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Hi I'm Mat

Just Married, Finally Graduated, Boy Scout Troop Leader. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Im 24, and I finally graduated college! I am preparing for a masters program then on to medical school. My wife and I are living in Indiana until I finish my masters program. We like playing all kinds of sports, but swimming and soccer are our favorites. I read everything from science fiction to history to medical research papers. I roller blade and rock climb with my wife on campus. I love learning languages and traveling, both of which go hand-in-hand! I volunteer as a Boy Scout Leader (BSA), which gives me an excuse to go camping and hiking ;)

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that the principles taught in this church have made me the happiest I've ever been. I have come to a knowledge that the Lord loves me and that He helps me each day. I feel so much gratitude for all of the help I receive, and in return I want to do whatever He wants asks. I rely on the Book of Mormon as a daily uplift and help. I do not have one specific event that has given me my testimony of the Book of Mormon. My testimony comes from the comfort and peace that I feel every time I read it. One test that I use to know if something is good and true is to see where it guides my thoughts. When I read from the Book of Mormon I remember all of the things God has done for me. The past few years that I have really chosen to rely on my Heavenly Father's help have been the happiest of my life. I know that the Lord, my Father in Heaven, loves me so perfectly. I feel a warm calm feeling each time I learn about Him. I want my friends to know how I feel. I recognize and believe that each person has full agency to choose what they believe in and why. I want to let them know what makes me so happy, that they can study it out for themselves and see how it works for them. I know that the Book of Mormon is a true book, that it was written under Heavenly direction. I love to study the Book of Mormon along with the Bible, and this is where I learn about Jesus Christ. I know that Jesus Christ lives. I am so grateful for His great sacrifice for me. I know He loves you as much as He loves me. What more can I say? I only know how much joy being a Mormon brings to me. I hope that you will search it out for yourself. If you search sincerely, through prayer, I know that you will receive an answer as I have (Bible - Luke 1:5).

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to follow the counsel that I get from General Conference, the scriptures, and answers to my personal prayers. Of course I live imperfectly, but thanks to Jesus Christ I am able to repent each day and try again the next day! Each day Sarah and I read the scriptures and pray together. We also set aside each Monday night to spend just as family time. Through these activities I have seen our family grow closer and stronger. At least once a month my wife and I visit four families from our congregation. We visit, share a message, and help them with whatever they might need. We call this 'home teaching'. I try to live my faith by sharing this gift I have been given with all those close to me. I try to do the things that make me feel happy and at peace so that others will benefit from my example. Often times I do not have the confidence to speak up and share with them this thing that makes me so happy, but I am trying. I hope to develop confidence and love that will help me to share without fear.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mat
Mormon women are incredible. They are strong, they know who they are, and they stand for their beliefs. They stand as role models for Mormon guys :D. We absolutely believe in equality of men and women. Men and women working together is a powerful powerful thing. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Mat
Mormons believe that families are the key to happiness! No matter what family we come from we can always work to improve our own! I love my family and couldn't imagine what, where, or who I would be without them. Through good times and bad. Show more Show less