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Hi I'm Matthew Hodgson

Im a missionary, a pianist, an improvisational actor, and an adventure addict. Im also a son of God and a mormon.

About Me

I'm from the beautiful state of California. I grew up too tall and strong for my own good *looks in mirror* *scribbles out previous comment* *replaces pen on paper* "I grew up." I have always loved sports and physical activity and particularly enjoy running triathlons. Camping, climbing and other such things are other wonderful ways to view Gods creations. I also have a great love for music and play the piano any opportunity I get. One of my favorite things to do is improvosational theater. I have an absolute blast just creating something entertaining and fulfilling all on the spot. It's a challenge, but hey, I love challenges. And I love adventure. There are some things I should include here in the "about me" section that I probably shouldn't include.... ah, well, they're something "about me" so here goes.... I enjoy having wand fights and quidditch matches with my friends. I also enjoy successfully using the force to open automatic doors and take frequent walks into Mordor (I know, right? I just walk in!). Right now though, my life - and my joy - is being a full-time missionary for our Savior Jesus Christ. Carrying His word and His gospel in my hand and in my heart are overwhelmingly fulfilling, and there is nothing so wonderful as seeing someone come unto Christ, or seeing Him make me into a better servant than I was the day before. I love my family, my mission (D.C. South!!!) and my Savior.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have a powerful testimony and assurance of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. When Christ was on the earth, He established His church with the organization that He intended to have. Sadly, after His death and the death of His apostles, that church fell away from the truths it was built on. God loves His children too much to allow them to remain in darkness. So, He has called prophets today to guide us just like the prophets of old. I know through simple moments of prayer, and powerful events of confirmation that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that church that Christ organized in the meridian of time. I know that the priesthood authority and power of God were restored with that organization and that simple gospel of Christ. I know, too that the Book of Mormon is the way we discover the truth of these things, and I implore all who read this to search that book of sacred scripture diligently and prayerfully. I promise that by doing so, you will come to know the wonderful blessings of Christ and of His gospel. It is because of Gods witness to me that I am a Mormon, and I know that by putting His word to the test, His witness to you will be why YOU enter the fold of God. Simply put, I'm a Mormon because I know it's true. Why are you a Mormon?

How I live my faith

I live my faith by using the atonement of Jesus Christ to be a better person today than I was yesterday. What Christ did for us not only allows us to repent and be forgiven, but it allows us to - with His help and His support - become something we never would be able to otherwise. I rejoice daily in the opportunity to try again, and to improve. Just a few of the ways I access the atonement of Jesus Christ are prayer, scripture study, church attendance, temple attendance, and sharing the gospel with others.

In whom should we have faith?

Matthew Hodgson
The answer to this question is actually quite simple: Jesus Christ. He is who our church is named after, He is who we preach of, He is who we study. As it says in the Book or Mormon, "we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." Christ is our focus, for He is where we go to for strength, comfort and forgiveness. The important thing about faith, though, is it is a principle of action. True faith drives us to live life in the way that Christ did. So, by having faith in Him, our lives eventually begin to look more like His. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Matthew Hodgson
The best way to know whether or not mormonism is true, is just to find out! :) That sounds cheesy, but really, it's the best way. Hundreds of thousands of people join the church each year, and every single one of them joins for one reason: they know it's true. Missionaries around the world serve, not as brainwashers, or "convincers," but as guides. We emphasize to everybody that we don't WANT them to believe mormonism just because we say it's true. Our testimonies exist only to help build theirs. The best way to build a testimony though, is by gaining truth from it's very source. James 1:5 says "if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him." God answers your prayers, and He will help you know that this is true if you sincerely desire to know. Try it out! Worked for me ;) Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Matthew Hodgson
God is our Heavenly Father who loves us. He is perfect. He is divine. He is powerful. But He is also caring and loving of each of us. He knows our concerns and our fears. He knows our strengths. And He cares for us enough to help us in times of trial. He has a body much like we do, but His is not subject to death or imperfection. His body is perfect, immortal and glorious. As a Father who is so close to us and so dear to us, He still allows us to make our own choices regarding our treatment of Him in our life. I love to pray to Him and communicate with Him, and I eagerly await the day when I can see Him again. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Matthew Hodgson
I cannot recall a time that Christ instructs the apostles to not fill vacant seats in the quorum of the twelve. Rather, when I consider Christ's interactions with the apostles, I see Him charging them to go forth to preach the gospel, and preparing them to lead the church in a day when He would be gone. After His ascension, He remained very involved with the apostles. He visited Saul and called him to repentance and to preach the gospel. He helped the apostles, under the direction of Peter, select Matthias as the successor of Judas Iscariot. Then I see Christ in the Book of Mormon, calling another quorum of twelve to administer His church on the American continent. Finally, Christ again has called twelve apostles to represent Him as special witnesses of His life, atonement and ressurection. This pattern that Christ follows is one that was established early on, and that He will continue on this earth. I thank the Lord that His son has called such representatives to guide us today. Show more Show less

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

Matthew Hodgson
God founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the beginning of time, God founded His church through which Adam could help nurture and strengthen his family spiritually and temporally. Many times throughout history - as recorded in the bible - the members of that church fell away from the truth as they became victim to the enticing temptations of the world. Each time that unrighteousness ripened in the general populous of that church, God would refrain from guiding it, resulting in further straying from the outlined path. This lack of guidance is known as apostasy. Because God loves His children, He allows multiple opportunities for them to hear His word and feel His love. He does this by calling prophets to lead His people and His church. Throughout time, God has called prophets such as Noah, Abraham and Moses to restore the truths God gave to Adam. Each time there is a restoration of doctrine, there is a restoration of organization known as the Church of Jesus Christ. This church was eventually restored by Christ Himself during His lifetime prior to His atoning sacrifice for all of us. But, like every generation before, the people fell away and resumed their patterns of apostasy. In these latter days, God has again called a prophet to organize that same church of which Adam took part. The teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith are those of his predecessors, and Gods restored church continues to testify of all the mercies and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Show more Show less