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Hi I'm Matt

I love my wife, family and my work. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

About Me

My name is Matthew. I married by best friend Renee in 2010. We currently live in Townsville and I work at one of the local schools as a history teacher. I have a particular interest in Modern History and Physical Education. I also love watching football (or soccer) and support Liverpool FC. I play futsal each week with friends for fun and to try and keep fit. I lived in Samoa for two years and loved every minute of it. Many years on I still can speak and read the language and enjoy spending time with my Samoan brothers and sisters sharing a meal together. I am passionate about education and the important role it has in shaping the lives of young people. I find joy in spending time with my wife and also with family and friends. One of the things that constantly amazes me is the beauty of the earth and all of the creatures on it.

Why I am a Mormon

My fathers parents joined the church when they came to Australia from England when my Dad was very young. I was born into a family that already were attending church and as a young person I attended church with them. My parents taught my sister, brother and I the basic principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our home. In my late teens I decided that I need to have a personal witness that attending Church was right for me and that Jesus really is my Savior. I prayed and thought about it and after some time I received a witness that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the church of God and that Jesus is my Savior. My life has been fantastic since then even with many trials and challenges. I am a Mormon because I want to be. I feel within my heart that this is what my Heavenly Father wants me to be engaged in. As I engage in the church and the teachings of Jesus Christ on a daily and weekly basis I remember, recognize and know that this is right because the blessings it brings me are very sweet. As I hope in Jesus and His death and resurrection, I can hope for more happiness and peace for myself and my family in this life and in the next. That hope is a priceless gift in this troubled world.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by also trying to remember that I must be the best person I can be. I try to remember that I have great potential because I am a literal son of God. I pray to be patient and loving with everyone. I read the scriptures, attend Sacrament meeting, Sunday School and Priesthood each week. My wife and I make sure Monday night is free every week just for family time. There are lots of things I do. They all bring happiness to my life and the life of my family. Part of my responsibilities in the ward I attend is to organise the appointments and meetings for the Bishop (or Minister) of our congregation. I see this as an example of how I live my faith because I am helping to organise the some of the administration aspects of what happens at a local level in the church. In this capacity I am also facilitating opportunities for members to discuss their trials and seek guidance and support from the Bishop, who is a representative of Jesus Christ. Living my faith is the works I do to show my inner beliefs and values. I am not perfect at living my beliefs and values but the beauty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that we are empowered to improve and change as we seek Him and ask for his support. An example of this is when I served a full-time mission for the church in Samoa. While I faced struggles, sickness and difficulties with language in the first few months I learnt that as I turned to Heavenly Father through prayer, fasting, study of the scriptures and hard work I was able to change and improve myself as a human being and as a missionary. This experience of living my faith taught me that I can live my faith more fully and perfectly as I seek and ask for Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ to help me. It is a constant process of striving to become your best self.

What is faith?

Faith is a action word for me. My faith is in Jesus Christ and His Atonement. Sometimes the word faith is used to identify a church or particular set of beliefs or people. I have faith when I trust Him, have confidence that He will fulfill His promises to me and am willing to act on my belief in Him. When I disobey the commandments or an stray from His teachings it is my faith in Jesus Christ that motivates me to act and to change (which is repentance) and come closer to Him. A friend once said to me, "I don't believe in God because I can't see Him. If He does come back to earth and I see him, then I will believe." I regret that at the time I did not speak up and tell my friend about faith. The scriptures teach us that faith is to hope for things which are not seen but which are true (Book of Mormon, Alma 32:21). I haven't seen God but I have been taught that if I actively seek Him by praying to Him and read the words of His prophets from the scriptures I can believe, trust and have confidence in Him. I can (and do) believe in Him even though I can't see Him now. To get started with faith we should try it out, test it, see for yourself because this is how faith develops and grows for everyone. I believe Jesus will return to earth someday and we will see Him in the flesh. Show more Show less