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Hi I'm Matthew Wright

I'm a Mormon. I played football in college, then became a lawyer. I have argued before the Supreme Court of the United States.

About Me

My wife and I are the proud parents of 5 and grandparents of 12. As a married couple in college, we attended school together while I played football and she worked on her accounting degree. Now I'm a lawyer and my wife is a CPA. We toiled in our young married life to create a solid family and to be happy in our marriage. We love to spend time with each other and also with our grown-up kids and grandkids. Our family loves sports and spending time in the mountains at our cabin. All that we hold dear in life stems from our faith in Christ, our marriage, and our family.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because that’s what people call members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe in restored Christianity, meaning that I believe that Jesus reestablished his original church and gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith. I know that I can grow closer to Jesus Christ through his Church than by any other means. As the corner stone of the original church, Jesus built it upon prophets and apostles. (See Ephesians 2:20.) As originally established, a living prophet was called and given keys to guide Jesus Christ’s Church. (See Matt 16: 18-19.) As reestablished, a living prophet is called and given keys to guide Jesus Christ’s church today. Jesus built his church to help in gathering and guiding all of Heavenly Father’s children back to heaven. The Savior knew that we would sin and fall short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). So He gave us helps or aides in living our lives that way our Father expects. Jesus gave us scriptures like the Bible and the Book of Mormon, which testify of Him and tell us all things that we should do to regain His presence. (See 2 Nephi 32:3.) He gave us the gift of the Holy Ghost that we can receive through baptism, by one in authority, so that we will not be left comfortless. (See Matt 3:13-17; John 14:18.) And Jesus gave us prophets and apostles to help show us the way. (See Ephesians 4:11-13.) But most of all, Jesus Christ gave his life for our sins so that, through His grace, we can repent and be saved in the Kingdom of God. All of God’s children can know the truth for themselves through the Holy Ghost. A simple prayer with a sincere heart and real intent is all that is needed. I’m a Mormon because that is what they call members of the Church of Jesus Christ. But I’m a member of Jesus Christ’s church because I know that by following His teachings, my family and I can return to live with Jesus and Heavenly Father someday.

How I live my faith

I am a bishop over 455 people, including 100 youth. A bishop presides over the people in his assigned congregation. A congregation is referred to as a ward. The bishop's primary responsibility is to invite his congregation and those within his community to come unto Christ and to live by His teachings. I love to share the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ with anyone who is interested. I live my faith by striving to love God with all my heart, soul, and mind, and by serving the congregation and my neighbors as Jesus would have me do.

How does the Church finance its operations?

Matthew Wright
My parents joined the church when I was a young boy. One major influence in their decision to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was that it did not have a paid clergy. My mother and father witnessed a lot of dissention among the congregation of their previous faith, most of which centered on money. As a bishop, I don't receive any financial remuneration at all. But I do receive the blessings that come from consecrating my time, talents and efforts to the members of the Church whom I serve. Sometimes it is difficult to work long hours as a lawyer and devote another 20 hours during the week to being a bishop. But I love the fact that my tithing and fast offerings that I pay to the Church--and which faithful members give to me as donations to deposit in church accounts--all go toward helping the needy throughout the world and building the Kingdom of God here upon the earth. I don’t believe that I should be paid to practice what I preach. Show more Show less