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Hi I'm Matt Jenkins

I grew up in the United States. I am a student at BYU. I am currently serving in the Malaga Spain Mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest of 5 children, but also the tallest in the family at 6'3. My dad was in the military so I have moved many times, 8 to be specific. I love to wakeboard, play basketball, and perform in musicals and plays. I enjoy playing the guitar and the piano and my favorite Sunday activity is singing with my siblings. I am a student at BYU where I hope to study finance; however, I have decided to take a two year break in order to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have been in 6 musicals, including Hairspray where I got to play my dream role of Link Larkin. I was involved in track in high school as a high jumper and a 400m runner. My favorite high school organization was DECA where i was able to compete and make my way to international competition, placing 17th in Automotive Service Marketing. I love to play ping pong with my friends and recently have picked up a love for foosball too. I was a competitive dancer for 8 years, performing in all styles from ballet and jazz, to tap and hip hop. I love spending time with others and will enjoy my time serving a mission for this church.

Why I am a Mormon

It may seem like because I was born into the church, I have always believed everything without question and have never had a true conversion; however, that is not the case. The decision to serve a mission requires full confidence in this church and in its teachings which is what I have developed over time. First of all, I have read the Book of Mormon and I am sure without a shadow of a doubt that it is the word of God. It is an inspired book which helps us better understand the nature of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and also validates Joseph Smith as a prophet of God. I also have a testimony that this church is the only church with the authority to act in the name of God and perform sacred ordinances, namely the Holy Priesthood. This priesthood authority is what gives me the confidence to serve a mission, to walk the streets of an unknown land without fear, because I know that if I am worthy I can exercise God's power in his name. Most of all, I love the emphasis that this church places on the family. I love my family so much and I know that the reason i find such strength in my family is because my parents have established my home on the teachings of this church and on the teachings of Jesus Christ. Because of what we believe and the promises that I have made with God, I know that I can be with my family forever, regardless of death in this life. That knowledge gives me comfort because I love them and I want to live with them for eternity. I know that I am a child of God, and that He is my literal father. Knowing that He is my father helps me understand just how much He loves and cares about me, just as He loves and cares about all of His children. I know that this church is true, and I have come upon this knowledge through study, prayer, and by a witness of the Holy Ghost. It is for this reason that I desire to share and spread the happiness that this gospel brings with everyone who I meet and with those whom I will meet in Spain.

How I live my faith

At this time, I am serving a 2-year mission for the Mormon Church in Malaga Spain. That means for the next 2 years, I will be walking the streets of Spain wearing a white shirt, tie, and black name tag teaching others about what we as members of this church believe and how the teachings of this gospel can help their lives. Missionary service is not required of all mormons, and it is an honor to be selected as one who is worthy to serve God and this church in this capacity. It requires waking up early, following a strict and planned schedule, extending outside of your comfort zone to approach others in a language you may be unfamiliar with in an area you are also unfamiliar with, and to cook and clean an apartment without your mom. That may seem like a lot to ask from 18 year old boys, but that is the reason young men come back from a mission as men who are ready to face the world, start a family, and serve the church in other ways. I am thrilled to be called to serve and I am ready to face all of the challenges and rewards that missionary service offers.