Hi I'm まつもとゆきひろ (Matsumoto "Matz" Yukihiro)
I am from Yonago City in Tottori Prefecture in Japan. Yonago City does not have a large population, but it is a beautiful area blessed with both the ocean and mountains. I became interested in programming when I was a middle school student, and since studying Computer Science at Tsukuba University I have been working as a programmer. Since 1993 I have been designing and developing the open source Ruby programming language. Ruby has now become a very popular programming language around the world, and it is widely used in many fields including the Web. Since 1997 I have been living in Matsue City in Shimane Prefecture, which isn’t too far from where I grew up. It is also a beautiful city. I have a wife and 4 children. My two eldest daughters are currently attending school in Tokyo, and the youngest two—a son and a daughter—live at home with us.
Why I am a Mormon
The first catalyst for coming to know about the church and the gospel was when my parents were converted while I was still a young child. I think it was a major challenge for my parents to become Christians in this non-Christian country of Japan. After that I was brought up in the gospel, but I then went to college and started living on my own. But when I prayed with real intent about my own faith, I realized that I already had faith in Jesus Christ. And I then served as a full-time missionary so that I could tell others about this.
How I live my faith
I served as a missionary in the Japan Okayama Mission. Since that time I have also been serving in a number of responsibilities in the church. I am currently the 1st Counselor in the Matsue Ward bishopric. In this region where there are not a lot of church members, I also have the responsibilities of teaching children in the Primary and youth attending Seminary.