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Hi I'm Matt Johnson

I'm a Michigander (The few. The proud. The Michigan Mormons). I love to smile and serve others, in that order. And I'm a Mormon!

About Me

Hello! I am the oldest of four kids and am one of the three boys. I have a chocolate lab named Choco who is the final member of our family of seven. I have enjoyed the Scouting program while growing up, and recommend it to any young man who wants to learn the habits of service. I became and Eagle Scout at the age of thirteen after building a "Charity House" for my project. A Charity House is a place you can donate your bottles and cans to benefit a specific charity of the month. I have been called to serve in the Malaga, Spain Mission and will be in southern Spain until late summer in 2016. After returning from my mission, I will be attending BYU Provo with the intensions of majoring in Accounting to eventually become a Certified Public Accountant (like my old man). I am a drummer who enjoys the music of many different genres. If you are in church and you hear a voice that is a little off pitch but seems to be trying really hard, that is most likely me. I sadly did not inherit my mother's angel-like vocal chords. Soccer is a passion of mine (Germany vs. Argentina 2014 World Cup Final Match is today...) and I have enjoyed kicking a ball around since I was a little guy. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has always been a part of my life, but my full conversion did not happen until the beginning of High School.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Mormon church. At a young age, I would attend meetings with my family and partake of the sacrament in sacrament meeting. I was baptized at the age of eight and was given the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, but it wasn't until my freshman year in high school that I fully became a member of the Church. I had always went through the motions, yet never fully understood the significance and importance of our church. I had a testimony, but it wasn't fully my own. I didn't have the drive to use daily scripture study to strengthen my relationship with my Heavenly Father or the actuality of treating every prayer like a face-to-face conversation with God. I didn't understand that He hears every one of us and knows us each personaly and entirely. During my freshman year of high school, I realized entirely without a doubt that God is our Father in Heaven, and we are His children on this earth today. I came upon this knowledge through the same way Joseph Smith did. James 1:5 says, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God". Now, the answer to my prayer did not come right away with God coming down and telling me, but the answer came. Slowly, but surely, over time as I continued to pray and study, my answer came. The gospel is honestly the key to happiness. Not only is it the true and restored gospel of Christ, but it is basically a step by step process of how to get the most joy out of our time on earth. The principles taught by the church produce good people, and by living these values, you too can learn that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is where we need to be. I know without a doubt in my heart that this time on earth is a preparatory period for what is to come in the life after this. God is our loving Heavenly Father who knows and cares about every one of us. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is not only where I need to be, but also where you too will find joy and happiness.

How I live my faith

I stay involved with the constant service activities of the church and local service clubs. I live each day with the mentality that we need to be examples to those around us. Once I came to the knowledge that this is the true church of Christ, I knew that I no longer could sit and do nothing while I see others who are obviously missing something in their lives. The Church brings happiness to all of those who partake in its doctrine, and I want others to have that same happiness that I feel every day! I was one of the three or four Latter-Day Saints in my high school (depending on the year) and was constantly being approached and asked questions. It is easy to use answering questions as a tool to inform others of the church and our beliefs. I study the Bible and the Book of Mormon every day in my independant study and also studied on school day mornings in our seminary class. Studying is much more effective than just flipping through the pages. I prepare myself with the knowledge others seek so I can be ready to answer problems and questions both accurately and completely. Living the gospel is not a "three hours of your Sunday" commitment, but is a lifetime commitment. I once heard the quote, "It is easier to obey God's commandments 100% than it is to obey them 99% of the time." Yes, we are not perfect. We are all human and will all make mistakes in our life. But if we have the mentality that we will always obey the commandments of our Father in heaven and do our very best every day to keep that commitment, it will be easier to obey than someone who always plays with the ideas of temptation and SOMETIMES give in. Make the right decision before you get into the situation that calls for an answer. If you want to remain clean, make that decision before the temptations of the world begin to pressure you.