangerous combination. My wife plays the flute and I used to play the clarinet until I discovered the administrative side of the classical music industry.

Why I am a Mormon

I met my wife in Boston while I was in college. She grew up Mormon and I was always impressed with her strong work ethic and high moral standards. Over time, I came to see these values in her family and learned that many of these things were taught through their faith. I was raised Presbyterian. After graduating from high school, I was not active but continued to have a belief in God, Christ as our savior, and most of the other core beliefs I still hold today. As I fell in love with my wife and began to think about our future together, I began to think about religion and how this would impact our relationship. When we got married, I felt an even stronger desire to learn more about the Mormon church which had been such a significant part of shaping the person that I loved. My wife offered that we could meet with the missionaries and participate in a series of discussions that would introduce me to the basic beliefs of the LDS church. I made it clear that I had no intent to join the church but that I was very interested in learning about the church. From the first lesson, I was stuck by the clear simplicity and completeness of the plan of salvation. While many of the concepts were familiar, I was intrigued by how correct everything seemed. As the lessons progressed and I started to explore the book of Mormon, the concepts that were taught resonated and felt like the truth. Much to my surprise, after only a few lessons I was challenged by the missionaries to pray (something I had not done in years) and ask if this was the true church. For some reason the thought that I could actually have a knowledge that any of this was true caught me off guard. I thought about it often and ultimately opened up my heart in prayer. The response was not an artificial religious zealotry, but a feeling of comfort and peace I had never felt before. I put my trust in that feeling and decided to join the church and continue to learn more.

How I live my faith

My wife and children are the center of my life. We work hard and play hard but always spend as much time together as possible. I've served the church in various capacities since becoming a member and I am currently focused on missionary activity. I am continually impressed with the the missionaries that I meet, these bright and cheerful young men who dedicate every waking hour to sharing this wonderful gospel. I admire their courage, discipline, and infectious excitement about the church. They changed my life and I strive daily to return the favor in some way.