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Hi I'm Matthew

I come from a family of 10. I play the trumpet, the piano, and the organ. I like to program computers. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just graduated from High School, and I am now serving as a missionary for the church in the Adriatic North Mission, which consists of Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, and Montenegro. After my mission, I will attend Brigham Young University, where I plan to study Computer Science. In addition to computers and technology, I also really enjoy music. I've been a trumpet player since 6th Grade, and I have done everything from Marching Band to Solo performances. I have also played the piano and the organ for church and for fun. I was involved in the Boy Scout program during my teenage years, and I am an Eagle Scout.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon all my life. When I was younger, I went to church because that's what the rest of my family did. But now that I'm older, I choose to go to church each Sunday. It is something I like to do. I couldn't imagine living my life without my knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because of my testimony of Jesus Christ. I know that he is the literal son of God. I know that he came to our sinful earth as a perfect man. I know that he restored his church, called apostles, and performed miracles. And I know that he suffered and died for every human being that ever came and will ever come to the earth. That means that he suffered for me. He suffered for every mistake that I have ever made and will ever make. I am a Mormon because I know that this church is the same church that he established when he was on the earth. I know that it is only through the ordinances of the gospel that I can be forgiven of my sins and receive the mercy of Jesus Christ in my life.

How I live my faith

Mormon youth have a very special opportunity to attend a seminary class while still in High School. Seminary is a class in which we study the scriptures and church doctrine. Although some schools offer seminary during the school day, my school doesn't. This means that if I want to attend Seminary, I have to wake up before 5:00 every morning to attend my seminary class at 5:30 AM. I have done this since my freshman year of High School. It is really hard some times, but it is something that truly blesses my life. Studying the scriptures helps me recognize the love of God, both in my life and the life of others throughout history. I have also been blessed with several opportunities to be a leader of youth in my ward. I have been the president of both the Deacon's Quorum (the class of Young Men aged 12-13) and the president of the Teacher's Quorum (the class of Young Men aged 14-15). Although I'm not a natural born leader, these have been opportunities to go outside of my comfort zone and develop as a person.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Matthew
God requires that every one of his children be baptized. It is one of the essential saving ordinances. Unfortunately, there are countless people who have lived and died without ever even hearing about Jesus Christ. They never had the opportunity to be baptized, which means that the requirement of baptism could not be fulfilled for them. If that doesn't sound very fair to you, then you'd be right. That's where mercy comes into play. God would never command something without providing a way to fulfill that commandment. That's why we go to the temple to be baptized for the dead. The dead cannot be baptized, but we can be baptized for them. As long as that baptism is performed by the proper priesthood authority, it is completely binding, as though they were baptized while they were on the earth. Of course, the person can choose whether or not they accept the baptism, but if they do, it is just as valid. Show more Show less