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Hi I'm Lawrence Matthews

I'm a medic in the United States Army. I am a husband and father. I am a mormon.

About Me

I am a medic in the United States Army. I recently returned from a 12-month tour in Iraq. I have a wife and a beautiful daughter and we are expecting our second child. I am currently in the process of switching branches of service from Army to Coast Guard, where I plan to work in Maritime Law Enforcement. I spent several years away from the church, but eventually found my way back. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and try to live by it's teachings.

Why I am a Mormon

To me, the teachings of the church simply make sense. All the pieces fall together perfectly. The church teaches that our purpose here on earth is to learn and prepare for our responsibilities in the next life. At least, that's how i understand it. I am a mormon, because the teachings of the church make sense to me and I like the standards that the church sets.

How I live my faith

I am far from perfect. I am not naturally a church-going type of person. Often I find it hard to sit through church meetings or to make time to study the scriptures. However, I have found that when I do these things, I am simply happier.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Lawrence Matthews
Many members of the Church, when asked this question say "we are saved by Grace after all that we can do". This is often misunderstood by many people. We do not believe that our works will save us. What this means is that even after we have done all that we can possibly do, we will still need the Grace of Christ to save us. We are all sinners, and therefore we can never pay our debt. The sacrifice made by our Savior in the Garden of Gethsemane has made it possible for all of us, if we will repent and keep his commandments, to return to our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less