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Hi I'm Matt Jensen

I am a family man, a competitive shooter, an outdoorsman and a computer nerd. But most importantly, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in California, but have lived in Arizona since I was seven. I grew up in a small family with lots of big-family friends. I graduated highschool at Mountain View in Mesa and earned a bachelors degree in computer information systems. I've had a number of jobs ranging from credit card collections agent, to software programmer, database programmer/administrator and I now work for Ticketmaster. I returned from a full-time mission for the Church in 1993, having served in the Oslo, Norway mission. I love the Norwegian people and truly miss the country and the opportunity that I had to dedicate my every waking day to the Lord's service. It was a time that set the stage for the rest of my life. A year after returning from Norway, I met, and 6 months later, married the love of my life. We've since had four wonderful children and are enjoying life watching them grow.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a result, it's difficult to truly pinpoint the exact moment when I knew the Church was true. I can't ever remember a time when I didn't know that it was true. Throughout my life, I have had so many experiences that have strengthened and expanded my testimony, that I could never deny them. I'll share two related experiences to illustrate: As a young married father, I was the sole provider for my family. After living with my parents to save money for a home, I was working in a good job that would have allowed us to afford the small starter-house. Weeks before the home was to be finished, I was let-go from my work. We were devastated. We prayed and fasted for a miracle that would allow us to move into the house in the short time before we had to let it go. Incredibly, two days before we had to sign away the new home, I was offered a job. A job that would allow us to afford the home, with a little extra, which turned out to be necessary as our family grew. Our time in this small home was truly a blessing and we never doubted that the Lord wanted our family there. Fast-forward 2.5 years and we’ve had two more children and we’ve outgrown our small home. I had advanced in my career and we could now afford to move into a bigger home. After selling our house, we once again moved in with my parents while our new home was under construction. Once again, a mere two months before we were to move in, I lost my job. With the faith gained from the last time, we once again fasted and prayed for the Lord to put us where we felt He wanted us to be. The day before we were to sign away the house, (Sunday), I was on my way to pay my tithing. On the way to the church building, I had the most overwhelming feeling and witness that “everything will be fine”. The following day, Monday, I got a job offer. We have never doubted that the Lord guides and blesses us. This is just one of many such experiences in my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to follow the example of Jesus in thought, word and deed. I'm not always successful, but I'm still working at it. =) I have had the opportunity and blessing of serving in many different capacities within the Church. I've been able to teach Sunday School lessons to nursery aged children, kids from ages 4-17 as well as adults. Each has been a tremendous experience, teaching me something new with each group as I tried to teach them. I've been able to serve in the men's organizations, responsible for overseeing the welfare and unity of all of the members and non-members in our area. Most importantly, I have been blessed to have specific assignments to watch over, teach and care for specific families, each with unique needs. Through the years, there have been dozens of families I've had the opportunity to care for. I've also been blessed to have other men assigned to watch over and care for my family and we've loved each one that has served our family. I try to look for opportunities to serve others. Sometimes, it's helping someone move, sometimes it's visiting with a widow. Sometimes, it's just a smile, a handshake and a short conversation in passing. It might seem small, but when I've needed a caring hand and a feeling of love in my life, sometimes, that handshake, smile and kind word were all it took to lift my spirits and remind me that God loves me and that He has sent people like that to show it.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Matt Jensen
Missionaries are responsible for funding their own missions. Often, family, friends and local church members help support a missionary when the missionary was unable to save enough in advance to fund his/her entire mission. When I served a mission in Norway, I had saved a portion of the required expense, but not enough to cover the full two years. During the time that my parents helped support me on my mission, they received and recognized tremendous blessings as a result of their service and sacrifice. It was a wonderfully rewarding experience for the whole family. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Matt Jensen
Actually, I believe that the service and assistance that the Church provides is more often provided to those who are not members of our faith. Our commitment is to be self sufficient and help the needy. The principles of self-reliance have the added benefit of helping us be prepared for our own emergencies as well as having the means to quickly and efficiently help others in need. The Lord's instruction to Peter to "feed my sheep" didn't come with border, race or religious limitations. We take that instruction as seriously and literally as it can be taken and applied. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Matt Jensen
The two greatest powers that God has given us are the ability to give life and to take it. With those powers comes the responsibility to use them according to His commandments. The commandment not to murder covered the taking of life. The commandment not to commit adultery pertains our potential to create life. Intimate relations serve two primary purposes which the Lord has sanctioned. The first is being a participant in the process of creating life and enjoying the blessings of a family. The second is the deep expression of love and commitment between a man and his wife. As with all things wholesome, Satan tries to minimize the importance of the commandments and pervert them into something they were never intended to be. Violence and murder have become commonplace. Similarly, intimate relations outside of marriage have become accepted and even glorified. The peace that comes from living the law of chastity in thought, word and deed is worth resisting every temptation. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Matt Jensen
Our goal is to become like our Father in Heaven and return to Him. It was in fact the commandment given by Christ, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matt. 5:48) Unfortunately, none of us is perfect. We all make mistakes and commit sins against the laws that God has given us. These sins make us unworthy to return to His presence. Without a way to “undo” or wipe away our sins, we would be forever unable to be like Him or return to Him. Fortunately, He knew that this would be the case and provided a means for us to rid ourselves of our mistakes. Jesus Christ is the only person who has ever lived a sinless life. This, combined with his divine nature as the only begotten of God, enable Him to take the punishment for our sins, so that we need not suffer the separation from God which sin brings. Jesus Christ has paid this price for all mankind, however, in order for our sins to be forgiven, we must pay the price of forgiveness set forth by the Savior. That price is; sorrow and confession to God and those we have harmed, sincerely asking for forgiveness, restitution for our wrongdoings, a commitment to change, and our most diligent efforts to not repeat our mistakes. Through these efforts, our mistakes can be absorbed by the mercy of Jesus Christ, which has paid the demand of justice required by the laws which God has given to man. Show more Show less