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Hi I'm Matthew

I love the outdoors. I am currently serving a church mission in South Africa. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently serving a two year full-time mission in South Africa and I have loved every minute of it! My experiences here have shown me that people are genuine and we all come from the same home in heaven. I moved around a bit back home; Utah, California, Alabama, Texas, and back to California. Music and sports occupied most of my time and they have also taught me many valuable lessons/traits. I picked up playing the drums as a hobby in my spare time. I'm not the greatest, but I feel 'out of this world' behind a set of drums. I am the youngest of five children and have amazing parents.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents both grew up as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I was baptized at age 8, the same process as all of my siblings. We went to church every Sunday, always strove to keep the commandments that we were taught, and always believed in the Book of Mormon. However, that does not mean I did not make my own decision to follow Christ. In my ancestral line, I have a man named George Darling Watt. He met Mormon missionaries in 1837 and was the first convert to this church in the British Isles. I am in deep gratitude because of his decision for it was not a feeble choice he made. I am sure he thought about the legacy he would leave through his blood line. I am confident that he prayed to know the truth, for his posterity was dependant on his decision. Ultimately, he received an answer from God that the Book of Mormon is true, Joseph Smith was God's chosen prophet, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is God's kingdom upon the earth. Personally, I was not always so enthusiastic about church, the scriptures, or the gospel. In the past, I decided to pick and choose certain commandments that fit into my life and I left the other counsel because of pride. I thought I was happy but what I found was stress, anger, and contention coming into my life as I continued in this worldly path. Thankfully, my parents, close family members, and loving friends helped and taught me how to truly build a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father. Knowledge of the plan of salvation has brought a heart felt conversion that every decision I make is important and I control my own happiness. As a humble yet sure witness, I know that I have found Christ's true church. I have felt the Spirit of God as a powerful guide in my life. I have taken upon myself the name of Jesus Christ and rejoice daily that I am a child of our Heavenly Father. I know from the Holy Spirit that this is the true and only path back to our Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

Growing up, I was always involved in weekly youth activities that helped me build strong friendships based on gospel principles. I moved around quite a bit because of my father's profession, so I learned how to rely on the principles I was taught at church. I always tried to be moderate in my speech, actions, and behavior around friends which led me to meet people with uplifting characteristics. In college, I served as the executive secretary to the bishop (local pastor). For over ten hours each week, I was by his side learning how the church works and the 'behind-the-scenes' aspect of administering. Currently, I live and share my faith at all times due to my full time missionary commitment. I love speaking to everyone about the love, peace, and humility I feel from God.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

I am a very logical person; in many aspects of my life, I need to know the why and how of what I will do or else I will not engage myself in that activity. A testimony is a knowledge of eternal truths that come from God. This knowledge does not come by persuasive language but through the Holy Spirit. Referencing the Holy Bible, "...no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost" (1 Cor. 12:3). The Holy Ghost is our Heavenly Father's teacher (Moroni 10:5), witness (Alma 5:46), and comforter (John 14:26). He uses feelings, emotions, whisperings, thoughts, and other signs that God designs specifically for each of us. The testimony that I have comes from God and it is a part of the guideposts to my life. I am never ashamed to share my testimony because I know that the gospel is universal and the Holy Spirit can show the truth of it to every one of God's children. I know that God lives. I know He is our eternal Father and we are His divine children. His Son is Jesus Christ, who is my personal Savior and the Redeemer of the world. I know that while on earth, Jesus Christ established His church, taught the truths of eternity, and performed the Atonement. His church was lost, but it was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. Through the power of God, the Book of Mormon was brought forth for these latter days. The Book of Mormon is true and has taught me how to have happiness in this life and in the world to come. I know that the path it teaches will lead to God. Show more Show less