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Hi I'm Matt

I'm a die-hard Okie. I'm a pretty sweet cook. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband, a son, a brother, and the world's best uncle. I'm a die-hard college football fan! I've worked out a great deal with my wife, she watches football with me on Saturday afternoons, and I watch her favorite soapy drama. When I'm not watching football I'm in the kitchen, it's my creative outlet. I work in the business world, and I'm also working on a graduate degree. Plenty to keep busy!

Why I am a Mormon

There's a great scripture in Matthew 16:25 that reads, "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it." I think that's the great paradox of life. The more time we spend worrying about ourselves - what makes us happy, and how we can get more and do more to benefit just us - generally the more lost and alone we end up. On the other hand, if we focus our lives on living a life patterned after the Savior - serving others and loving them like He did - the happier we are. Being a Mormon teaches me every day how to live my life more like He would have me live it. Some days I do better than others! Overall, I find that the more I give up my selfish life the more joy and peace I find.

How I live my faith

I really like how this section is phrased, because faith is definitely something that you live! Faith is an action verb, at least I've found that it is in my life. First, I live my faith by trying to do the basic things that help me feel the Spirit in my life every day. I read my scriptures. I pray - alone and with my wonderful wife. I try to take time to study and read good things that invite the Spirit. Membership in the church means a lifetime of service, and a lifetime of blessings that service affords. Right now I assist our local congregation's Bishop (the lay leader of our congregation) in what could be called an associate pastor position. I've got responsibility for the youth of our congregation - those ages 12 - 18. That includes everything from the Scouting program to Sunday evening devotionals. I love the opportunities I have to live my faith in so many ways.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Matt
This is a tough question! It sure would be easier if God simply carved the truth on the side of a mountain for all the world to read. But if that is all it took, we wouldn't grow or learn. God wants us to come to know the truth of His Gospel, but he also wants us to grow from the experience of coming to that truth. Ultimately, any person can determine if Mormonism, or any principle of Mormonism, is true by putting it to the test. If you want to know if a diet or exercise routine is effective, first you have to try it and see what differences it makes in your life. The same is true of Mormonism. If you want to know if the Book of Mormon is true, first you have to read it, study it, ponder it, and pray about it. If you want to know if Christ lives and loves you, first you have to learn of Him and try to be like Him. Then you pay attention to blessings that come to your life. Greater peace, greater joy, greater assurance of who you are as a child of God. These are all indicators to you that the Gospel is true and that your Father in Heaven loves you. Show more Show less