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Hi I'm Matt

I'm a competitive swimmer, eagle scout, and future pilot. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm going to graduate from high school on June 2nd 2016! I love to be out doors whether it's shooting hoops, camping, or climbing trees. I'm leaving to serve a mission for the church on July 13 in Bogota Colombia. After returning I would like to go to college and join the military.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Ladder Day Saints because I know I need to make promises with Heavenly Father that can only be possible through the priesthood that has been restored on the earth today. If I live up to my end of those promises, Heavenly Father grants all the blessings that lead to happiness and eternal progression in the next life. That is what I want, to be happy with my family forever, and that is made possible through Jesus Christ and his Atonement. The Atonement is when Jesus suffered for our sins. He was the only one that could do it because he lived a sinless life, so he could take upon him sins of others. He took the suffering from your sins and pains, and if we are baptized, continue to repent, and endure to the end, Jesus will help us get back into our Heavenly Father's presence.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is something that brings immense happiness to me. I do my best to be an example to my sibling and friends, and show respect to my parents. Being an example can be as simple as: using appropriate language, helping someone in need, or doing something even when you aren't asked. When I make the right choices, even when life's problems pop up, I can feel at peace and know if I continue to trust in Christ, I will be blessed. Following what the Prophet, Apostles, and other church leaders say, is really important to me because I know they are telling me what Heavenly Father told them to say. I love Heavenly Father and want to return to Him.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Matt
A testimony is your personal belief about Jesus Christ and his church. A great thing about testimony is that all are different, though they are based on the same true principles. Testimonies can be gained in many ways, but most often they are built upon by personal revelation through the Holy Ghost. It's important to know that testimonies are not gained on all at once. They start small and as you have more expedience and faith, it will grow. They can be nourished through attending church, listening to your leaders, praying, attending the temple, serving others, and much more. Satan is always trying to wear us down because he doesn't want us to be happy or peaceful. Therefore in order to keep your testimony you need to continually work at it. My bishop shares this analogy. "Having a testimony is like paddling a canoe up river. If you stop paddling you will stop progressing. Not only that, but you will digress (Float back down the river.) Sometimes you will get caught in an eddy and you will be stuck. You will have to paddle really hard to get back out, but with Christ's help it will be possible. Keep working, endure to the end, and trust in the Christ's time table because things don't always happen when we want them to." Having a testimony fills me with happiness and makes me a better person. Strive to build on your own testimony, and don't be afraid to ask questions. Most important, remember Heavenly Father and Jesus Christian love you, and want to help.:) Show more Show less