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Hi I'm Matthew

I'm a software developer, a student, and a blogger

About Me

I work full-time as software developer and go to school to pursue my computer science degree. I spend my few minutes of spare time blogging, playing the piano, and working on side projects. I am married to the best chef, photographer, and wife in the world.

Why I am a Mormon

Simply put, I am "Mormon" because God told me to follow this path. One of the most important tenets of my personal faith is that if I ask with a sincere desire, God will let me know what to do in my life. I prayed and asked him if this was the path I should follow, and He responded in a resounding "Yes." As I've studied the Scriptures, pondered on the messages presented to me by many religions, and sought God's answers through prayer, I have come to know for myself that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are God's word, and that this is the right path.

How I live my faith

I made the decision to serve for two years as a full-time volunteer minister and helping hand in Denver, Colorado. It was an amazing two years, and not a day goes by that I do not reflect on the the work I did, the fun I had, and the lessons I learned there. Following my mission, I have volunteered as a youth Sunday School teacher and now serve as assistant pastor to our local Spanish-speaking congregation.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Matthew
Yes. The people of ancient America from whom we receive the Book of Mormon are the "other sheep" mentioned in John 10:16 in the Holy Bible Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Matthew
Yes, we are. Jesus Christ and His sacrifice are at the center of everything we do and believe. The rest (Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, Temple work, etc) are just appendages of that central doctrine. I know that Jesus Christ was the Jehovah of the Old Testament and the Savoir of the New. He was and is the promised Messiah. He was born to the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, healed the sick, raised the dead, performed mighty miracles, forgave the sinners, and invited all to come unto Him. He suffered in agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, and died on the cross for the sins of all mankind. He rose from the tomb the third day and broke the bands of death. He is my Savior, my Lord, and my God. Anyone who says we aren't Christian either doesn't know about our beliefs, or doesn't understand them. The Book of Mormon itself is a powerful witness of the Savior: "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ" (2 Nephi 25:26). "Hearken unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ... if they are not the words of Christ, judge ye—for Christ will show unto you, with power and great glory, that they are his words, at the last day" (2 Nephi 33:10-11). Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Matthew
Nope. He was inspired, he was a prophet, and he was a great guy, but he is not God. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Matthew
Being a Mormon is both hard and easy at the same time. Christ encouraged "Take my yoke upon you... and ye shall find rest unto your souls" (Matt. 11:29), but He also stated,"If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me" (Matt. 16:24). Following Christ (the goal of being a Mormon) sometimes feels heavy like a cross because so much time and energy is required. Sometimes, I feel like Church is all I ever do on the weekends. However, whenever I stand back from life and look at the big picture, I realize that because I know what I know, I actually have it really good: I don't have to experience the pain that comes from the regret so many others feel. My family is united. Violence, drugs, alcohol, and pornography never mar the peace in my home and in my life. This how many families struggle with those! I also have a very comforting perspective I can lean on when the clouds of life do get in the way of my sunshine. I know what happens when I die. I know I will always be with my family. I know that as long as I'm making an effort to follow Christ, I don't have to be perfect. I know that God is there, and that He loves me. I know that, amazingly, there is peace behind this crazy world we live in. So is being a Mormon hard? Yeah. But is it worth it? More than I can tell you. Show more Show less