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Hi I'm Mat

I'm a husband. I'm a father. I'm a software engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a great woman who works full-time as a stay-at-home Mom. We have seven wonderful children (some biological, some adopted, all ours) whom we love very much. I work at home as a computer software engineer. I am grateful for the educational opportunities I have been blessed with that allowed me to get a bachelor's degree, master's degree, and doctorate degree in computer science and engineering. I recently served as an elected official on our town council and as an assistant Scoutmaster. While I enjoy my work and other activities, and I particularly enjoy being with my family. Being a husband and father is the most important and enjoyable part of my life. It is not easy, but it is an experience I would not trade for anything. When it really comes down to it, the only things you can take with you when you die is who you are and who you know. Your character and your relationships with other people are all that really matter. I like to learn new things and aspire to be a handyman (still learning, but making progress). I have done a few projects around the house including a chicken coop, a bookshelf, a rocket launcher, and a monkey bridge (with help from a friend).

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Latter Day Saint family and I greatly appreciate all that my parents did for me. They taught me many important things through words and example. But regardless of upbringing, there comes a point in life when all of us has to decide for ourselves who we are and what we believe. People sometimes use the word "testimony" to describe what they believe. To me, a testimony is just a collection of spiritual experiences where we know, and feel, that something is real. Some people may have monumental "testimony" experiences. Most of my testimony experiences are small and might seem to others as inconsequential. As with building a brick wall, each seemingly small experience stands together with the other experiences to build a strong foundation of my beliefs. The two most significant bricks in my testimony are understanding my relationship with God and accepting that Joseph Smith really saw what he said he saw. I will always remember the way I felt as I knelt in prayer as a young teenager, desperate to know if there was really someone out there. I knew in my heart that God is out there and that He does know me individually and loves me, as He does with everyone on earth. That experience significantly changed how I felt about myself and others and impressed upon me the reality of God and my relationship with him. That experience, and others like it, are why I am a Mormon. I have often considered Joseph Smith's words: "I had actually seen a light, and in the midst of that light I saw two Personages, ... and though I was hated and persecuted for saying that I had seen a vision, yet it was true ..." The truthfulness of his experience is not determined by the number of people who think it did or did not happen. Whether you or I believe it really happened does not change the fact that it did happen. Joseph Smith did indeed see Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. That experience, and others like it, are why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by going to church each Sunday. My wife and I have seven kids, three of whom are under age three. Sometimes the Sunday worship service feels like the hardest hour of the week - two parents, three toddlers ... the odds are not always in our favor :). Some days we are happy to hear a few words from the speaker while trying to maintain a bit of reverence. Other days we are happy just to keep the toy cars from flying through the chapel and hitting other people. But most of all, we are happy to be there worshiping with our children. We are happy that our children know that living the gospel of Jesus Christ makes us happy. One of the things I enjoy about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is that are all members are invited to participate. Participation may include praying, speaking, singing, and teaching in Sunday services; but it also extends beyond the Sabbath day. Some of my most enjoyable experiences are serving children and youth. Whether it is blowing bubbles with the 18-month old kids, or a backpacking trip with the 18-year old kids ... I enjoy serving the youth and working with other adults. I live my faith because my faith is a way of life. The gospel of Jesus Christ is not just something to believe, it is something to live.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

My testimony is not a single, profound experience or revelation. Like a brick wall built from many individual bricks, my testimony is a collection of many individual experiences that help me know and understand truth. These experiences range from answered prayers to scriptural insights; from overcoming challenges to holding a newborn child. Some experiences are small and may seem insignificant; other experiences are profound spiritual experiences. All of these experiences together are my testimony, my personal conviction that God lives. He is our Heavenly Father. His Son, Jesus Christ, atoned for all of us so that we could have the opportunity to live with Them again as a forever family. The gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith, and we have a living prophet on the earth today. Show more Show less