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Hi I'm Matt

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a married father of three. I am an attorney. My work involves protecting information and people from computer hackers and criminals. I love to spend time with my family in the outdoors, especially snow skiing, hiking and camping.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in Utah where everyone else seemed to be a Mormon except my family and I. As a teenager I met with the missionaries and felt something special when I was with them attending a church pageant. Not until years later did I realize that what I felt was the influence of the Holy Ghost. As an adult I decided to see if I could experience those feelings again. I decided to listen to audio recordings of the Book of Mormon. What I experienced was amazing. I heard many stories about prophets explaining in very lucid and clear detail about Jesus Christ, His purpose and mission. I read about people just like me, who wanted to do good but weren't sure which "truths" espoused in the world were right. There were cities filled with people with questions about life, conflicts, and whether God really loves His children. As I listened, the Holy Ghost confirmed to me warmly and more powerfully that the Book of Mormon is a true story about real people. That is how I know that the Book of Mormon is indeed true and that the man who translated it, Joseph Smith, was a prophet. This powerful witness swept away my past misconceptions about the LDS Church and helped me see through the cultural nuances that had made me feel excluded as a young boy.

How I live my faith

My wife and I have made covenants, or promises to God. We all make these promises when we are baptized and later when we are married. As part of those promises, we strive to maintain clean and virtuous lives. We try to teach our children correct principles and to love and respect one another, as well as those who serve them, such as their teachers and leaders. I have served as a Scoutmaster and early morning seminary teacher, helping arm young people with the skills and faith they need to survive in a world filled with so many temptations. I also enjoy friendship with other fathers and husbands in our congregation, as we support one another in our desires to avoid debt, teach our children with love and to be good examples in our homes and communities.

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Matt
I was asked once during a job interview in the southeastern part of the country, whether I had more than one wife. As shocked as I was at the question, I quickly learned this is a popular misconception about the LDS Church. Popular media and news outlets have documented the polygamous practices of some religious groups not affiliated with the LDS Church but are sometimes wrongly associated with it. Today the LDS Church condemns the practice of polygamy. After nearly two decades of church membership in three different regions of the United States, I have never encountered the practice and can safely say that it is not part of the LDS Church. It is true that in the 19th century, some early members and leaders of the LDS Church practiced polygamy. Both the Book of Mormon and the Bible set forth a precedent of when God has condoned the practice, and in some cases even commanded it. In these instances God's obedient servants obeyed Him by marrying multiple women according to His laws of marriage. Show more Show less