Hi I'm Cristian Mattoon
I'm a cellist, a brother, a gummy worm eater, a Texan, a goofball, and I'm a Mormon.
I love playing the Piano and Cello, I enjoy hiking and backpacking. As well as pretty much anything else outdoors. However, I am also content with a comfy chair and a good book! I have four little brothers, no sister (YAY!). I'm active in school and the Boy Scouts of America. After years of procrastination, I am an Eagle Scout. I worked at a zoo for several years in the Education Department. I love teaching others anything they didn't know. I wish I knew more American Sign Language. However, I love using the limited knowledge I do have to try and talk to those around me who speak it. I'm very much a talker.
Why I am a Mormon
That's a really hard question to answer in 2000 letters or less! One of the reason I love the church is that it is a church of service!Not even our clergy are paid.Every Sunday, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have the opportunity to serve each other in simple roles like "Sunday school teacher" or "Pianist". My testimony is not one that came all of the sudden;it came "line upon line and precept upon precept," it's done so through going to church and reading the scriptures. I have read the bible, as well as the Book of Mormon, and through the power of prayer have found it to be true. My parents never "made" me go to church, but always gave me the option to stay or go. I've tried to "grow" my testimony on my own. The Church places hefty emphasis on the Atonement of Jesus Christ, part of that Atonement was Christ's dying on the cross for our sin. That's one of the reason I continue to follow the Gospel of Christ. I figure if Christ died for my sins so that I can return to live with Heavenly Father, the least I can do is accept His Gospel and do as he asks. Doing so has given me so much joy in my life! Some of that joy comes from the knowledge that families can be forever, and that no matter how I may feel; there is always someone who knows what I am going through. And is ready to help me if I but ask, or even if I don't. Christ and his atonement gives me a foundation to stand on. The LDS church helps me to better understand what Christ did for us
How I live my faith
I live my faith by attending my meetings; However, my parents never forced me to do so. Meetings like church on Sundays, and the fun activities during the week! My favorite is what Mormons call "Institute", it's like a bible study. We have the chance to learn so much! I also get to work with the "Kiddos" in the Boys Scouts program, teaching them about things from knot tying and flag folding to praying and Doing a Good Turn Daily. I try to help out around my local community too! I love volunteering at "Old Folks Homes", It's a win-win situation there! So much to be learned from our Elders. I try and live my faith each and every day by the way I treat others, and by trying to become a better follower of Christ.