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Hi I'm Matthew D. Richards

I love to play basketball. I also love to woodwork like the master carpenter. I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ.

About Me

I'm the youngest of six, and I'm not spoiled, or at least I think I'm not. I am currently serving a mission in Boise, Idaho. As I said before, I love to woodwork, my favorite wood is cherry, and I have made a nightstand, bureau, and desk, as well as many other minor projects. I also love to play basketball, especially with my good friends.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and raised me in the church. They were kind enough to teach me, but ultimately they gave me a choice to decide for myself. As I continued in the gospel path, my knowledge of the truthfulness of the gospel grew and grew. I now know that the Church of Jesus Christ is Christ's church on the earth. The Book of Mormon is the word of God, and Jesus, which the Book of Mormon testifies, is the Redeemer of the world. I have come to the decision that I am a member of the church because I know this church is true. I am a member because I know that this is what Christ wants me to do, and I want to follow Christ. "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent." John 17:3. This is life eternal and through Christ we can come to the presence of God once again.

How I live my faith

I am serving as a missionary. Missionary's lives are fully focused on helping others come unto Christ. I serve, teach, invite, and do everything I can to represent the Lord. I love being a missionary and find great satisfaction in helping others change their lives.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Matthew D. Richards
We believe that baptism is the gate we must enter on the road to heaven. It is a sacred ordinance (ceremony where covenants or promises are made to God) where one symbolically buries their old life and begins a new life in Christ. Because of its importance, God has set the standards of baptism, and he has also given the authority to people to baptize. This authority is called the priesthood. We believe that this priesthood has again been restored to the earth, and that everyone needs to be baptized by someone holding that priesthood. That is why our new members our baptized, even if they have already been baptized. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Matthew D. Richards
Only some people are allowed into Mormon Temples for the same reason that Jesus cast out the merchandisers in the temple. It is a sacred and holy place. Those who go there should be living their lives in harmony with Jesus Christ's teachings. Nothing secret goes on in the temple. Sacred ordinances (ceremonies where covenants or promises to the Lord are made) are performed here, and only those who are spiritually ready are allowed in. Those who are not spiritually ready to receive the blessings of the Lord's house won't be able to understand the significance of what happens in the temple. That is why the things that happen in the temple are not publicly known. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Matthew D. Richards
The current Prophet of the Church is President Thomas S. Monson. He is assisted in his work by two counselors and the quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who are all also recognized as prophets. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Matthew D. Richards
The purpose of the welfare services of the Church is to fulfill the Savior's command to give to those in need, and to care for the poor and needy. It is not limited to members of the church, but is available to all who are in need. It is intended to help the poor so that eventually they can be independent and give back to those in need. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Matthew D. Richards
The Word of Wisdom is a health code the Lord revealed through the Prophet Joseph Smith. In it we are commanded not to use or partake of tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea, illegal drugs, and other harmful or addictive substances. We are commanded to eat healthily and treat our bodies as the temples of God they are. The Word of Wisdom keeps us both physically and spiritually healthy. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Matthew D. Richards
The Church is opposed to abortion of any kind. The only exceptions are for the health of the mother, rape, or incest. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Matthew D. Richards
The Law of Chastity is this: men and women should not have sexual relations until married and only having sexual relations with spouse after marriage. The Law of Chastity is kept as people keep their words, thoughts, and actions clean. The Law of Chastity is a blessing and protects from many of the problems in today's world. The Law of Chastity brings a host of blessings as well, including: greater love for spouse in children, peace, happiness, companionship of the Holy Ghost, closer relationship with God, and self respect. Show more Show less

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

Matthew D. Richards
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the means by which all men may be clean from sin and return to live with their Heavenly Father. The Atonement is the sufferings and death of our Savior Jesus Christ that happened in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross. Amulek, a person from the Book of Mormon, taught this about the Atonement, "For it is expedient (necessary) that there should be a great and last sacrifice; yea, not a sacrifice of man, neither of beast, neither of any manner of fowl; for it shall not be a human sacrifice; but it must be an infinite and eternal sacrifice...And thus he (Jesus Christ) shall bring salvation to all those who shall believe on his name; this being the intent of this last sacrifice, to bring about the bowels of mercy, which overpowereth justice, and bringeth about means unto men that they may have faith unto repentance." Jesus Christ performed the Atonement for us, because he loves us. To have the Atonement effective in our lives, we need to follow the Savior Jesus Christ by having Faith in Him, repenting of our sins, being baptized, receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and continuing in faithfulness to Jesus Christ. He has promised to those that follow him that he will grant them mercy, grace, and forgiveness, "...though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool" (Isaiah 1:18). Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Matthew D. Richards
We are asked to donate 10% because the Lord has commanded it. In Malachi 3:10, the Lord teaches about tithing, "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it." Tithe means a tenth part given to God. The church uses these funds to build meetinghouses, temples, and pay for the operations of the church. When we pay tithing, it shows that we trust God more than money. Tithing helps us focus on what is most important in life. Show more Show less