Hi I'm Cristian Mattoon
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
Why do Mormons go on missions?
Well, I have been called to serve in the Iowa Des Moines Mission. I can't speak for every one as a whole. But I can speak for myself. I for one know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or the "Mormon Church", has been such a blessing in my life! In one word: LOVE. That's why I'm going on a mission. I love the Lord and Christ, as well as my fellow man, and want to share Their message with others. I know that it can bless others lives, just as it has blessed mine
Please share your feelings/testimony of the Restoration of the Gospel.
I've been to a few other churches, and they just don't feel the same. When Christ was on the earth he set up a church, not a building, but a set of beliefs. After Christ was crucified, resurrected, and ascended to Heaven, His Apostles began to die off as well. As they died, others began to teach the Gospel of Christ, which was unfortunately mingled with the thoughts of men. Leaving men with a mish mosh of religion. We believe that through the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Lord restored his Church to the earth. The apostles had the Priesthood, and when they died, it was taken with them. The priesthood is the power and authority to act in the name of the Lord. For a time, that authority was taken from the earth. It was restored to Smith and passed down to the Priesthood holders that we have today. That is something that is needed in a chruch.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Prayer is something that means so much to me. It's one of the ways I exercise my faith each and everyday. It's a wonderful blessing that our Father in Heaven gives us. When we pray, we are comunicating with a Deity. AND we can expect a repyl!
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.