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Hi I'm Matthew

I love to serve. This October, I will be serving the Lord in the Bolivia, Santa Cruz mission. I am a Mormon!

About Me

I love rocky road ice cream, playing the violin, giving secret acts of kindness to others, and spending time with my family and friends. I am the youngest in my family, and it has been such a blessing to have two older sisters and one older brother to look up to. Upon returning from my mission in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, I can't wait to go to BYU and become a high school music teacher.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know this church is true. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is completely centered around our Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that He loves me so much that He would give His life for me and suffer for my sins and that as we live His teachings we can live with Him, our Heavenly Father, and our families forever. I also know that the Book of Mormon is the Word of God and that Joseph Smith is a true prophet. Every time I read this sacred book of scripture, I feel the Savior's love for me and that this book is true. Truly, this book is another testament of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because of the joy, truth, and peace this church brings to my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith each day, by trying to put the Lord first in my life. As stated by President Ezra Taft Benson, "When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives." I know that each day as I serve the Lord, whether it is holding open the door for someone at school, smiling and giving a person a kind word, or standing up for what I believe in, the Lord has aligned and blessed my life. I know that my Savior Jesus Christ loves me, and daily, I strive to be obedient to His commandments so that I can return and live with Him again. I strive to also live my faith by reading the scriptures and praying each day. By doing so, I feel my Savior, Jesus Christ's love for me. This year, I will be serving as a missionary in the Bolivia, Santa Cruz mission. I know that this is a commandment and sacred privilege of the Lord to serve Him and teach His gospel. I look forward to living my faith as a missionary and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ in Bolivia.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Just like our earthly father, Heavenly Father is an actual heavenly person. He is always right there for us, and we can talk to Him daily through prayer. We are His children and He wants the very best for us. As we trust in His loving hand, and His beloved son Jesus Christ, He will help us return to Him. I have come close to my Heavenly Father by praying to Him daily. In my prayers, I thank Him for the blessings in my life, and I tell Him about my day, my struggles, and I ask for His help. After each time I talk to my Heavenly Father, I am happier and have the strength I need to go through out my day. I know Heavenly Father is there and loves us and as we talk to Him we will see His hand in our life. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The Atonement of Jesus Christ is something that is very precious and dear to me. I love my Savior with all my heart and I am so grateful that He would suffer and die for my sins and be resurrected so that I can overcome my sins, and when I die that I can too be resurrected and live with my family again. I know that the atonement of Jesus Christ is real and that He suffered for each of individually so that we might not suffer if we would believe in Him. (D&C 19:16-17) This precious gift of the Savior's atonement was necessary so that we could be able to be forgiven of our sins. We can show our gratitude for the Savior and His priceless gift by having faith in Him and using His atonement to become clean of our sins and to receive strength in our trials. Show more Show less