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Hi I'm Matt

I'm a dirtbike riding, Apple product lovin', hard working, husband, father, brother and friend! And, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy a full life. I'm married to my best friend. She is beautiful and intelligent. We have four amazing children. We love living in our community. My hobbies include anything Apple, Inc. related, Motocross, Supercross, football (ASU Sun Devils), softball, family, socializing, music, podcasts and surfing the web. I enjoy serving others in many different capacities. I'm a big football fan who likes the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona State Sun Devils.

Why I am a Mormon

Simply stated, I was born a Mormon. For me, being a Mormon is more than just being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In addition to being a follower of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which for me, is only a Gospel of Love, being Mormon encompasses being part of a culture, a heritage and a way of life. I love the practicality of many of its teachings and the family oriented approach to living. For me there is a distinction between the Mormon culture and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The former being made up of all kinds of wonderful people who are doing their best, albeit imperfectly, to learn, follow and teach the latter. I like that being a Mormon provides my wife and I and our children many opportunities to serve others and grow as a person and couple.

How I live my faith

Presently, I am serving in my ward as a secretary in the Elders Quorum. I have been doing this since August of 2010. It has provided me many great opportunities to serve others through organizing visits with new members of our ward, following up on monthly Home Teaching reports, looking after Quorum members, teaching lessons on Sunday and keeping Quorum members informed about various goings on in the group. I feel very blessed to be able to serve others in this capacity and it has helped strengthen my love for others. I have had several other "callings" or assignments in my life and have generally felt the same about each of them. I try to live my faith by being good to others through kind words and deeds. I like to make people feel good about themselves in their own unique way. I try to learn others good qualities and point them out as a way of helping them see their own goodness and potential. I try to be a good husband and father in my home. I am far from perfect, but I am pretty sure that each member of my family knows that I love and care about them individually. That is important to me. Another way that I live my faith is by following the spiritual guide I sense within me. It guides me to do what is right for me. In terms of praying in the traditional fashion, I would confess that I fall short. However, for me, having constant connection with that spiritual guide is like a prayer that continues all day and evening.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Matt
Mormon theology opens the door for all who want to enter. That door is baptism as taught by the Savior himself in the New Testament. Without it, salvation is not possible. Mormon faithful feel that their belief in baptism by proxy is an act of service and love that gives an opportunity to their deceased relatives who may not have had an opportunity to be baptized in this life. It does not mean that those individuals become Mormons by this act alone. Deceased ancestors can accept or reject the ordinance as the chose. There is scriptural basis for this doctrine found in the New Testament. It is understandable that this belief my offend people of other faiths whose deceased ancestors are baptized by proxy in Mormon Temples as it implies conversion to Mormonism, but this is not so as I understand it. For me, it is a positive belief that we can serve both the living and the deceased. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Matt
For much the same reason Catholics, Lutherans, Baptists, Episcapals, Evangelicals, Muslims, Hindus, etc. consider their families to be so important. Families are the building blocks of society. It is where humans largely learn the lessons, morals, values and behavior that will shape the future generation. In them we should find acceptance and love needed to allow us to develop into our best selves. Mormons believe that marriage survives death and that families are forever. Meaning that the potential to be united in the next life is present. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Matt
For me, being Mormon brings with it a sense of meaning and purpose. The beliefs are comforting in times of trial and difficulty. Involved in being Mormon is a tremendous sense of responsibility and a call to be an example of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There is an incredible sense of belonging, community of support and love. This can be seen by non-Mormons as exclusive and "clicky" even though that is not the intent. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Matt
As with all matters of faith, "knowing" is not realistic. Faith and Hope are venues to peace about things which cannot be seen or known. Many Mormons incorrectly say they "know" the church is true when it is more accurate to interpret what they mean as they have a strong faith in the church and it's theology. In order to develop a strong faith in Mormonisn, I suggest that you start by researching the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. If you find that you accept Him and his teachings, then I would move on to studying about the life and story of Joseph Smith. There is much written about him that is both pro and con. Part of being a believing Mormon is accepting Joseph Smith as a prophet and the Book of Mormon as scripture. If you find that this inspires you and it is what you want to believe, you should talk to a member of the church and ask to visit with the missionaries in your area. Converting to Mormonism is a significant change in your life and should be taken seriously. You can expect lots of love and support from the members around you and may experience resistance and even ridicule from those not favorable toward Mormonism. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Matt
The current leaders of the church state the it is because "God has put it that way." There is some historical basis for the idea that this may not always be the case. Temple attending Mormons are also familiar with this idea. Joseph Smith seemed to indicate that women may use a form of the priesthood. Early church history contains many accounts of women laying on hands to heal the sick through prayer. I personally believe that women should have a more active role in the primary leadership of the church. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Matt
This question seems to always stump Mormons. To the average Mormon, the answer is an obvious "Yes." the official name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Mormons believe that an apostasy occurred in the years following Jesus Christ and his apostles' deaths. Mormons believe that Jesus Christ restored his church to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith in 1830. Thus, Latter-Day distinguishes between the church during the meridian of time and before the advent of his Second Coming. Because of the differences in the tenants of Mormon theology and current mianstream Christianity, modern "Christians" exclude Mormons from their definition of what is Christian. It is my understanding that they also feel the same about Catholicism. I suspect that most Mormons have never taken the time to learn the differences in theological beliefs to understand the "Christian" position. While our understanding of His divinity may differ, Mormons believe in and worship Jesus Christ as their God, Savior and Redeemer and consider it offensive to be denied the title of Chritian. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Matt
No. However, all males who are 18 years old are expected to serve a 2 year full-time mission at their own expense. Females, who choose to, go at age 19 and for 18 months. Why the difference? I don't know. For males, It would be inaccurate to say that there is not a fair amount of social pressure to go and social stigma for not going. It is taught to us from a very young age when in Primary (children's organization) we regularly sing a song called, "I Hope They Call Me On A Mission." it is considered an honor and blessing to serve a mission. Having served one myself is one of the greatest educational and maturing experiences of my life. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Matt
Officially the Church does not endorse any political party. However, occasionally the Church has taken positions that resemble itself when necessary. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Matt
No. Personally I find great happiness in helping people in general. Naturally, I have more oppertunities to help more Mormons because of proximity and interaction, but that is only due to circumstance. Christ taugh that we should love and serve all fellow human beings. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Matt
Authority is what provides legitimacy to any organization or group of people or in this case spiritual organization. In the field of Law we call this jurisdiction and provide geographic boundaries and assign/give authority to an individual to judge and administer in the position thereof. An unelected or un appointed citizen does not possess this authority. Likewise, one should be authorized to perform an ordinance by the the source of the organization, group, or religion for which it is being performed. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Matt
We do. While at the local level there is no paid clergy, it is my understanding that all of the General Athorities (church leaders) beginning with the Seventies and including the 12 Apostles and First Presidency are paid $120,000 annually from the general fund or tithes of the church. I also believe that any church related travel and lodging expenses are also taken care of by the tithes. Mission Presidents are also adequately compensated for their time serving. So it is true that the LDS church has both a lay and paid clergy. Many people had an issue with this as the amount of reimbursement was not revealed to the membership or public until January 2017. Show more Show less