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Hi I'm Matt Duffield

I am a Mechanical Engineering and MBA graduate student. I love backpacking, canoeing, folk music, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

When I was a kid summers were all about the outdoors. Camping, hiking, canoeing, bird watching, scouting, gardening, and working in the yard as a family made for great farmer’s tans and chances to learn. The winters were focused on school, band, choir, and praying for snow days. Now as a graduate student, I continue to love exploring the outdoors, studying mechanical engineering, and singing out loud on my way to and from campus.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a result, I had a lot of opportunities to learn the teachings of Christ and His modern day prophets. However, for me, deciding that I wanted to live according to those doctrines was a personal choice. My parents and youth leaders could support me, but developing a testimony of the gospel was my responsibility. My testimony came piece by piece. As I prayed over several months, I received a spiritual confirmation through the Holy Ghost that Joseph Smith (the first modern day prophet) was truly called of God. Along with that testimony came a spiritual witness that Jesus Christ is the Savior. As I read, prayed about, and taught others of the Book of Mormon, I came to know through the Holy Ghost that it is a true book. My testimony of Christ and his Restored Gospel grows constantly. With each prompting from the Holy Ghost, each time I see the hand of God in my life, each prayer, each reading from the scriptures, I gain a deeper testimony of God’s love for me. Each time I make a mistake and turn to Christ in repentance, I strengthen my conviction of Christ’s infinite, yet personal, atonement. As I listen to the counsel of our living prophet, I am blessed by the security that comes through following God’s counsel through his prophet. All of my experiences have led me to be able to say that I know that Jesus Christ lives! He is our Savior and Redeemer. It is through His atonement that we can be saved. I know that our Heavenly Father loves us, and that he cares about the details of our lives. I know that we have a living prophet today, Thomas S. Monson. And I know that families can be together forever. We can be sealed to our families and live with them in the presence of God after we die. The Book of Mormon is true, and teaches the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ’s church on the earth today.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is one of the greatest blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It takes some effort, and I am far from perfect at it, but it gives me perspective that I wouldn’t have otherwise. I strive to choose uplifting music and movies instead of those that are violent, dark, or would make me feel angry or lonely. As I pray and read from the Book of Mormon and Bible every day, I am reminded that I am a loved child of God. As I try to follow the direction of my Heavenly Father through the Holy Ghost, I feel the comfort and love that come through His guidance. And as I work to view and treat other people in the way that Christ would view and treat them, I develop a greater love for those around me. Ultimately living my faith and obeying Christ’s teachings brings me peace, joy, and helps me to feel the love that Heavenly Father has for me. In my local congregation, or ward, I plan activities. Everything from summer BBQs to formal winter dances to collecting hygiene kits for a homeless shelter - if it’s fun, wholesome, and can bring people together, we plan it. As much as I love group activities, for me participating in the community is all about one on one relationships. I always appreciate it when people take a minute to say “Hi”, ask how I am doing, or even just smile. As a result I try to do the same. Holding doors, late night chats with friends who want to talk, or just a friendly hello, I believe, has a powerful impact. Living my faith, planning activities, and reaching out to people can take effort, but it is what brings the blessings and joy of following Christ into my everyday life.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Matt Duffield
Mormon lifestyle is simply a foundation of principles and faith. We all have our own schedule, activities, and preferences. We do the things that we do in an effort to follow Jesus Christ's example and teachings. As we follow Christ's teachings we find happiness. For this reason we take time to pray to Heavenly Father, study the Book of Mormon and Bible, and attend church meetings. These things help us to learn about and grow closer to Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ. Also in our efforts to follow Christ, we look for opportunities to serve in the community, strengthen our family, and share our faith with others. Mormon lifestyle isn't about being perfect. It is all about trying to do our best to follow Christ. Show more Show less