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Hi I'm Matthew

I grew up in Texas, I'm studying Computer Science at BYU, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently serving my mission in Mesa, Arizona. I am studying computer science at BYU with the goal of becoming a video game developer. In my spare time I love reading, writing, messing with digital graphics, and playing computer games too much.

Why I am a Mormon

Church membership goes back a couple generations in my family. I was born in the church and spent my Sundays in primary and sunday school. I had already received a testimony when I was eight, and made the choice to become baptized. Since then, being a member and living by the gospel has been a natural part of my life. I have personally learned the truthfulness of many principles, like the law of tithing, the word of wisdom, studying the scriptures, and so on. A few years back, my stake did a production of The Savior to the World. Preforming the recreation of Christ's birth and resurrection stirred a feeling of the spirit in my soul stronger than anything I had hitherto felt. From then on, I decided to make the Holy Ghost not just something I felt at church but throughout my life. My faith has been greatly strengthened by many of the wonderful activities the church offers, including youth conference, EFY, and mission prep. I have challenged myself to be the best person I can, and I have started putting Him first and everything else second. I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church of God. I know that my redeemer lives and that Thomas S. Monson is His prophet.

How I live my faith

It was an interesting challenge, being one out of a mere handful of members my age going to my high school. Keeping my standards in the face of so many who might mock them is something I faced daily. Now however, thanks to hard work and no small amount of divine intervention, I am lucky enough to have been accepted to BYU, where everyone is keeping standards identical to mine. I am currently serving a mission in Mesa, Arizona.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is pretty basic. It's when you hear the gospel and you believe its true. When you hear someone 'bear their testimony' they are simply conveying their belief that the church is true. A lot of times, you'll hear how they 'felt the spirit' and it told them it was true. When you feel the Holy Ghost, it usually manifests its self as just a really good feeling that you have, or just a feeling of rightness about something. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is a lot like the bible, in the sense that it is a record by ancient prophets used today for our spiritual benefit. Unlike the Bible, however, the prophets in ancient America were told by God to make the record specifically for us in the latter days. Often times, the writer will break from the historical recording and actually speak to the reader. As such, much of the information and truths therein are straightforward and simple. Also like the Bible, the Book of Mormon is broken up into 'books', like the 'Book of Mosiah'. The Book of Mormon is not meant to replace the Bible, however,it is meant to support and supplement the knowledge already in the Old and New Testaments, hence, the Book of Mormon is called 'Another Testament of Jesus Christ'. The title comes from a prophet named Mormon who actually compiled all of the records into a single set of golden plates. It is for him that the popular name 'Mormons' comes from. Mormon's son, Moroni, buried the plates in a hillside, and centuries later appeared as a resurrected being to a young Joseph Smith and revealed to him where to find the plates. Joseph Smith was instructed by God to translate the plates and use their teachings as the keystone for the restored church of God. Thus we have the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

A somehow common misconception, our belief in the Savior is evident in the Church's name, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Like President Hinckley said, we are very much Christians and Christ sits at the center of our entire belief system. Show more Show less