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Hi I'm Matthew Bangerter

I'm a Mormon. For me there is no other reasonable way to live. The more I live it, the more I'm inclined to do so.

About Me

I am what you might consider a fairly typical mormon. I was born in Utah but raised predominately in Idaho and Texas. I was able to grow up in a wonderful gospel centered home and want nothing more than to create the same. I currently study Mechanical Engineering at BYU and hope to use my knowledge to make a positive difference in the world. I find great satisfaction in living to the fullest of my human and divine potential and enjoy any activity that helps me to accomplish that end. I believe quite strongly in seeking out all that life has to offer so long as it fits into my understanding of God's Plan for me. You might say that my happiest self can be found with my family, reading the scriptures, in the outdoors, hearing a good joke, creating/enjoying music, or working on cars.

Why I am a Mormon

I have had my fair share of opportunities to doubt my faith in the gospel. My experience is to generally be driven more by reason than by emotions or feelings, and it is not terribly difficult to find things which, when observed in a limited scope, don't quite make sense. That being said, I am unable to believe in anything but a reasonable God who created the universe with a basis of order and precision. One of the more rewarding discoveries of my life is to have gradually found that an increase in my overall understanding of the world confirms those truths which, as a child were easy to take for granted, but which are often forgotten amidst the many "philosophies of men" which bombard us daily. I have found that whenever I have reason to doubt, if I choose to step back, and thoroughly investigate the issue both spiritually and intellectually, I am able to find peace. The more I read and study the Book of Mormon, the more I am convinced that it could never have been fabricated by Joseph Smith. I have read it thoroughly and there is no part of me that is able to doubt it in the least. The further I delve into the sciences, the more I perceive the hand of a Creator. The more I understand human nature, the more I realize that while certain "techniques" can move you forward in life, they will always fall short. Every Time. The seed of my faith is not yet a tree of knowledge, but I am able to say with confidence that I am convinced in my mind and in my heart that I belong to God's church.

How I live my faith

This is quite simple. I try to read my scriptures, and pray to God everyday. The results of this choice are both obvious and consistent. I ask God in the morning that I be blessed with the spirit and with a clear intellect, and when I ask, they are given me. The choices of life become far less of a burden. I try to get the most out of my church attendance, and think that Sunday is the greatest day of the week. I try to be a balanced human being, and engage in anything that is worthwhile. Perhaps the most difficult, and yet most important aspect of living my faith, is to consistently remember that the goodness in my life is a result of God's love for me. Luckily for me, even when I forget this it never ceases to be true, and I am always able to come back and try a little harder.