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Hi I'm Matt Widney

I am an outdoorsman, a male cheerleader, and an Eagle Scout. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like the outdoors! Sports, climbing, and adventuring are all things I love to do. I went to Hawaii for two years for school, and decided I wanted to serve a mission. I am currently preparing to serve a Spanish speaking mission in Florida. I have had many wonderful experiences throughout my life from playing many different sports, earning the rank Eagle Scout in the BSA, participating in the Cheerleading World's Competition in Florida, and much more - but more recently I have worked at a fishing company in Alaska over the summer of 2014 and that is where I received a foundation of faith to develop my testimony in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family who actively participated in the LDS faith - but when things in my family took a turn in my mid teens, a pivotal time for the growth of personal testimony and conversion, I turned away. After three years of inactivity, having finished a year of college education, I sought after a work opportunity in Alaska to stay busy over the summer. I voluntarily chose to reside in a tent for the duration of that summer, and any time that I was not working, I was hiking and exploring in the beautiful mountains surrounding us. One night while charging my electronics in the employee facilities, two smiling young men approached me - not set apart missionaries, but two inspired members of the Lord's church - to ask me if I was a Mormon. This was not the first time something of this nature had happened, perhaps the Lord was trying to communicate with me through His servants - these brothers. After talking for a few days they invited me to a YSA activity taking place only 5 miles away at the only church building within 100 miles of us! It was this night, a night filled with love, laughter, and the spirit, that my spark of a testimony desired to grow larger. On the way out the door to go back to my tent, I saw a Book of Mormon perched on a book shelf inviting me to take it to read! I began taking the Book of Mormon with me on my hikes to read at my final destination; I began reading every opportunity I had. I am a Mormon because two inspired young men followed the prompting to talk to me. I am a Mormon because I know the Book of Mormon is true, and I have tasted of the fruit described in 1 Nephi 8. I am a Mormon because I know that Heavenly Father loves me and has prepared me sufficiently to recognize the many fruits of the spirit described in Galatians 5:22. I am a Mormon because I have a sure testimony that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is indeed the church Christ established and restored through the prophet Joseph Smith.

How I live my faith

While living in Hawaii I participated in many island-wide land restoration and preservation service projects. After moving home to prepare for my mission, I realized I would have to find my own way to serve others closer to home - within my first two months home I re-landscaped several of my elderly neighbor's homes and had opportunities to discuss the gospel through my service to them! I have found that my unofficial calling before serving a mission is to love and serve the people I have in my life right now to make the biggest difference wherever I am! I live my faith day by day by counseling with Heavenly Father in prayer to know what errands He needs me to run each day.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Matt Widney
The Bible is universally accepted among Christian faiths as the word of God - so then what is different about the Book of Mormon? The Book of Mormon is the most powerful resource available to anyone to develop a deeper and more secure testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The ultimate goal in reading any book of scripture is to strengthen your relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon doesn't have any other objective than to do exactly that. My testimony grew as I put faith in Jesus Christ's invitation to "feast” upon His words (The Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 32:3) and then pray to know if it was true for myself (see The Book of Mormon, Moroni 10: 3-5)- I did exactly that for the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and other scriptures and came to my own understanding that prophets in every land of every dispensation (period of time when the fullness of the gospel was on the earth) recorded their experiences and revelations pertaining to God's commands and desires for His children. Show more Show less