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Hi I'm Matt

I work in a Plant Nursery in Oregon, and I have 4 children with my wife. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for 14 (Year A.D. 2011) years to my beautiful wife, and together we have 4 awesome children. I went to school to do illustration, but ended up working at the family plant nursery for a living. I lived in Argentina for two years, serving a mission for my church, and I continue to speak spanish today as I work with a lot of spanish speaking people. I love to travel, which is about the only hobby that I have successfully continued in married life. I especially like to travel to tropical places where I can snorkel and scuba dive and to places that have significant history and interesting architecture like Europe and Argentina.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Mormon church with great parents and siblings. Around the age of 15 or so I started to question my faith. I wondered if I went to this church just because this is where my parents go. For a couple years I didn't really know much about my relationship with God. When I turned 17 I went to a youth camp organized by the mormon church, and I can say that that was the turning point in my relationship with my Heavenly Father. I felt the spirit so strong as I listened to all the great speakers and late night devotionals with my camp councilor. I couldn't believe that these great people were doing all this great work to help souls like mine. There must have been some great inner-motivation to help others feel the same way that they do. My senior year of high school, I put a lot more emphasis on reading the scriptures and in my personal communications with God. The seed was definitely planted. I hungered to have a personal relationship with Him and to know of His plan for me. I read the Book of Mormon that year. At the end of the book, the prophet Moroni challenged me to not only read and ponder the teachings of the Book of Mornon, but to also kneel in humble prayer to ask Heavenly Father if the book was His word. That made a lot of sense to me, because I knew at that point that God knew the truth of all things, and that He was not confused about the truthfulness of the book. I knew that he would answer my prayers, one way or another. After finishing the book, I kneeled down to pray and ask Heavenly Father if the Book of Mormon was true scripture and if it was translated by Joseph Smith. I also asked if Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God. I never saw any heavenly visitors to answer my prayers, but what I did experience proved to be just as effective. I felt pure light and knowledge enter my soul, casting out any doubt that may have existed in my soul. I knew, independent of any other source outside of God, that the Book of Mormon were indeed Holy Scriptures written by ancient prophets to proclaim to all the world that Jesus is the Christ. After that, all the pieces of the puzzle fell into place for me. I know that because Joseph Smith translated that book, he consequently could not have done that with out God's help. He is a prophet of God. And the church that he organized was restored by God's power and authority. This church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, has the authority to establish covenants between Man and God, which allow the atonement of Jesus Christ to save His children. I had the opportunity to share my testimony of the truthfulness of these great acts for two years as a missionary in Argentina, which proved to only strengthen what I knew to be true. I am so greatful for these experiences that have proven to provide a moral and spiritual compass in my life as an individual, a father and a husband.

How I live my faith

Right now I have the privilige of working with the Full Time missionaries as our ward (congregation's) missionary leader. I help to coordinate the work with efforts of the ward (congregation) family and the missionaries that serve temporarily in our ward. It is very fulfilling to see the impact that the gospel has in the lives of the people that receive the gospel.

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes. I remember the first time that I became aware that there were people that really thought we were not Christians. I thought this was ludicrous because our name even implies a faith in Jesus Christ (the real name of the church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). We preach of Christ, we have hope in Christ, we know that it is only through Jesus Christ that we can be saved. We get baptized in His holy name. All of our Scriptures testify of Him and His importance in our life. Our lives are dedicated to Him and His mission, to bring souls unto him. Show more Show less