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Hi I'm Matt

I'm Mormon from a family of six. When i was 17 my brother died and through those tough experiences it has strengthened my faith.

About Me

I'm a 21 years old and the youngest of 4 siblings. A few things I like to do is ride bikes in the mountains and for some reason i go faster up hill then down hill. Around my senior year of high school I stopped playing video games all together, they just don't capture my attention like they used to. I draw pictures in my spare time such as wolves being my favorites and a few landscapes in oil pastels. Some day I will attempt to draw people. I also like working on my truck or repairing it. Along with that I've helped a few friends replace their engines or other things, I enjoy helping them out. I've also enjoyed doing a few remodeling projects around the house which my dad let me design my bath room. Right now I'm studying at college to become an electrical engineer! I still have a long ways to go because it's my first year but it seems to be the career that i'd enjoy. I've built my own computer and when all the parts got to my house my dad was like, "I sure hope you know what you're doing." I have classes in computer programming which is hard and feels like another language but I like the challenge it brings. Recently I purchased a micro controller called an arduino (you should check it out if you like electronics) its a small computer that you can program and make cool projects that can do anything the imagination permits! Last of all i served a LDS mission in South America, the hardest but best two years of my life!

Why I am a Mormon

Well i had to find my testimony like anybody else. it's hard and fragile but if worked on day to day it is possible to find it. I think one of the great changing point in my life was almost 5 years ago, when my brother died at the age of 24. That was hard because he was my best friend, and at the time I didn't have many friends nor go on dates, so that got me thinking in how much do I really believe in the gospel and the Resurrection. I find comfort in the testimonies of the ancient and modern apostles that they are witnesses of his resurrection, and as Christ lives all shall be made alive. Saying goodbye is only temporary, but eternal families are forever! the hardest part is waiting for that day, it's like putting a marshmallow in front of a kid and telling him he must wait till tomorrow to eat it. waiting is hard or waiting for answers to our prayers but we must have faith hope and charity. One underlying thing keeps me afloat and that's the gospel, it's always been there to answer and comfort me by the means of the Holy Ghost. There are only two possible true churches. Either the church continued to exist since Christ was here nearly 2,000 years ago. Making all other churches after it just a spin off of the truth. If God had only one true church he wouldn't later set up other churches with conflicting ideas. Or the other option is that the early church was persecuted and fell into a great apostasy. Causing many churches to branch off from the bits and pieces left over. Then when the time was right the truth was restored in the fullness. "The fundamental principles of our religion is the testimony of the apostles and prophets concerning Jesus Christ, ‘that he died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended up into heaven;’ and all other things are only appendages to these." these talks helped lds.org/media-library/video/2014-00-0010-what-is-the-blueprint-of-christs-church?lang=eng lds.org/general-conference/2008/04/my-words-never-cease?lang=eng

How I live my faith

In my community or "ward" we do a thing called home teaching, which is when two members go out and visit other members or non-members to share a message about the gospel. That's one of the many things I love to do, visiting with people and finding ways to help them. Right now I have a calling of a substitute teach, this calling is voluntary, and like all offices/callings/positions in the church it's unpaid. I usually teach kids but if the adult Sunday school teacher needs my i can teach adults even though they are double, triple my age which is a humbling experience. I served a 2 year mission in South America. For those who are unfamiliar with a LDS mission, its a voluntary act and once again is unpaid. (to pay for it i fixed the motor on a truck that i bought cheap and sold it to pay for half and my parents paid the other half) I spoke Spanish which I spent six weeks in mexico to learn it at a training center there, because I couldn't speak it before. we are dedicated for those two years and spend it only doing service and preaching the gospel. One thing that really stood out to me was the impact that I could have on others, and to change their lives, to help them live the Gospel and get a better understand of the atonement of Jesus Christ (His suffering on the cross, His death and His resurrection) Being dedicated for two years has helped me draw closer to Him and see/understand how He works in our lives. I always heard stories of miracles and I thought they'd never happen to me, but they did and it forever changed my life. Daily life as a Mormon is this; 6 days a week we have a normal life just like any average person although we pray often everyday and do person scripture study or with the family. The seventh day is a day we set apart to take the sacrament and learn even more about the everlasting gospel. It's a day that we shouldn't work and should spend more time with family.