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Hi I'm Matt

I'm a Student, I'm linguist in the making,I'm a bit of a clean freak, I'm a Son of God, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

So, to start I'm really bad at describing myself, but here goes nothing. I'm a 21 year-old college student studying Linguistics. I have a dry since of humor that people either find hilarious, offensive or they don't understand. I love Animals, even the ones to which I'm allergic. I'm terrified of sharks yet I love swimming. I'm stubborn and opinionated but I will always listen to someone else, especially if I disagree with them. Just don't expect me to change my mind because you have a point, but I will tell you you have a point. I can't spell to save my life and am therefore very thankful for spell check. I'm a bit of a clean freak. I'm a huge fan of music of pretty much all kinds. I'll probably end up editing this, but this is me. I like me.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints and therefore a Mormon because this is where God said I should stay when my family found the missionaries (yes we found them). I joined the church partially because my Mom was joining too, but more because everything the Sister Missionaries taught us made since to me and there was no reason not to apply them. When I joined the Church and let Christ in my life I don't think I had a clue what I was doing, and I'm convinced that no one actually "knows" what there doing when they first take a step of faith. In my eyes that is the point. The reason that I'm still following Christ example and live as a Mormon is because I see that with each step of Faith I take the more light fills my life, and not just about spiritual matters. I've always been quite outspoken and would let everyone know what I was thinking. When I was a child I was a member of the Lutheran church and I still have very fond memories of that church. When I was 5 and 6 I asked lots and lots of questions, as I"m sure most children that age do. However, most people got frustrated because I would ask questions like "If God didn't want Adam and Eve to eat the fruit from that tree why did he make the tree?" and "So where exactly was I before I came to earth and what was I doing there?" No one could answer these types of questions and few people even tried, and eventually I stopped asking them altogether. When I joined the church many of these questions were answered, but most of them weren't. The difference is that the missionaries and the members were ok to say "I'm not sure, but keep asking and keep praying" I'm still asking questions, and I always will be asking questions. More importantly I'm always going to be finding answers to my questions. That is why I'm Mormon.

How I live my faith

I'm a very strong advocate of not judging anyone, period. I judge things and situations to see if they are good or bad for me, but I never judge people. This affects many aspects of my life and how I carry myself. Many people notice that and ask me where I get such a conviction. When I was in high school one of my best friends, who happens to be a lesbian, told me that "she wished that all guys were Mormon so that they would be more like you." I still don't think that I'm anywhere good enough to warrant such a compliment, but I do hope that my friend felt Gods love for her through me. I always try to live my life in a way that would make my Heavenly Father happy and help all of my brothers and sisters here on earth. In my experience, if we live for others we will never have to worry if we are doing the right thing. I recently returned from serving a 2 year-full time mission and I tried to make sure that every person I spoke with had a better day because I spoke with them. It seems that some people just want to be upset at things, but more often than not, people like knowing that they are loved. I live my Faith by loving unconditionally. Sometimes I'm good at that, often not, but I always try. At the end of the day I know God loves me and I know that God loves you. So dear person reading this, God loves you, you are His child. Nothing can change his love for you and he is proud of you and who you are. I love you too, even though I don't know you I love you. You're awesome, never forget that.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Matt
It is only through the grace of God that we are saved. If there is one thing we as members should remember it is that we need to remember that not everyone uses the same words to describe the same thing. We tend to avoid the word "Grace" and say instead things like "Mercy" "The love of God" and "The Atonement" as if they were all the same thing. They're not. I big reason for this is that we believe very strongly in being engaged in a good cause, namely the work of God. We are a people that tend to always be doing something. The grace of God is a gift, we can't buy it or earn it, we can only receive it with gladness. More often than not Grace comes slowly, almost unnoticeable. I can't say for God what is reason for this is, but I personally think it is because he loves the moment when we look back on our lives and we see, with a smile and tears in our eyes, just how far he is brought us. We as disciples of Jesus Christ and members of His church realize that it is only by his grace that we can do anything, which is probably we we tend to do so much. Don't let our work ethic fool you, we are saved by grace. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Matt
There are really two reasons: 1. We will die. 2. We aren't perfect. We need someone to save us from death. Pretty straight forward. The second is less straight forward, but just as important. We are told in Matthew 5:48 that we are to be perfect like God is perfect. I can't speak for everyone of course, but seriously, we are not even close. Because Christ is our Savior, he was able to give us something called the Atonement. I'm going to simplify here, but the Atonement is basically the Delete key that we have on our computers, except for our lives. Imagine writing a paper for school without having a delete key. I can tell you right now it wouldn't be pretty, and that is basically how our lives are. There supposed to be that way, that is how we learn to be good people. What is even more magnificent is that in the end only the end result truly counts. For example, you only see what your reading right now. You don't see all of the times I spelled "because" as "becasue" since my left hand moves to fast. When I'm done this answer is going to be good largely, if not entirely, based on how well I can use the delete key on my computer. The same is with our lives, in the end what is important is if we used the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We have to go through the effort of using it, but compared to what Jesus did to give us this gift of grace it is like pushing a button. Trying to use anything other than Jesus' Atonement would be like putting white out on a computer screen. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Matt
The same reason that every government asks for significantly more than 10% taxes. God doesn't need money, but for some reason people do. By paying tithing we have an opportunity to actually put our money where our faith is, namely God. I'm personally very satisfied with how my little tithe is used, largely because I can actually see what the church spends money on. I wish my tax dollars were also so carefully spent. In actuality tithing has nothing to do with money and everything to do with trust. If we trust God than we should know that he can do more with our 10% than we can do with our 90%. In short we pay tithing because we trust that God will use it to help someone else, as he has already done so much to help us. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Matt
I like this question as it is one that a lot of people have and many members of the church don't really appreciate. Often we assume that everyone understands exactly what we mean when we use words like "Restoration", but it is important to clarify what was "Restored". Pointing out that "we've always had the bible" implies that what was restored was the word of God, as if the bible were somehow broken. This is a false concept. What was restored was the link of Revelation between God and his children. Sadly this relationship was severed about 100 years after the death of Jesus Christ (see any reliable history text). The bible is like a textbook written by a college professor on how to learn Chinese. I can study the book to my hearts content and apply every single principle to my life. By doing so I will come very far, but I will never actually be able to speak Chinese until I go to class and learn from my professor. The "Restoration" was reestablishing a class room as it were where God can teach us, his children. God is our ultimate teacher and we are all enrolled in this wonderful class called earth and we are all just trying to learn all that we can. Thankfully this isn't like college with tuition and SAT requirements, everyone can come and everyone can learn. Some people just don't know that the opportunity is available and just have a textbook. God is there for everybody, no exception. We just need to let him in. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Matt
God. That being said God used several people to help accomplish his work, but these people were servant and that is all they professed to be. The most notable of these servants was Joseph Smith to whom God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared in 1820, but this is God's work and he is the one who does it. Saying anything else would be like someone asking you who painted the Sistine chapel and responding "a paintbrush and the color blue". Granted both of those were crucial and the Sistine Chapel wouldn't exist as we know it without them, but I wouldn't give them the credit. Show more Show less