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Hi I'm Matthew Jones

I am a young husband. I am studying Technology and Engineering Education. I have survived Pancreatic Necrosis. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am from Mapleton, Utah. I was married in June 2015 to my high school sweetheart. I am grateful for her in my life everyday (Phil. 1:3). I am from a wonderful family with three sisters (two older than I, one younger). We are all married or are getting married and so our family is a bit older, but it makes things very fun. I served a mission in Colorado Springs, but that was interrupted 18 months through with a very serious bout with pancreatitis that sent me home. I was fortunate, after recovery, to serve another 6 months as an online missionary close to home. I am a university student and I am studying Technology & Engineering Education. I have always been more of an English Major kind of person, but I really felt drawn to this line of study simply because of the head, heart, and hands instruction that takes place in the department. I look forward to teaching and going to graduate school someday. I love the outdoors (hiking, camping, fishing, boating, etc.), film-making, reading, writing, eating my wife's cooking creations, watching movies with my wife in our little apartment, and spending time with my family. I love traveling and have spent some time in England, California, Colorado, and look forward to Washington D.C. and Cancun, Mexico in 2016. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ and I feel so blessed to be part of such a wonderful Church and family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon home with Mormon roots extending well into my ancestry on both sides. I am so grateful for the faithful heritage I have been given and that my growing up (as well as the growing up of my parents, grandparents and so forth) has been deeply influenced by the examples of my predecessors. I grew up on faith, hope in Christ, commitment to God, service to others, obedience to my Heavenly Father and prophets both ancient and modern, and the power of priesthood covenants. As I got older, I was often faced with challenges or contradictions to my faith. I feel that that is so common in our world today where religious faith and zeal is so degraded in society. Because I had been raised with a rich tradition of faith God, I felt that in these instances I was able to find answers--even if the answer was "not yet"--from God. Through the lifeline of obedience, prayer, scripture study, and service I have been able to receive revelation that has helped me in my bumps and bruises of life. As a young husband and potential father, I look forward to teaching my children about God and Jesus Christ and passing on my heritage of faith to them that they too may experience the joys and blessings of a Christ-centered life.

How I live my faith

I feel that, in my life, I am always striving to become more devout in my beliefs and practices. I am by no means a perfect Christian, but if there is anything I want anyone to know, it is that I am trying really hard to be, at least, a good one. I try to study God's word everyday, but that can be so hard with busy student-working-early-marriage schedules, but I am trying to make sure I receive spiritual nourishment from His word often. I pray everyday. I have made special covenants with the Lord at baptism and in the temple and I strive to be obedient to the promises and commandments I have received from God. One particularly important promise has been the proper care and treatment of my sweetheart. Though often clumsy, I try to show and tell my wife that I love her everyday. In our church we have a lay ministry, and so everyone volunteers to keep things going. Everyone receives a "calling" or "church assignment" and as I have grown up in the Church I have had many assignments and callings. From a leader among young men to teaching Sunday School to youth, to teaching Institute (which is a scripture study class for young adults) and being a missionary preaching the gospel to people in Colorado and other places in the world, I have tried really hard to perform them well. The irony of service is that I felt that I have been given more from others, than I have given to them. Ultimately, for me, the key to living a good Mormon life is living by the Holy Spirit. I am trying my best to do that.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Matthew Jones
I am no woman, so I understand that I am no authority on this question. But I have been raised as the only boy among four women (1 mother, 3 sisters). I will try to answer as I have observed the workings of incredible women in my own home and in my own life. Mormon women have an understanding that they are literal spirit daughters of a loving Heavenly Father and this ennobling belief leads them to live lives not only of higher standards with an eternal perspective, but also lives that are filled with service, compassion, and love. In the Mormon faith, we believe in equality for all. Equality does not imply "sameness." Whether you have 5 pennies or 1 nickel, you have 5 cents--equally. It is not the same, but equal. By divine design women and men have equal and yet different important roles that they must fulfill. No one has more, no one has less. It just looks different, just like 5 pennies looks different from 1 nickel. However, the Church has stated: "Both parents should be unified and intimately involved in the upbringing of their children." As I have grown up with 4 incredible women, I have come to appreciate the role of women in the eternities. All women are daughters of a loving Heavenly Father. Women have a divinely given purpose and responsibility that none of us--regardless of gender--should look down upon. The LDS Church and its Relief Society (women organization) enables the full potential of women to be realized and pursued. I know of no greater organization. Show more Show less