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Hi I'm Matt

I'm a husband, a father and a writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband of one, father of four, and friend of many. I like to read history, play basketball, and run around in parks with my children. In a previous career, I worked in foreign affairs for the U.S. government. Now, I am the primary care-taker for my children and a writer. I am married to a woman who is a great mother, a caring friend, and a brilliant physician.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a sixth generation Mormon, so I could easily say that it's in my blood. The truth is that I spent time as a young man studying and praying in order to find my own witness that Christ is my Savior, and that Joseph Smith was his prophet. The key to all of that, for me, was finally realizing after much study, that the Book of Mormon was a gift that the Lord had given me to draw closer to Him.

How I live my faith

I try to follow the example of Jesus each day.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Matt
Required? No. But I served a mission because of the promises I made when I was baptized and committed to be a witness of the Savior. Many of my Mormon friends feel the same. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Matt
The missionaries will talk about Jesus Christ, His sacrifice for all of us, and the Restoration of His Church in the latter days. They will also talk about flowers, fishing, football, frankfurters and whatever else helps you get to know one another. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Matt
I was asked that question a lot when I was serving as bishop of a congregation. The explanation I gave most often -- which is the quickest explanation, but only part of the answer -- is that every member participates in keeping the ward community thriving, so there is less administrative work for a bishop to do than for leaders in other religious traditions. The other part of the answer, which clarifies why every member participates is this: Because we believe the call to serve is inspired by the Holy Spirit, every member feels that there is purpose in that particular call to serve, regardless of the "stature" or "visibility." Show more Show less