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Hi I'm Matt

I grew up in Pennsylvania and now live in Alabama. I work in an underground coal mine. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Methodist church and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while I was in high school. My younger brother and I are the only members of the church in our family. Now, 13 years later, I'm married, have two children, and work as a supervisor/engineer for an underground coal mining company. I enjoy woodworking, restoring old cars and machines, and spending time with my family at the beach. I currently serve as our ward's clerk over finance and membership.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church when I was 17 because I had a friend who had enough courage to share their faith with me. I always believed in God and Jesus Christ, but never fully understood who they were or why it was so important to follow their teachings. Learning about the restored gospel from the missionaries gave me the faith and understanding I was missing. I read from the Book of Mormon and prayed and asked God if it was true. He answered my prayer, and I felt that it was true in my heart. I decided to be baptized and join the church.

How I live my faith

I believe I live my faith by the choices I make each day. We can show the Lord that we love him and desire to follow his teachings by serving and treating others as He would. Being a father gives me lots of opportunities to show love to my wife and children by serving and providing for their temporal and spiritual needs. My responsibilities at church also give me the chance to reach out to others who are in need.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Our church does not have any type of paid clergy. In other words, we all volunteer our time and talents to serve in the church. The money we contribute to the Lord and His church (10% of our income annually) is used to fund the programs of the church around the world. It is used to print class materials and copies of the Book of Mormon, construct and maintain church buildings, and provide funds for our missionary program. Show more Show less