What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Matt

I'm a naval officer and engineer. I am a husband and father of 3 energetic kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Northern California enjoying the sun and water. While studying hard to be a Civil Engineer in college, I married young to a beautiful bride. Even before graduating, we became parents to our first of three delightful and energetic children. In the Navy, I continue to work hard long hours, and several months are spent away from home while serving my country. I love what I do and am proud of it.

Why I am a Mormon

While reading or listening to God's words, praying to Him, and doing all I can to follow Jesus's example, I feel in my heart that God knows me personally as one of His children. He loves me and this is the path he has prepared for me. I love the standards of the Church. The Church has given me a consistent direction in my life since I was a boy. The high standards have saved me from several of the pitfalls my friends fell in during high school, allowing me the freedom to succeed later on. It is what continues to shape how I raise my children and treat my wife. Living the gospel has made me extremely happy. Being a Mormon has brough a lasting peace to my life and my home.

How I live my faith

Establishing a Christ centered home is my greatest goal. Whether away from home while deployed with the Navy, or at home with my family every night, we all work together towards this end. While away, I find a local Mormon church to attend which helps me feel connected to my wife and kids knowing that they are doing the same thing back home. We read scriptures together, eat together, and pray together. If away, I try to call home during the evening prayer so that I can listen in. While at home we have Family Home Evenings on Monday nights where we pray, sing, and share together. The kids don't always listen, but it is always fun.

How does the Church finance its operations?

Matt
The members of the church pay 10% of their income as tithing and it is used to build and maintain buildings (like local meeting houses and temples), operate the church programs (including youth programs and publishing), or for missionary work. Clergy are not paid for their services, but operate as volunteers. I pay my tithing because it is paying back only a small percentage of what the Lord has given me. It is an opportunity for me to be a contributing member of the Lord's people. As a Ward Assistant Clerk for Finances, I helped to manage the collection, accounting, and use of tithing and other donations within the ward for over a year. I personnally witnessed that every penny was accounted for and valued like the Widow's Mite. I saw the richest and the poorest members of the ward give and both were equally blessed for their humility before the Lord. Show more Show less