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Hi I'm Matthew

I'm a medical student, traveler, and dictionary-writer. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a free-spirited individual who loves to travel and experience the wealth of diverse cultures that exists throughout the world. I lived in Madagascar as a missionary for two years where I fell in love with the people, language, and lemurs. I graduated with a bachelor's in biochemistry, and now I am pursuing a medical degree in pediatrics. I am crazy about playing the trumpet and piano. I love good food. I collect books in Malagasy, the native language of Madagascar. I added my own book to my collection when I published a new Malagasy-English bilingual dictionary. And I love Ultimate Frisbee. Most of all, I enjoy socializing with friends and family and enjoying their company.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I didn't just follow my parents' beliefs blindly. There comes a time in each person's life when he or she must decide to grow up and act for himself or herself, including discovering one's identity, direction, and purpose in life. Mine came as a senior in high school and freshman in college, where I found myself away from home for the first time and barraged with a variety of new influences and responsibilities. I learned about a variety of other religions and beliefs, and then came the time to discover God's truth for myself. An avid student of the scriptures, I pored over them and examined what God wanted me to do in my life and which church He wanted me to join. I realized that our Heavenly Father is a perfect being and has a perfect plan for each of us to allow us to return to Him. As such, He has provided a way for us to know of His truths, and the competing doctrines and dissimilar beliefs among churches is not characteristic of a perfect God. Thus, I had to know for myself which church is His church. I knelt in prayer one evening in my small dormitory and poured out my heart to my Father in Heaven to know if The Book of Mormon and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are true. And He answered my prayer in a way that I understood. He answered me so clearly and distinctly that I know that this Church is the Lord's true church, established again and restored in these last days. And that's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I attend church every Sunday, and participate in a variety of church-sponsored activities throughout the week. I love to read the scriptures - they bring peace into my life, especially during the difficult and stressful times as a student. I'm also a part of the LDS student association on my campus, where I help organize and participate in a variety of activities. In the community, I run a tutoring program for K-12 students. I reach out to my friends at church by visiting them and strengthening them with a spiritual thought at least monthly. I also serve on the Board of Directors for a non-profit trying to end hunger in Madagascar.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Yes. Without a doubt. It may be difficult to believe or hard to understand. But God reaches out to His children the same yesterday, today, and forever. A friend asked me once why we even needed prophets today and whether the Bible was sufficient. My answer to him was that there are a variety of circumstances and situations present today which the people of the Bible didn't encounter, but which we do today. In fact, we need the Lord more than ever. The world is constantly changing, but our Heavenly Father consistently reaches out to us, His children, with guidance and help. I attended a temple dedication - a service in which one of the temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was blessed and dedicated to the Lord for His work and as a place of peace. The Lord's prophet today, Thomas S. Monson, was presiding over the session, and offered the dedicatory prayer. After, he walked through the room that I was sitting in, paused, and shook hands with several in attendance. He laughed, told stories, and encouraged us. As I watched him, and as I looked into his eyes, I felt the Holy Ghost come into my heart and testify to me that Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet of the Lord. He receives revelation today from the Lord just as Moses, Abraham, and all of the true prophets before us did. Show more Show less