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Hi I'm Matt

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

About Me

I'm a quietly driven businessman, husband, and father of two young kids. I love making a hot breakfast every morning with my two-year-old son (he has all the ingredients of homemade pancakes memorized and can eat up to five in one sitting!), working out at 5:30AM every day that the kids haven't been up too much the night before, and talking with my wife. My wife and I both love to play tennis, and I'm usually able to match her superior strokes with the advantage that comes from being a foot taller than she is. To relax, I enjoy playing classical piano, gardening, running, and reading. I love trying new things; this year's new things include competing in triathlons (just finished my first one!) and learning how to program.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents raised me in a wonderful home, where they taught me about the gospel of Jesus Christ both through their example and through daily family scripture study. As a child and youth, this understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ gave me tremendous security and a strong identity. Viewing life through the lens that I am a child of God has been a wonderful way to identify myself. Throughout my life, especially while I was a teenager, I experimented with identifying myself by several different labels. One of the smart kids. One of the drama kids. One of the jocks. None of these ever fit very satisfyingly. Later in college, I went through this exercise again as I tested the waters of different majors. English? Accounting? Economics? In the end, my professional career has been in something completely different, industrial design software. I've realized that while I enjoy pursuing different hobbies and professional interests, it's never felt quite accurate to define myself by these things. I'm a child of God, and I'm a Mormon. That's the view that constantly shapes my view of life and determines how I will act. And I love having this faith that provides continuity and guidance in each phase of my life.

How I live my faith

Every day my life is permeated by my faith. My wife and I pray with our kids over each meal and before we go to bed. We try to read scriptures together as a family each day so that we can be reminded of what Christ would like us to do. Once a week, on Monday nights we have a "Family Home Evening" where my wife and I take turns teaching each other - and our kids - more formally about the gospel. These lessons will be influenced by what is going on at the time in our lives - for instance, around Christmastime we have lessons about the birth of Christ. When our younger child was born, we had a lesson about how babies come here from the presence of God. In my local congregation, I'm been formally asked to serve as the secretary to our local bishop, the lay leader of our congregation. This involves attending "bishopric" meetings twice a week, where the bishop and his counselors discuss the needs of the ward and how to care for its members. I've also been asked, like each adult male, to visit a few families in the congregation each month to ensure their physical, temporal, and spiritual needs are being met. Ten years ago, I served a two-year mission for the church in Bulgaria. My charge as a missionary was to teach families and individuals about Jesus Christ. These were formative years, and I loved having this opportunity. To this day, teaching others about Jesus Christ, whether they are members of this church yet or not, is one of my favorite things to do and a great privilege. One thing I really like about the Mormon church is that since there is no professional clergy, each member is given many opportunities to share their testimonies about Jesus Christ and serve those around them.