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Hi I'm Matthew

I'm from Toronto, Canada. I am a University Student. I'm currently serving a full time mission in D.C. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

So I'm eighteen, and I'm still as curious as can be. I love to learn new things, be it cultures, languages, sciences, and especially the gospel. I am a Psychology Major with a minor in Biology. I play piano and I played Trombone/Bass Trombone for four years. I love dancing and music is definitely one of my passions. When its World Cup season, my passion for futbol shines through. I'm currently serving a full time mission for the next 2 years.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in to the church and as a child I followed what I knew. However a friend of mine told me once that 'though [he] is a member, [his] conversion process to the gospel must be lifelong.' This statement has often returned to me in life, reminding me that I must be actively shaping my faith. In the times of my great trials, it was my faith in Christ that gave me the answers to my prayers and peace in my heart. Even when I haven't been receptive to the answers that I was given, they came nonetheless. A particular scripture comes to mind that summarizes my testimony of my faith "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; For I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the hand of my righteousness" -Isaiah 41:10 I have seen the hand of God in my life, and in the lives of my family members, even when the path we take in life is dark, gloomy, and confusing. The gospel of Christ has given me a guide to follow, and the Spirit has shown me the proof of the gospel's good influence. The Book of Mormon has strengthened my testimony, and I know that God does not leave us alone. We may have our trials, our fears, our problems and inadequacies and feel that it wasn't our choice to experience them, but I can personally declare that through faith, none of those things is impossible to overcome.

How I live my faith

My faith is constantly growing by the way I live. Serving others through simple actions, such as holding a door, giving people a smile and helping to lighten someone's loads is a great place to start, but it's not enough. I have always had the desire to help others, and that has driven me to do many things. When someone needs directions on the street, I'm there directing them. When there's furniture to be moved, I will do it, no questions asked. When someone needs a shoulder to cry on, I'm there to help them pick up the pieces and get back up. When other people are happy, that makes my day brighter, because everyone was meant to be happy in life. If I can help others feel that our Heavenly Father loves and cares about them, even in the midst of their trials, I will do it. Christ tells us we must love our neighbour as ourselves, and since it becomes clear that all people are our neighbours, I must do my very best to love all people. If I were in their shoes, wouldn't I want someone there to help me? At the end of the day, when I help others feel Christ's compassion and love through service, I expect nothing, because seeing their joy and love is the greatest reward in my heart