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Hi I'm Matt

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Arizona. My beautiful wife of 18 years and I have 5 wonderful children who fill our lives with lots of adventure. I have an accounting degree from ASU and an MBA from the UofA. I work as a Controller for a manufacturing/distribution company. I enjoy traveling, water sports, kart racing, and spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church. My parents taught me good principles and encouraged me to go to church. There is not one momentous event in which I became converted. Rather, my conversion came gradually through reading the scriptures and through prayer. Through the quiet promptings of the Spirit I know that we have a Heavenly Father that loves us, that his son Jesus Christ is our saviour, and that their church has been restored to the Earth today. When it comes down to it, we are all looking for lasting happiness in our lives. I am a Mormon because it brings me lasting happiness. I find joy in knowing that I am here for a purpose and that I can be with my family after this life. I find joy in exercising gospel principles such as serving others and teaching my children. It experience peace in this turbulent word in knowing that we have a father in heaven that hears and answers our prayers. I also find much joy as others around me are blessed. I have watched so many miracles occur in the lives of people around me. For five years I had the opportunity to serve as a Bishop. During that time I would counsel with members of my congregation that were experiencing challenges in their lives...financial, family, faith, etc. The wonderful thing about the gospel of Jesus Christ is that it provides answers to all of life's challenges. In my position I would encourage those experiencing challenges to exercise faith by obeying the commandments, studying the scriptures, and sincerely seek the Lords help through personal and family prayer. Those who chose to do those things experienced miracles in their lives. Usually the challenges were not taken away, but they were blessed in many ways so as to overcome their challenges.

How I live my faith

I really enjoy that my church gives me so many opportunties to exercise the principles of the gospel. Currently I have a responsibility where I teach 12-13 year old young men, one of which is my own son. I get to spend time with them in priesthood meetings and be active with them as a scout leader. It is very enjoyable helping these young men to prepare themselves to reach their fullest potential as good citizens, husbands, fathers, and leaders of the church. I am very proud of each one of them and their growth during these very formidable years. Where the world encourages its youth to follow destructive paths, it is very refreshing to see youth that act responsibly, respectfully, and with faith.

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Matt
I have had the opportunity to work with people to help them overcome addictions to pornography. The following is a list of things I have seen help others struggling with pornography. 1. Remove temptations. In my home, there are no computers, tvs, cell phones, etc. allowed in bedrooms. Keep computers in public areas of your home and establish a rule to never use them when you are alone. 2. Know what your children are viewing. Most people have their first experience with pornography at a young age. Unsupervised media is just a disaster waiting to happen. Use, but don't rely upon filters. 3. Talk to your children about pornography. Parents should teach them what to do if the come accross it, which should include turning away and reporting the encounter to parents. 4. If you are struggling with a pornography addiction, do not hide it. It is better to be open and work with someone to overcome it. Even if it has been several years since you have had an occurrence, pick a trusted friend, spouse, parent, or clergy member to that can follow up with you. Even if you don't have an addiction, it helps to have someone to be accountable to. An annual occurrence in my home is that I look my wife straight into her eyes and state "I have not viewed any pornography in the last year" 5. Seek professional help if warranted. There are many counselors that specialize in pornography addictions. An LDS bishop in your area or your clergy member can likely refer you to someone. Show more Show less