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Hi I'm Matt Brown

I was raised in Massachusetts. I play guitar. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Boston, Massachusetts but I was raised in a small town in Suffolk county (also in MA). My family and I moved out to Idaho when I was a freshman in highschool. In MA seemingly everyone plays piano and no one plays guitar, so I wanted to learn guitar to be a little different. In Idaho, it is just the opposite. Right now I am about to go on my mission, I only have about a month and a half before I go. I'm really excited to be able to spread the Gospel and serve others, and in doing so, serve the Lord.

Why I am a Mormon

I didn't become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints until some time after my family and I moved to Idaho. While going to school, I noticed that many people that I interacted with had some qualities about them that I could not explain but I knew that I wanted to have those qualities. Many of my friends, and even a handful of my teachers exhibited this as well. I was speaking with one of these friends in guitar class when we started to talk about religion. He is a Mormon so I asked him questions about the faith, mainly to clear up the many misconceptions that surround it. What he explained made sense to me and parts of it went along with what I had believe to be right (previously I had been uninterested in religion). That winter, I received a phone call from the ward inviting me to go sledding with them up in the mountains. There isn't very much snow in this part of Idaho so I wanted to go just because of that. I had missed sledding since moving out here. They had decided to make their own snow shoes for the trip as well. That took much longer than what was planned, and in the end we didn't really use them but it allowed me to meet the other kids and get to know them a little bit. In the interest of space, I am going to shorten this up. After that I started going to their activities, a few months later to church. A few months into my going to church and activities, I felt a warm, generally good feeling about what I had been doing, and I decided to be baptized. This feeling was the Holy Spirit prompting me to make that first step. This Spirit is the reason why I have stayed in the LDS church. I know for a fact that this is His church because of the manifestations of the Spirit that I have felt throughout my short life. The joy and happiness that it has brought into my life, and the life of those around me, is inexplicable.

How I live my faith

In my ward, the people I go to church with each Sunday, I am a ward missionary. This means that it is my job to go out with the full-time missionaries whenever I can and assist them with teaching. It is great practice for when I will be a missionary myself. There are so many lovely people in my and the surrounding neighborhoods. It is a great joy to be able to go teach them, and also to serve them. For example, a deaf woman moved into our ward not too long ago. Myself, a handle of adults, and other kids my age (16-18) went to her home and pulled all the weeds in her backward. She didn't have sprinklers so the weeds were everywhere. When we were done, the pile was almost as high as her fence! We then loaded them up in a trailer and hauled them off for her. It was such a rewarding experience to be able to do something like that for her. The joy that we brought her, and others, by doing projects such as this is something to behold.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Matt Brown
Performing baptisms for the dead may seem a little strange at first (At least it did for me; I am a convert). However, once I learned more about the subject it made perfect sense to me. God has always required His people to enter convenants (kind of like promises, but more binding than that) by being baptized. In order to be baptized, you must have a physical body to do it with. The dead no longer have their body, they are only a spirit until they are resurrected. So how would those who have died without a knowledge of God be able to enter into His kingdom? Without baptisms for the dead, they can not. When baptisms for the dead are performed, one person acts as a proxy for the deceased and the ceremony is performed in the deceased's name. The deceased then has the choice to either accept the baptism or not. It is not forced upon them. Show more Show less