What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Matthew C. Ward

I love my black lab named Captain. I like Texas. I am a Mormon.

About Me

College can be a real challenge. Last semester I took the class, at my university, that more students fail than any other class. I earned a B+. Doing well in that class helped me know that "I CAN DO HARD THINGS." That is a quote from my wife. We got married 6 months ago. She is really great. She encourages me all the time and says I can be successful. I love her. We like to watch movies together. Sometimes I listen to country music. My sister taught me how to love country music when I was a boy. Other times I like pop music. My car has several pre-set stations that are pop. I also love soft music like Josh Grobon or Celine Dion. My Pandora account has several stations like that. I believe that music sets the mood and influences how we think and act.

Why I am a Mormon

My dad and mom have faith in Jesus Christ. They took me to church as a kid. Later I had to decide if I believed in Jesus Christ too. My first memorable spiritual experience was when I was 15 and I was reading in Luke 22:44 and it says that Jesus Christ suffered and died to pay for my sins. Because he was perfect he defeated death and came back to life. Because he did this he also has power to take away our sins and bring us back to life. When I read that scripture that day I heard God's voice in my head ask me a question. The question was: "Did Jesus bleed for you?" When I thought of that question I knew that God was trying to tell me something. I knew that God and Jesus Christ love me and want me to be happy. I decided that day be the best I can be. To this day I am still trying to do that.

How I live my faith

My wife and I have the coolest Sunday Job ever! We are partner teachers at church. We study the scriptures during the week and then make a plan of what to teach. Then we go to church and teach about 20 adults about what we learned. I love studying the scriptures. I love it even more when my wife and i study the scriptures together. She is a really spiritual person and sometimes sees things I don't. It is useful to study the scriptures with your spouse. Also I study scriptures better when I have a purpose: like helping people in our class live better lives. I love to write letters. I have special drawing markers and I like to create landscape images for letterhead pictures. Then I write beautiful letters. I often write in all caps. Sometimes I go on a spree and write 4 or 5 letters in one day. My main goal when I write is to influence people for good. I write to friends and family. Last year two of my letters helped two families find God and get baptized in the Mormon Church.