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Hi I'm Matthew Lino

I grew up in El Paso, Texas. I am a missionary in the Wisconsin Milwaukee Mission. I love the scriptures! And... I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am 21, love the Gospel and all things related to it. I am serving in the Wisconsin Milwaukee Mission and love that also! Above all I love the Lord!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of a guy I met my senior year of high school. He was a member of The Church and The Gift of the Holy Ghost was so strong with him. Because he lived worthily it led me to at least consider The Church. I went to Auburn University for my first year of college as he entered his senior year of high school and while I was there I spent a lot of time trying to disprove the Book of Mormon. However, in that attempt I ended up gaining a testimony that has become the reason for my conversion. I am a Mormon above all because of my conversion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the fullness of which I have only found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being as obedient to all things within the Gospel as possible. I love The Lord with all my heart and I love people who love The Lord too! And I love everybody else to boot! One way I have learned to live my faith is by delving deeply into the scriptures. When studying the most glorious doctrines of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I am always filled. As I daily have that experience of being "filled" my life slowly becomes more in line with the will of God. I know that as we learn the mysteries of God, we will better understand our eternal destiny!

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Matthew Lino
We believe that God is our loving, Heavenly Father, who amply blesses families, even through eternity. We believe that we are created in the image of God, and that we can one day become like him. We also believe that He has a body of flesh and bone. We were created in His image, therefore, he clearly is not simply a Spirit. We believe that He is the first member of the Godhead, and that his only begotten in the flesh, Jesus Christ, is the second member of the Godhead, also having a resurrected body of flesh and bone. We believe that that same Jesus Christ is the Jehovah of The Old Testament, now the resurrected Christ! We believe the Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead, a personage of Spirit yet to obtain a body. We believe that they are all of one purpose! The Book of Mormon teaches, as does The Holy Bible, that "...the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, [are] one God, without end. Amen." (2 Nephi 31:21) All in all, we believe what the Lord himself has taught regarding the Godhead! Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Matthew Lino
By reading Doctrine and Covenants (D&C) section 132 you can discover a concrete answer to this question. Reasons include the need to build up a righteous people unto the Lord. Another is to multiply and replenish the Earth. (D&C 132:63) The reason that seems most relevant to me is as a means of trial for a group of people who were incredibly close to God, but needed to have a sacrifice required at their hands. (yes, it is quite an interesting thought) "...for I did it, saith the Lord, to prove you all, as I did Abraham..." (D&C 132:51) Joseph Smith explained it better than I am capable: "Beloved Brethren we say unto you that inasmuch as God hath said that he would have a tried people... we think that this time, he has chosen his own crucible wherein we have been tried, and we think if we get through with any degree of safety and shall have kept the faith that it will be a sign to this generation altogether sufficient to bear them without excuse... it will be a trial of our faith equal to that of Abraham, and that the Ancients will not have, whereof, to boast over us in the day of Judgment, as being called to pass through heavier afflictions, that we may hold an even weight in the balances with them" (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith (2011), 227–37) Know that this was not something the Prophet wanted to do. It was arguably Joseph's greatest plight in fact. This was a trial equal to that of Abraham: as difficult as being asked to sacrifice his own son! Show more Show less