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Hi I'm Matthew

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. I'm an HR Professional with a wife & a young family & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a wife and two young children, a daughter and a son. I speak Tagalog, which I learned as a volunteer missionary in the Philippines. From that experience, I gained a love for the Philipino culture and people. I'm going to graduate school in Fall 2013 to continue working in HR. I love to sing and perform and enjoy watching and playing most sports.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a freshman in college, away from home for the first time, that was really the first time that I had to really grapple with what I believed. Serving in a responsible assignment in the LDS faith and preparing to be a full-time missionary, I felt that I earnestly needed to know - more than I had prior in my youth - that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was truly the church of Jesus Christ and all that I had long professed it to be. Jesus Christ taught that "If any man will do His (God the Father's) will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself" (John 7:17). I had not had any magnificent angelic or divine visitation to confirm my testimony. I did not even have any one distinct experience like that of others I knew who joined the LDS faith as a youth or adult. I wondered if I even really had a witness or testimony of what I had been taught and had believed since birth. I ultimately learned through a lesson from a loving grandparent and my own soul-searching, that despite not having received a significant, stand-out manifestation from God that the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was indeed true, or any such experience regarding the other tenants of the church, my faith had indeed been confirmed over my 19+ years in my efforts to live Christ's teachings taught by the Church. In hundreds if not thousands or more small instances, I had come to feel and receive a witness in my heart and the "fruits" (Matthew 7:15-20) of my living that Jesus Christ was the Only Begotten Son of the Father and my Redeemer, that He and God the Father had called prophets since the beginning of man and had called yet another in 1820, Joseph Smith. I had felt the unique power and truthfulness of the principles taught regarding Christ in the Book of Mormon and had confirmed their truthfulness in practicing them. This solidified my testimony of the Church. I have had my testimony further confirmed in the years since.

How I live my faith

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has provided me many ways to live my faith. Since my childhood, I have been asked, as all Latter-day Saint children are, to give short talks on gospel principles and my faith and to participate in singing hymns and songs of faith. These experiences have been an incredible blessing to me in my academics, on my full-time mission for two years in the Philippines, and in ministering and assisting neighbors, church members, and other members of the community. I have been assigned to teach the high school freshman and sophomores in Sunday School. This was a fantastic experience; I'm sure I learned more than they did. I also got to lead the ward (congregation's) choir and put my past choirs and singing experience to use. As all adult members of the congregation, I also have families I am assigned to visit at least monthly to share a short gospel message and to look after. This opportunity, called Home Teaching, is, for me, one of the best ways the church helps me live my faith.