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Hi I'm Matthew Leo Mogensen

I'm Serving a Mission in the Denmark Copenhagen Mission

About Me

I grew up on a farm on a tiny Island called Bornholm. It is a small island off the coast of Sweden, amazingly it still belongs to Denmark. My parents always taught me the blessings of hard work, and growing up on a family farm was the perfect learning experience. My family are in the egg business. When my parents were newly weds my dad bought some eggs from the store, and was disgusted at the quality of the eggs. They decided to get a few hens, which resulted in 1000 hens. That was a bit much for my parents to handle so they started selling to a bakery, which resulted in my family not having enough eggs. Then my parents ordered more hens, which resulted in too many eggs, and thus the cycle started. Today my family run a business with 25,000 egg-laying hens, and produce most of the eggs used on Bornholm. I really liked growing up and taking care of the farm, there was always something to do and there was always something that could be improved. I wanted though to have a better education than my father had and saw an opportunity for me to go to high school in America. My grandparents were living in Idaho at the time, and I moved temporarily in to go to school. Madison High was my school and I loved it, it was a great opportunity for me to learn many new things and to see a completely different culture. I really love working with machinery at my parents farm, and my wish is to go to college at Utah State and get an engineering degree. I am Serving the Lord In The Denmark Mission

Why I am a Mormon

I have often asked myself, "Why am I a Mormon?" "Is this really something that I believe in?" Especially later in my life I have had these questions. I was born as a Mormon, to Mormon parents that taught me all about this church. I think though that everyone in some point in time will have to get a confirmation of the truth of these things themselves. I did not read much. Actually I hate reading. A LOT, but I had decided I wanted to go on a mission. I think this decision was just made to make my parents happy and my fellow Mormons happy. I did not have a very strong testimony at this time that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints was Gods true church on earth today. I decided to read the Book of Mormon to know if it actually was true, because if I was going on a mission, I could not testify of a book which I had not even read. So the journey began, and I started reading. It went very slow and it took a long time, but I finally finished it. The answer did not come when I completed the book. It came while I was reading the book. The feelings that I felt while reading were feelings of comfort and reassurance that I was on the right path and that all my parents and Church leaders had taught me was true. I am so blessed. I am so thankful that I know Jesus Christ is my savior, and that he personally atoned for my sins, griefs, and pain. I know that God loves all his children here on earth, and his greatest wish is for them to live with him again. I know that my family can be together forever, I love my family and heaven would not be heaven for me if my family wasn't there with me. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that through him Christs Church was restored to the earth. I know that the Book of Mormon was written to us and for us, and truly brings us closer to Christ.That is why I'm on a mission, because I have felt the blessings of this Gospel in my life and I wish to share it with everyone, so they can be blessed as I have been blessed.

How I live my faith

I am a member of a tiny branch of the church on Bornholm. We are about nineteen active members, of which my family are eight. While studying in Idaho I was a member of a much larger congregation, over a hundred members. On Bornholm before leaving on my mission I was a primary teacher for my sister and another. I really liked this calling because, I had the opportunity to teach principles and truths in simpler ways. In doing so I believe that my faith was strengthened, and I understood the principles and teachings more fully.