Hi I'm Matt
I am a husband and father of five kids, and teach elementary-aged students. I'm a Mormon.
I am an elementary school teacher, husband, father of five, beautiful, energetic, and intelligent children. I enjoy the outdoors, baking and cooking, gardening with my wife and kiddos, and living life with an eye of faith single to God and Jesus Christ..
Why I am a Mormon
I grew up in a family that embraced the Gospel. I had two sisters and a brother, and we were all baptized when we were eight. Growing up in the church wasn't always easy. I went to schools were I was in a religious minority, and I wanted to fit in. My brother died when I was a teen, and it was hard. How could that have happened? How could God do this to my family? I saw how torn apart my parents were and I believed that something good had to come from this. I believed that God loved each of us and that we are all His children. It was hard to understand why we had to go through this trial. My faith was shaken, and I decided to learn for myself what life was all about. I made some wrong choices but never stopped believing in God or Jesus. I read the Book of Mormon with a desire to know if what I was reading was from God or if it was just a good history book. I went to the Lord in prayer, and the sweet whisperings of the Spirit told me it was true. I finally came to the realization that God does love us and His love is so deep he allowed His Son to die for each of us. This conviction led me to serve a mission for the church. It was four years after coming home from serving a mission for the church, getting married and starting a family of my own that tragedy would strike my family again. My father unexpectedly died. This was one of the hardest things I had gone through. The difference this time was my knowledge that families can be together forever through the mercies and love of Jesus Christ. It is what carries me everyday of my life. I continue to be an active member of the church because I know for myself that a loving Father in Heaven allows us to go through sin and repentance, sorrow and pain, as well as happiness and joy so we can become better and more like Him. I am grateful that He has restored His church so we can be blessed with so many wonderful gifts and blessings which enable us to be forever families.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by attending my weekly church meetings on Sunday. At church, I get to serve my brothers and sisters in many ways. This allows me to learn about myself, the gospel, and others. I have four families that I and my son visit in their homes to share a gospel message and to see how they are doing. On every other day, I live my faith by trying my best to have personal prayer morning and night, a family prayer before my kiddos go to sleep, and a prayer with my wife before retiring for the day. I also read from the scriptures each morning which helps set the tone for the day and keeps Christ's love and mercy within view. In the church, we have many opportunities to serve our fellowman. Whenever these opportunities arise, I seek to serve. I enjoy following Christ's example of "loving your neighbor as yourself" and joy in selfless service. I also live my faith by trying my best to set a good example to my family and to those I meet in the community and work with. Being a good example of living a christian life is important because it outwardly shows my inward beliefs and convictions.