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Hi I'm Matt

I go to BYU, I come from a family of 8, and love sports. Classic Mormon, right?

About Me

I have four brothers and grew up playing sports, so I love sports. I especially like Wallyball (Volleyball in a racquetball court, where you use walls) and Basketball. Yet I played Tennis and swam in high school, so pick the sport and I like it. I love how our church does church volleyball and basketball. I got cut from the High school team my freshman year, which hurt my athletic pride, yet I still enjoyed church basketball that year and have gotten much better. I tied balloon animals for 8 years now, and love it.

Why I am a Mormon

I like to believe I am an optimist, and our church has the most optomistic veiw of any I know of. Our church believes that nearly no one will go to an eternal hell. We all will go to a kingdom "of glory." We all will be resurected, we all still have agency after death and can still change. We believe we are in a fallen sate but don't have original sin because Adams sins or our parents sins. We are only responsible for our own sins. We believe that god loves us and we are his children, so he has sent a living prophet to lead and guide us. God's work and glory is to "bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." We believe that we can be forgiven and have eternal families, and become as god is. I don't think there is any other church that is this optimistic. Yet that is not the only reason I believe. I have recieved witness of the spirit and have read the book of mormon, and have gotten confirmation multiple times that it's true. I have lived by the gospel and as The Gosple of Matthew says "by their fruits ye shall know them." I have only had good fruit from this gosple. I know it is true.

How I live my faith

I live after the manner of happiness, which is to follow Gods commandments, but first and foremost loving god with all my heart might mind and strength. I try and look out for those without friends because they are those whom we can practice true religion on: those that are naked (awkward to be around), hungry (for friends), sick (possibly with a real social or mental disorder), and imprisoned (by societal norms). Helping these people out is the only way a christian can truly practice his religion.Yet there is something to be said about faithfully going to church weekly. This way we not only set aside time daily for god though scripture stud and prayer, but 3 hours weekly to worship God and develop a desire to not hypocritically but honestly out of true intention go and and practice true religion.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Matt
As a missionary I prosolyte so that I can share the good news with as many people as possible. We are all gods children. I want to help my brothers and sisters. We are not trying to trap people and force all these rules on them, I love freedom. Freedom is central to god's plan for us. If we use our freedom they way the gosple tells us we become the most free. So in a way I am trying to set as many people free as possible, because as The Gosple of John says "The truth shall set you free." Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Matt
The Law of Chastity is a God given commandment to help protect family relationships and to help people have true love not lust. The law of Chastity dimply is we will live chast lives by not haveing sex before marriage and not creating sexual feelings by looking at porn or doing anything that would arouse these feelings. I know that the rate of divorce of cupples who keep this law is extremely small. In a country where over half marriages end in divorce, this law is needed so badly. I love this law. It has given me and my family alot of protection and joy. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Matt
I can tell you that God is full of truth and love. I know he wouldn't hide the truth from those that seek it. I know if we study and ask him he will let us know the truth. He will most often through the holy spirit give us a good feeling to let us know the truth. That is how I know. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Matt
It is a law of health so we can keep our bodies and our spirits more receptive to the promptings god wants to give us. Simply it is we won't partake of any tabacco,alchol,coffee, tea, or drugs. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Matt
We believe that in eternal life we can live with our family forever. I love my family and I want to be with them forever. We also believe we can live with God and can eternally progress. I love progressing and I belive the progression we make then will still be made possible through Christs "infinate and eternal" sacrafice. I will ever, in this and the next life, be greatful for his atonement! Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Matt
Why did Jesus get baptised by John the Baptist? It was because he had the Athority to baptise. Jesus didn't just find a crazy guy who was baptising people in the river Jordan and thought it would be fun to give it a try. He went and sought one that had actual athority so that he could humble him self before god and through gods desired method prove he was willing to "fullfill all righteousness" or follow all of Gods commandments. I know that if we are to follow the example of Jesus Christ we to must be baptised by one holding proper athority to get baptised. We believe that Athority doesn't come from a religious school but from God. Like the Apostles of Christ were not scholars but they had great faith insomuch that they were willing to leave their work and follow Christ their first time seeing him and here his invite "Come follow me." I belive that if we are to truly follow Christ we need to be baptised by a person whom God has entrust to hold his preisthood athority. Show more Show less