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Hi I'm Matthew

Howdy! I'm a paramedic from Houston Texas. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

So. About me. Well, I am a paramedic. I've been a paramedic for the last 3 years or so. I am currently certified for critical care transfers and other stuff. I'm not currently in college, but I plan on getting my degree eventually. Hobbies and interests. Pretty much all I do nowadays is work and church stuff. But I'm a Star Wars fanatic thing, and I have a deep love for Firefly. I have read a lot of books, mostly science fiction novels. So it's fairly accurate to call me a geek or nerd. Also, Jeep is life. I have a 2015 Jeep Wrangler. And stuff.

Why I am a Mormon

Why I am a Mormon. Well, I used to be agnostic. I believed there was something out there, but organized religion never worked for me. I saw too much hypocrisy in other churches, namely larger churches that are run more like businesses as opposed to religious organizations. I used to work for one of those large churches, and they seemed to focus more on the money and how to spend it, as opposed to helping others. I don't see that in this church. My Bishop isn't paid for the hours and hours he spends working at the church. He doesn't have a church issued vehicle. Nobody in my congregation is paid by the church. We are genuinely good people that care about others and follow Christ's word. I have never felt so welcome and invited as when I'm in a Mormon church. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by participating in whatever way I can with my church. Whether it's helping the missionaries with lessons, or performing my own callings, or jobs, I do everything I can to help out. My current callings are Sunday School teacher, Break the Fast committee member, and Sacrament Preparation committee member. So pretty much, I teach a class once a month during our classroom part of our service, and cook for when we fast as a church.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Matthew
Mormon services are very reverent, but inviting. We are always happy to see new people and explain our ways. The service itself is very simple. A couple of hymns, sacrament (communion), and then members of the congregation speak about certain topics so as to teach and bare testimony. We then have classes where we learn about various things, such as principles of the gospel, how to prepare for marriage, family history stuff, and various other classes. And then we have our priesthood and Relief Society meetings, where we learn about our responsibilities and other things. Everybody is welcome to sit in on any class. Again, we are always welcoming. There isn't a strict dress code either. Yes, most men wear suits and women wear dresses, but if your best is a pair of jeans and a polo, that is perfectly acceptable. We do not judge anybody based on appearance. Show more Show less