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Hi I'm Matthew

I'm really tall, a red headed step child, and I love life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised an only child by my mom after my parents divorced when I was 3 years old. I've was involved in Boy Scouts as a kid and teenager and absolutely love it. I grew up in Illinois and moved to Arizona when I was 14. At first I hated the desert but over time spent in it I have come to love it. It has helped me see the beauty of Gods creations all over the place. I love to swim and bike and hike and do anything new I haven't done before. Like a typical guy I love sports and working on cars or anything like that. I love to go offroading too, and of course I like to play video games too. And I love Star Wars. All the different things to do in life is what makes it enjoyable.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom joined the church in her early 20's and raised me in it. Though eventually I had to ask myself if I actually believed it or liked it. I would go to church growing up and sometimes like it and other times not like it. After graduating high school I went off to Northern Arizona University and I was trying to figure out if I should keep going to church and serve a mission or just go about life. I thought long and hard and started praying more than I had before that time. I decided to read the Book of Mormon all the way through and as I did so, I felt the Spirit testify to me of the truth of the book. As I thought about my life to that point I also noticed a trend in my happiness level. When I was going to church and studying scriptures I was happier in my life and when I wouldn't do those things, I wasn't as happy. So I realized how important the church really was for me. Then I decided I needed to serve a mission and was called to the Spokane Washington mission where I learned to speak Spanish and share my feelings about the church with everyone who is willing to listen. That has brought me such a greater understanding of who my heavenly father is and has just strengthened my knowledge that this is the church Christ established, once again on the earth.

How I live my faith

I go out in a suit and tie and start very awkward conversations with people I don't know until I find some way to talk to them about what I believe and how its touched my life. Basically I'm a missionary serving in Washington State.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Matthew
God is our heavenly father. He has a glorified, perfected body. He is a separate person than his son Jesus Christ and they are in turn separate than the Holy Ghost, who does not have a body. He is all powerful and knows and understands the universe and everything that exits so good, we can't even begin to comprehend it. God loves us as his children and wants us to enjoy the blessings he has, which is part of the reason we come to earth to gain a body. Gaining a body is just one part of the plan he has for us to find joy and happiness. He wants to bless us in this life, and has given us rules and guidelines, just like any parent would, to keep us safe and happy. When we follow those rules we get rewarded with blessings!!!! When we go break those rules, we might get hurt and not be as happy, just like kids obeying their parents. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Matthew
“All things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth... and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator” (Book of Mormon, Alma 30:44). When you go out into the woods, or desert, or down a river, or up a mountain, and you take a look around at the beauty the Earth has to offer us. All of the stars and planets and solar systems and galaxies that men keep finding, and the beauty that space has to offer. All are proof that something is working behind the scenes to create it. Whatever understanding we have today of these things has been inspired and given to us from God, to be able to come closer to him, and understand his love for us. Show more Show less