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Hi I'm Matt

I live in Utah. I am studying Computer Science. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love playing games and watching movies with my family. I enjoy spending time with friends. I love to work with computers. I develop websites and I work with robots. I am currently a mentor for a local robotics club that creates 6' 6" tall robots. I love the feeling I get when I work on a new project and everything starts working. I really enjoy teaching others about robots and computers. As a mentor for the club I get to help high school students learn and grow and develop new skills. It is so fun to see students who, on the first day have no clue what they're doing become confident and have the capability to help others learn and grow. I've done website building professionally. It's an interesting field since it's always changing. There's never a moment that you don't have something to do, and so it keeps me on my toes. I enjoy building a website from scratch, and then watching it transform into something better than I first imagined.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the peace and the Spirit I feel. I believe it is God's way of telling me that this is right and that this is where I should be. I have felt a great peace come into my life, especially during and after many great challenges and trials that I have experienced. I have come to know more of what the Atonement of Christ means. The word "atonement" is often broken into the sections "at-one-ment", or "to make at one". The Atonement of Christ makes us one with Christ, not just after this life but during this life. Christ strengthens us during this life, and I have felt His strength and help during many of the toughest moments of my life. I could not be where I am to day without Him. I have seen this Gospel bless my family. It is so wonderful to see the light and knowledge that they have, and the strength and peace they have felt even in times of trial or heartache. It is a wonderful knowledge to know that because of what Christ did and the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Atonement can be in full effect in my life and I can be with my family again. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the peace and joy that it brings into my life.

How I live my faith

I study my scriptures daily and I pray daily. When I study, I try to relate and apply what I learn in the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon to my own life. When I pray, I take it as time to communicate with God. He has answered my prayers many times, and when I pray I know that He will answer my prayers. I love reading other books that talk about the scriptures and about Jesus Christ. When I learn about Our Savior, I feel a peace come into my life and I become excited to share the message of Him with others. My learning about Him has greatly blessed my life. I have returned from a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. On my mission, I had the opportunity to serve others and help them come closer to the Savior. It is amazing to watch people transform from having little hope for the future to having a hope in Christ. I loved serving as a missionary. It was probably the hardest thing I have done in my life, but it was the most rewarding. I love talking with people from other faiths about Christ. It feels so good to talk about our Savior with anybody and everybody. For me, I truly believe that Christ wants us to love everyone around us, and one way to show that love is to have a conversation about Him with others, and have everybody leave that conversation edified and uplifted. It's great when people with different opinions and beliefs can be united. That truly shows Christlike love and charity. I remember the story when Christ teaches the Samaritan woman, a woman who belonged of a different faith that was abhorred by the Jews at that time. Yet Christ reached out to her and her people. That is something I believe we should all do.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Matt
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. It testifies that Jesus is the Christ and the Savior and Redeemer of the world. It is a second witness of Jesus Christ. As a door needs multiple hinges to swing smoothly, or as a court needs multiple pieces of evidence to make a verdict, so too does truth need multiple witnesses. The truth of the Savior's life and mission is witnessed in the Old World in the Bible, and that witnessed is strengthened by the testament of the New World found in The Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon testifies of Christ, it supports the Bible and asserts its truthfulness, it testifies of the divine mission of the Savior, or the truthfulness of the miracles that He performed, and it teaches of the Atonement of Christ and why mankind needed a Savior after the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The Book of Mormon is true, and it testifies of Jesus Christ. It asserts that He is Our Savior and Our King. Jesus Christ is the Lord of Lords and the Prince of Peace as the scriptures testify, He is the Lamb of God, the Only Begotten of the Father in the flesh. The Book of Mormon stands as a witness of Him and the divinity of His life and mission. I invite all to read it, to study it, to ponder its message and then to sincerely pray about it. Those who do so will feel the power of the Holy Ghost in their lives, and the light of the Book of Mormon will enter their lives like the dew from heaven. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Matt
We do not worship Joseph Smith. We worship God our Eternal Father and Jesus Christ our Savior. God is our Father, the Creator of our Spirits. We only worship Him. We respect Joseph Smith and the sacrifices that he made for the truth. But we do not worship him. We worship God the Father, and the risen Lord Jesus Christ. It is only through Christ that we can receive eternal life. Joseph Smith was only an instrument in God's hand, just as a saw is an instrument in the hands of the carpenter. Christ is the Master Carpenter, He is the Beginning and the End. "We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophecy of Christ and we write according to our prophecies that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins" (2 Nephi 25:26, The Book of Mormon). Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Matt
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the ennobling power that can influence our lives so that we can return to God and become Christlike. It is often likened to a loan we take out that we are never able to pay back. Often times, that debt is caused by sin, and it is a debt that is impossible for us to pay back. No matter how hard we try, no matter how hard we want to, we are unable to undo the consequences of our sin, and we are unable to take back that action. Justice then demands that we are to 1) be cast out forever from God's presence and 2) we must suffer for our sins. This law of justice must be fulfilled, there is no escape from that. What Christ did is He, a perfect being who never became indebted to justice, stepped between us and Justice and said "I will pay the price of their sins, I will pay the full price of Justice, as long as they repent". If we repent, mercy is then applied to us. If we do not repent, we are subject to the full weight of Justice. Through repentance, we become transformed. Our hearts are changed and we become more Christlike. Christ's Atonement doesn't just forgive sins, but it enables us to change. Such power from the Atonement comes from keeping all of God's commandments and receiving sacred ordinances. These ordinances include, but are not limited to, baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. As we follow the path and pattern that Christ established, we become more like Him and we are forgiven by Him. Show more Show less