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Hi I'm Matthew Leo LaMattina

I became a member of the Church at age 17. I love the Church and I am excited to be a missionary in Alabama. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Missionary for the Church in Alabama. I love history and politics and will continue to study Political Science at BYU when I return. I love backpacking and the shooting sports. I am a bookworm and really love to read a good book. I will return from my mission in 2018

Why I am a Mormon

Like all members of the church I have a testimony of the truth of this Gospel. I chose to be a Mormon because I identified with everything the church stands for. It is so great to have a church leader that is accessible and to have the ability to listen to him every 6 months. I love the fact that the Gospel, even in my short time of membership, has become so real to me and has had a major influence on my life and the lives of all those I know. I, like all people out there have vices and other things like that, but the gospel gives me hope that I can change and me more like the Savior.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by telling others about what gives me the greatest joy. I live the promises I have made to God and make efforts every day to build my knowledge and love of the Gospel.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Matthew Leo LaMattina
Temples are sacred buildings that are dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ and are called His house. They are specially designed and are purposefully separated from our meetinghouses and other buildings to emphasize the deeply spiritual nature of the ordinances that is performed inside. In them we make sacred covenants, (divine promises to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ to do a particular thing or live a certain way in exchange for blessings and guidance) and gain eternal blessings and knowledge of how to return to live with our Heavenly Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Nothing secret goes on in the temple, but due to important and saving nature of the ordinances performed, temples and the ordinances performed therein are reserved for qualified members only. Non members and even some members of The Church are not allowed to enter the temple or certain parts of it because they do not meet the requirements for a "recommend" (document allowing a person to go into the temple and receive ordinances). This qualification is determined by a bishop (local congregational leader who is in charge of helping the temporal and spiritual well-being of members residing in a particular ward, the smallest geographical unit of the church) and a stake president (leader of a group of wards in a large geographic area) and must be signed by both of them and the member. This keeps all of the blessings sacred and allows members to review their worthiness to partake of these ordinances. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Matthew Leo LaMattina
When we perform the ordinances of baptism and confirmation for the dead in the temple we do something for them that they are not able to do themselves. We can give them, through us, the saving ordinances we received, and allow them to go on to receive more ordinances and then become part of an eternal family. We as members of the church are all too aware of the power of the saving ordinances that the temple brings to our lives and consider ourselves selfish if we do not do everything in our power to help all people past, present, and future receive the same joy and knowledge that we have at this time. Our most sacred duty is to help others to find this joy and happiness and in so doing serve the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less