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Hi I'm Matthew

I live in California, I'm in my 30s, I work in the software industry, and I'm happy to be a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a native Californian, and I've lived here most of my life, but I love to travel, see new places, and experience new cultures. I work at home for a large software company, and that keeps me very busy, but the commute from my bedroom across the hall to my office can't be beat. I'm happily married for 14 years, and I have three boys who are a lot of fun and all very creative. We homeschool our boys, so I get to spend a lot of time with them. On Saturdays, I like to get out and do something fun, even when I probably should be home doing yard-work, but since I'm home almost all the time during the week, the weekend is a chance to get out of the house. We'll occasionally travel for an hour or two to go someplace "exotic" like the beach, an amusement park, a historic site, or a local attraction; occasionally, we like to camp in the nearby mountains. I'm an amateur close-up magician, I like to cook, and I'm an avid reader with a love for American novelists.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. I grew up in the Mormon faith and attended church regularly from my youth. That's the easy answer, but it's incomplete. I'm a Mormon because I know this church is true. I know it's true because I've lived its gospel and been blessed by it. I'm human, I have free agency; at times I've made mistakes and it's been hard to live my faith. Those times provide a stark contrast to times when I work hard to live the gospel, follow Jesus Christ's teachings, and draw close to God. Comparing different times in my life, I can see the fruit of living Jesus Christ's gospel as taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Often -- in prayer, as I've read the scriptures, at church, while listening to or reading talks from church leaders -- I have felt the Holy Ghost witness that this is Jesus Christ's true, restored church. That Spirit is a companion and comforts me in hard times, guides me through confusion, strengthens me against temptation, and teaches me in times of questioning. It is something I cannot deny; the experiences are real and dear to me, and they witness that this church is true. Since I was born into a Mormon family, I have known this church and the gospel of Jesus Christ from my youth, but the reason I am a Mormon today is because of the many experiences and the spiritual witness that I have had time and again by which I know this is the restored church of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

My faith is a key part of my daily life. Every morning, I read from the scriptures. Before I start work, I pray alone, with my spouse, and with my family. This helps me through the day. It focuses me on the key things in my life: my relationship with God and my family. It helps cope with stress and challenges I face. It draws me closer to God. At night also, I pray with my family and my wife, and I pray privately. I review the day, give thanks for my blessings, and consider what I've learned. I treat every Sunday as a Sabbath day, and my family and I make the day special. We focus on uplifting, spiritual things. We go to church. Our focus is on resting, serving, and giving thanks to Heavenly Father. At church, I lead a group of men. I meet with them, counsel with them, and teach them. I try to live uprightly, and faithfully, so I set a good example for them. My son and I often visit a few elderly women after church; we see how they are doing, and we bring the church to them, since they can't attend church in person. I also visit several families on a regular basis, checking up on them, ensuring their needs are met, and teaching a spiritual lesson. During the week, I go to occasional church activities, and I also watch my youngest sons, so that my wife and older son can go to mid-week youth activities. It makes for a full schedule, but the work is uplifting. The more I serve others and try to do what is right, the more I feel at peace and closer to my Heavenly Father.