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Hi I'm Matt

I grew up in Utah. I live in the Pacific Northwest and try to enjoy it every day. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a wonderful wife and two beautiful kids. I love jazz guitar -- even try to play it sometimes, and enjoy spending time in the great outdoors. I am presently a full-time student at the University of Washington, Bothell campus in the evening MBA program.

Why I am a Mormon

I came to embrace the teachings of this Church as I studied the Book of Mormon regularly when I was 18 years old. I was unsure of which direction I should take in my life. As I pondered the teachings in Alma, and prayed about them, I felt motivated by the Spirit of God to fully embrace the Gospel as taught by the Mormon faith.

How I live my faith

I continue to live my faith each day of my life because it gives me the hope and faith to be happy in my life, content with the things I cannot change, and power to change the things I can't change alone. My life is full of imperfections, but this Church has been all about continual improvement for myself. The Lord finds imperfections in my life and then helps me to overcome them, step by step, one day at a time.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Matt
Much false information about our faith is created and perpetuated by those who either don't understand, don't believe, or don't like it. From a strict definition standpoint, "cult" can mean any group that follows religious principles, bands together, has sacred rites like the Lord's Supper, and even more "normal" church-type activities. By using this definition, every religion I've ever encountered could be considered a cult. The word cult also has negative connotations and people may use it to insinuate that the Mormon faith is extreme and/or fundamentalist. These assertions are simply untrue. The Mormon faith strongly encourages it's members and those who are interested in learning more to seek a relationship with God and obtain answers from God, in one-on-one personal prayer, to decide if the principles of our church are true and whether they should be applied in their own lives. Show more Show less