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Hi I'm Matt

The sky is my playground, I'm in love with a math teacher, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a dreamer. Ever since I was a little boy I've looked skyward and marveled at how airplanes seemed to lift effortlessly into the air. I dreamed one day I could be the one commanding such elegance. Through a lot of hard work and struggles I've made my dream come true. I fly a business jet and get to enjoy what I do for a living every day. I am the father to a beautiful little girl and have another one on the way. I'm married to a beautiful and wonderful woman who has stood by me when times have been tough and has been instrumental in my achievements as a Pilot. Together we enjoy raising a family and are excited to watch it grow.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members of the church when I was born and I was instructed in its teachings for the first 19 years of my life at which point I had a borrowed testimony from my parents. I trusted them and knew I felt good about what they had taught me. Part of those teachings included serving a mission for the church and I felt it was the right thing to do. A little after I turned 19 I received a letter from the leadership of the church calling me to serve a mission in South America. I was excited to do so and moved forward making preparations to leave my home for two years. The very week I was to enter the Missionary Training Center I went to the doctor to check on a pain in my leg. He found a tumor embedded deeply in my thigh and put my mission on hold. I was devastated. I knew I felt I was doing the right thing, so why then was God putting obstacles in my way? As I got over the initial shock of this news I decided I would charge forward. With the help of my parents we quickly located a doctor that was able to remove the tumor and had me walking without a limp a month and a half later. It was a miracle! I entered the Training Center two months late but was on my way. Still on a borrowed testimony one day in the Training Center I sat with other missionaries watching a video showing the story of Joseph Smith and his vision of Jesus Christ and God the Father. As Joseph shared his experience with his brother Hyrum a force struck me so strong I felt I was about to be pushed off my seat. At that moment I knew without a doubt Joseph really saw Christ and His Father. I knew he had translated the Book of Mormon and that it was a true testament of Jesus Christ. I knew the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was true. Since that day I have had many more trials and with faith have used those trials to build my testimony and faith in Jesus Christ. I know Heavenly Father loves me and wants me to return to live with him again.

How I live my faith

I appreciate immensely the fact that the church's leadership is not paid for their services. I have served in several leadership positions and have really enjoyed being able to help others increase their faith. I serve as a home teacher where my companion and I get to visit with several families of our local church organization. This gives me the chance to "be my brother's keeper" and serve others. I've enjoyed getting to know these families that otherwise I would not have had such an opportunity.