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Hi I'm Matthew

I'm a Mormon. I am the third of six kids. Recently I have returned home from a mission that I served in Mexico.

About Me

I'm a returned missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I served for two years in Monterrey Mexico which was a tremendous growing experience and blessing for me. I had been raised in the Church by two wonderful missions but it was while serving as a missionary that I truly came to understand the importance of the Gospel of the Jesus Christ and the wonderful blessing and changes it can bring to the lives of those who accept it and live by it. I know that my Savior lives and that he loves us. A happy life is a life centered around him. Currently I am studying Computer Science and Brigham Young University - Idaho. I enjoy the outdoors, camping, backpacking, swimming, snowboarding, and Ultimate Frisbee. I also like watching movies, playing board games as well as card games, and having serious conversations on just about anything with just about anyone. Although single I do have plans to find a wonder companion with whom I can spend and eternity with and bring children into this world.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon. For the longest time I went along with it because that's what my parents expected of me. However in my teenage years I began to question. I knew I had to make a decision. After spending time praying, reading the Scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, and seriously paying attention in Church service I came to realize for my self that what my parent had taught me was true. This knowledge did not come all at once, but little by little it came, and while serving as a missionary and testifying of those very truths it was solidified. The world is full of uncertainties. Too often we wonder who is telling the truth on TV or if anyone is. We wonder which political candidates we can really trust to have an honest plan to lead this country through its challenges. People wonder if they will have a job the next day or where they will be in 5 or 10 years. Just like anyone else I don't have the answers to these questions and doubts we all face. But what I am certain of without a doubt is that God lives, he is our Heavenly Father and he loves. He sent his only begotten son to the earth to pay the price for sin and pave the path that will take us back to our loving Heavenly Father. If I live my life according to his plan and his commandments putting his will above my own I will find peace and happiness in this life and in the life too come. If I lead my family I hope to one day have in righteousness then I will not only be with her in this life but for all eternity. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is directed by Christ himself through prophets and apostles. He speaks his word and will through them. I know I can also receive my own answers to life's problems and challenges through meaningful prayer, study of the Scriptures and other good books and meditation. All though faced with many uncertainties we can be certain that the word God reviles to us is true and the blessing promised to us for abiding by his word are real.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by praying daily, attending church services and reading the scriptures. In addition I enjoy serving others, sharing my testimony of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, his Gospel, and his restored Church. I strive to keep the commandments but recognize my weaknesses and imperfections and asking daily our Father in Heaven for forgiveness and his strength and guidance to help me overcome both sin and weakness.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Matthew
Grace is the enabling power of the Atonement or Sacrifice of Jesus Christ when he gave his life for us. Grace enables us to overcome the weaknesses of our mortal bodies and state of being. It is by that power that we will all be saved from physical death and live again after this life. (See 1 Corinthians 15: 21-22) It is by Grace that we will all be brought back into the presence of God to be judge according to our works in this life and the desires of our heart. It is by Grace that we can be forgiven of our sins on condition of repentance. Christ paid the price for our sins and there is nothing we can do to pay that price for ourselves. But we can change and that is what repentance really is, changing who we are. Changing our habits, intentions, desires, and actions to be align with God's. Without the grace no one could dwell with God in his Kingdom and it is by Grace that dwelling with God is made possible. But we must also make the decision to become the type of person that can and will want to dwell in his presence and live the life that he lives. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Matthew
Anyone and everyone who has ever heard or learned anything about Mormonisms or as we prefer to put it the Restored Gospel and Church of Jesus Christ will most certainly have doubts about it including those who are brought up in Mormonism. There is all kinds of materiel, and all sorts of people who can and may very well convince that it is not true. What I have learned is that there is only one fount of absolute truth and that is God. And so only God or our Father in Heaven can give us an answer that we can have absolute confidence in of that which is correct and that which is not. In this life we can either decide to accept and depend on the Wisdom of God or the wisdom and philosophies of man. God speaks to us in many ways. Through his written word, through thoughts that occur to us, through feelings we receive and at times we may even hear an audible voice. But however he may choose to communicate an answer to us know that it will always be accompanied by peace, and love. (see Galations 5:12). A knowledge of the truth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints won't come all at once. It will come little by little as you study what we teach, attend our church services, ponder or think about what you hear, feel and learn and apply it in your life. As you do these things you will feel peace and love, you will see new blessings, both temporal and spiritual come into your life, and God will let you know in a way that you will understand that it is true. Show more Show less