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Hi I'm Matt

I'm from Utah. My happy blended family of 4 years consists of me and my 5 children, and my wife and her 2 children.

About Me

I'm 40 years old and married with 7 children. My family, my career and my activity in the church take most of my time, but when I have the chance I love to hunt, fish, camp, golf and play basketball. I went to college in my early twenties and got a bachelor of science degree in Range Management with a minor in Fish and Wildlife Management. I went back to school several years later and got an MBA with an emphass in accounting. I currently work as a law enforcement officer. One of my challenges is melding my career with my religion and home life. I come from a family of nine children and my parents just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. I am the youngest of the nine kids and enjoy spending time with my siblings and their families. As my parents grow old and we children advance in years, it is a joy to understand where we were before coming to this earth, why we are here and what we are to accomplish, and where we go after death. Family is the most important thing in my life and knowing how to live so that I can always have my relationships with them-even after this life-is a great blessing.

Why I am a Mormon

My father joined the church when he was 16 and didn't really become active in the church until he was an adult serving in the Korean war. My mother was born into a family that was not active in the church and she became active as a teenager when she and my dad were dating each other around the time that dad was baptized. Their committment to living the gospel has always impressed me and as I grew into my teenage years I began to really want to know if the beliefs they had taught me were true. I began my efforts to know for myself by reading the Book of Mormon. I had attended church and heard bits from the book throughout my life, but I decided to read it from cover to cover and find out if it was true. I remember I was 14 years old and as I began to read I was almost immediately consumed with the Book of Mormon. I felt like I couldn't put it down. I read every night for as long as I could before bed. Within a few months I had completed the Book of Mormon. My experience reading that book changed my life. I knew it was true. I still know it is true and 25 years later I am still reading it every day. What an incredible book! The spirit of Christ emanates from the teachings in that book to anyone who honestly reads and seeks to know of it's truth. I know that anyone who is open to the truth will find it as they read the Book of Mormon. I continue to be an active Mormon because I know the Book of Mormon is true and because of that I know that Joseph Smith was what he said he was-a prophet visited by our Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ and called to restore the fullness of truth to the earth. Since Joseph Smith was a prophet, then all that the Lord revealed through him is true and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints which he established is also true. Living according to the truths restored through Joseph Smith brings me perspective, joy and peace in my life. I wouldn't want to live any other way.

How I live my faith

My life and our family are centered in our beliefs. We do our best to learn and practice Christian principles. We study the Book of Mormon daily as a family. The family (kids ages 17, 15, 14, 12, 9, 7, 4) gathers at out kitchen table early each morning. After kneeling together in family prayer we sit around the table to study the scriptures. For 15 minutes we read out loud, taking turns around the table. After our family reading, we each read individually for another 15 minutes before leaving for school, work, or other daily activities. This helps me remember each day who I want to be and how I want to live my life. My wife and I love to attend the temple together as often as we can. There we enjoy a feeling of quiet and peace that I have not found any other place in my life. The work of the Lord that takes place in the temples brings me peace and understanding. I love the temple. Our family also participates in the programs and activities offered by the church which provide safe and uplifting associations for my children. These consist of weekly activities that include fun, gospel learning, learning life skills, sports and service projects. The kids love hanging out with their friends and gain great experiences through their participation. Mostly I try to live my faith by fulifilling the responsibilities I have accepted in the church and by doing my best to keep the promises I made to God when I was baptized. As a 19 year old young man I spent two years in New Zealand as a missionary telling all who would listen about my experiences with the Book of Mormon and the convictions I had that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was literally Christ's church restored to the earth again through the prophet Joseph Smith. I look forward to the time in my life when I can retire from my career and take my wife to serve another mission to share my feelings about my Savior with whatever people the Lord might wish to send me to.