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Hi I'm Matt

I live in Canada. I grew up on a farm. I'm a teacher. I'm a dad. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 26 years old. I grew up on a farm in Alberta, Canada. I've been married for nearly 4 years to the greatest wife. We have one son who is 18 months old. I graduated a year ago with a Bachelor of Education degree. I teach full-time as a seminary teacher. I ride a motorcycle (when it's warm enough!). I love to snowboard, play hockey, camp, hike, play board games, and organize things! Most of my spare time is spent enjoying time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

There are a lot of things that I like about the Mormon "church". I love the social aspect of being a member of the church. I love the opportunities it gives me to reach out and serve people that I otherwise wouldn't take. I just love being around good people who have the same values and standards as me. But this really isn't why I live my life as a Mormon. I choose to because I've found a deep sense of peace and reassurance in the teachings and scriptures found in this faith - the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I find it comforting to know that God loves me enough to call another living prophet to guide me and my family - just like He has in times past. Most of all, I feel like these teachings and doctrines truly help me to understand who God really is, and how great my relationship with Him can be. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to read the scriptures and pray daily so that I feel close to God. Then I try to live my life in such a way that keeps me close to Him - by trying to treat people the way He would want me to. I'm not perfect, but I know the key word in those earlier sentences is TRY. Another thing I do (and love doing!) is spend time with the youth in our church. I've spent the past 4 years doing Scouting projects, going on camps, and discussing the gospel with them. I find their faith and enthusiasm helps to strengthen me.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Matt
I LOVE Christmas!! It is by far my favorite time of the year. I love the lights, the sounds, the smells. If people get stressed and worried about it, it's because they're doing it wrong and they need to relax a little. Christmas is meant to be a time where you can take a little extra time to show the people you love and others around you just how much you care about them. We celebrate most of the holidays that other people in Canada celebrate: New Years, Valentines Day, St. Patrick's Day, Canada Day, Halloween, Remembrance Day, and Christmas!!! I probably missed some, but I think we're pretty regular in that regard. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Matt
We believe God is kind and loving, and that he wants each of us to learn and grow while we are here on earth. We believe He is this way because He is literally our Father - He created us before we even came down here to earth. Just like any good dad here on earth wants what is best for his kids, our Heavenly Father (God) wants what is best for us and He recognizes that for us to learn important lessons, we will sometimes need to go through challenging experiences. For example, to learn to ride bike, your dad can only hold you up for so long - eventually he has to let go, even if he knows you might fall down. Because he knows that this is the only way you will learn. God does the same thing for us as we go through life. He lets us make decisions and then allows us to feel the consequences of our decisions. The reason He does this is because He knows that it will help to make us better people in the long run. So if you feel like God isn't there in your life, it's not because He doesn't care...in fact it's just the opposite - it's because he cares so much that He's letting you choose so that you can grow. And it's been my experience that when I have "fallen off" the bike of life, He has ALWAYS been there to pick me up, comfort me, and encourage me to try again. Show more Show less