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Hi I'm Matt

I'm studying psychology, I love rock music, I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a graduate psychology student at NMSU. My field is human factors psychology, which pertains to usability and human performance. My wife and I like to ride dirt bikes and go rock climbing. She graduated in graphic design and runs her own photography business. We live in a little apartment with our daughter Kyra and our dog Travis. Life is good.

Why I am a Mormon

1984 - 2003 Before I joined the church I was a born-again christian. You know, the kind that goes to whichever church they have the most friends in, the kind that walks up to the front for alter calls to accept Jesus into their heart, the kind that believes all you need to do is say that prayer your pastor tells you to say and you're saved. For me though, this never produced any feeling that I was on the right track. If I had spent my entire life doing this, why did I feel the need to repeatedly do alter calls, when in reality, once you did it you were supposed to be saved? I said the prayer over and over, asking Jesus into my heart, but I never felt satisfied. I never felt that this accomplished anything. My question was, after I did it, if I sinned did I need to do it again? 2003 I found the LDS church through a friend. The missionaries taught me the plan of salvation; why we are here, where we go after this life, how we are truly saved. It was the first time I actually felt like I was in the right place. Don't get me wrong, before the LDS church I did have a relationship with God. I felt his presence, I knew he was there. I often would tattle on myself because I felt his eyes upon me when I did something wrong. I was overly aware of Him even as a young child. But the churches never added to that. They were just something I did with my mother or my friends. 2003 - 2004 After speaking to the missionaries I wanted to be baptized. I didn't know why, I just felt like doing it. My roommate at the time found out my plan and printed a three-inch thick packet of anti-mormon information. It contained false info about the temple and what mormons believed. This made me nervous and scared me away from the church. I fought against it for about a year. After this year of trying to convince my friend she was part of a cult, something happened and I felt I needed to pray. The next morning I felt as if I never had read the anti-mormon info. I was baptized in late 2004.

How I live my faith

2004 - Present After a year and a half of church membership I served a mission for the church. For two years (2006-2008) I preached the gospel to the people of New York. During that time I was assigned to lower Manhattan, Harlem, The Bronx, Poughkeepsie, and Wappingers Falls. I loved my mission. I learned a lot from the people I talked to and was able to see many of them join the church. However I know it was not me that converted them, rather I was just a tool that the Lord worked through. After the mission I applied to a church-owned university where I have been studying psychology since 2008.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Many people think Mormons believe in works, that we have to work to be saved, and that is why we are so involved in our church. But rather, we, like most Christian churches, believe that we are saved through grace. In order to qualify for grace, we must have true faith. That is the bottom line. The grace of God is for those who show true faith in Him. This is where people get confused about works. James in the New Testament says that "Faith without works is dead." All this means is we have a formula for knowing whether our faith is true or not. If our faith is true, works will come naturally. Here is an analogy: If I claim to be a humanitarian, I will naturally get involved in politics, volunteer, do fund raisers etc. Just saying you're a humanitarian doesn't make it true. The indicator that you actually are a humanitarian is in what you do about it. So it is with faith. If our faith doesn't naturally compel us to do good works, then maybe our faith isn't true faith, maybe it's only a belief. If that is the case, the devil also believes that Jesus exists. Your works don't save you, but they are an indicator that your faith is real and not just "claimed." Just as your works won't save you, a mere belief in Jesus won't qualify you for the saving grace of God either. You must show a true faith, manifested by your actions, and then the grace of God is poured out upon you. Show more Show less