Hi I'm Matt
I enjoy a full life. I'm married to my best friend. She is beautiful and intelligent. We have four amazing children. We love living in our community. My hobbies include anything Apple, Inc. related, Motocross, Supercross, football (ASU Sun Devils), softball, family, socializing, music, podcasts and surfing the web. I enjoy serving others in many different capacities. I'm a big football fan who likes the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona State Sun Devils.
Why I am a Mormon
Simply stated, I was born a Mormon. For me, being a Mormon is more than just being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In addition to being a follower of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, being Mormon encompasses being part of a culture, a heritage and a way of life. I love the practicality of its teachings and the family oriented approach to living. For me there is a distinction between the Mormon culture and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The former being made up of all kinds of wonderful people who are doing their best, albeit imperfectly, to learn, follow and teach the latter. I like that being a Mormon provides my wife and I and our children many opportunities to serve others and grow spiritually.
How I live my faith
Presently, I am serving in my ward as a secretary in the Elders Quorum. I have been doing this since August of 2010. It has provided me many great opportunities to serve others through organizing visits with new members of our ward, following up on monthly Home Teaching reports, looking after Quorum members, teaching lessons on Sunday and keeping Quorum members informed about various goings on in the group. I feel very blessed to be able to serve others in this capacity and it has helped strengthen my love for others. I have had several other "callings" or assignments in my life and have generally felt the same about each of them. I try to live my faith by being good to others through kind words and deeds. I like to make people feel good about themselves in their own unique way. I try to learn others good qualities and point them out as a way of helping them see their own goodness and potential. I try to be a good husband and father in my home. I am far from perfect, but I am pretty sure that each member of my family knows that I love and care about them individually. That is important to me. Another way that I live my faith is by following the spiritual guide I sense within me. It guides me to do what is right for me. In terms of praying in the traditional fashion, I would confess that I fall short. However, for me, having constant connection with that spiritual guide is like a prayer that continues all day and evening.