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Hi I'm Matt

I constantly learn. I'm easily distracted. I love making people laugh. Ich kann Deutsch :) I'm a friend . . . and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm the second youngest of four, and the only non-red head in the group! I'm currently serving as a full-time missionary, and after I return I'm studying at a University and planning on a double major in Economics and Political Science. Although it's easy to glamourize my existence by listing my favorite hobbies as running, hiking, and long walks on the beach (I do enjoy these things!) You're more likely to find me reading a book, studying for my next class, or simultaneously trying to make a quesadilla, keep up on the daily news and watch people on the internet intentionally sing poorly. I thrive on memorizing useless facts, learning about new cultures, and having memorable experiences on a daily basis. That said, I still have separation anxiety without my phone--keeping in contact with friends and family is a blessing I try not to take for granted! I'm the kind of person who is willing to drop everything after learning of someone in need--even when it means more cramming for tests, being late for a meeting, or living a life in semi-constant chaos. To me, there's few things more satisfying than knowing God trusted me enough to put me where He needed me to be.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, born and raised, but to me being a member of Christ's church is so much more than a label or my way to fit into the "in" crowd. Being raised in the LDS church, I learned a lot from my parents about the importance of making right decisions and devoting my life to serving Jesus Christ by serving others. There came a point in my life where I felt like I could never live up to the demands this kind of lifestyle required. As I sought answers through conversation, study, and reading from the Book of Mormon, the stories of individuals whose faith had been strong enough to sacrifice all that they had to serve the Savior inspired me to pray to my Heavenly Father to know of the truth myself. The assurance wasn't immediate, but as I learned from my mistakes and recognized my need to repent. As I took the necessary steps to come to Christ, I experienced a feeling of utter and complete peace, and knew that my decision was the one that God wanted me to make. Life has not been easy since that point, but no matter what has or will cross my path, I recall that moment of certainty and move forward, believing that Christ not only has power to save me, but also to change my desires and support me in my choice to live a life devoted to serving him. I'm a Mormon, and I know it is only through the Atonement of Jesus Christ that I find true peace. So can you!

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Germany Berlin mission. This is a two-year commitment where I invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive His restored Gospel. I seek to live my life in a way consistent with the commandments God has revealed, and pray often for his guidance in everything I do. I believe that we ultimately live our faith in the way we treat others, so I seek to treat everyone I meet with love and respect, especially if they act differently, look differently, dress differently, or believe differently than I do. As I seek to love and understand the individuals I meet, I find that the voice of the Lord is more clear and my capacity to love and serve even greater. With the new experiences I've had on a mission, I'm on a constant quest for meekness, the way Elder Neal A. Maxwell once described it: "Meekness, however, is more than self-restraint; it is the presentation of self in a posture of kindness and gentleness, reflecting certitude, strength, serenity, and a healthy self-esteem and self-control." I'm not perfect, but I'm grateful for a loving Savior who helps me when I fall, so that I can get up and try again each day, one step at a time.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Baptism is an ordinance that everyone must perform in order to return to live with God again. We believe that baptism needs to be performed in the same way that Jesus Christ taught through his example: by immersion and by one who holds authority to perform the act in God's name. Through baptism we can be cleansed from our sins, and through this act of faith we also make a promise with our Heavenly Father that we will live our life in accordance with his commandments. Children under the age of 8 do not need to be baptized, as they do not yet understand the difference between right and wrong, and are saved by Christ's atonement. Baptism represents a change from our previous way of living into a life devoted to following the example of Jesus Christ in our actions and with our interactions with others. We believe that all will have the opportunity to be baptized by those with proper authority, whether in this life or the next. Show more Show less

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

We need a Savior because we're too stubborn to repent without help! :) Everyone has a burden they carry, regrets that burn within them, and sometimes the feeling that nobody understands what they're going through. Jesus Christ is our Savior because he suffered for each one of us individually--undergoing every possible affliction or weakness or temptation or sin that we would ever deal with, so that we would never truly be alone. I can be happy knowing that even when I struggle, he understands my weakness and offers to make me strong if I'm patient enough to accept his timing. Without Christ, we're left alone to carry our personal burdens. With him, we can be truly free. He wants to forgive us because he loves us, and when we want to show him that we are grateful for that gift, we keep his commandments and live our lives the way he wants us to live. Show more Show less