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Hi I'm Matt

I'm an oral surgeon, I love my family, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and a father. I love the outdoors (hiking, camping, triathlons, skiing, etc), sports, reading, photography, and music. I'm an oral surgeon, I speak Russian, I'm an avid sports fan, and I enjoy cooking with my wife.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a strong, Mormon family. I was raised being taught the Gospel and seeing how keeping the commandments blessed the lives of my parents and siblings. As a young man, I knew the Church I belonged to was true and I had a deep desire to serve a full-time mission to share that knowledge with others. As a missionary in Russia, my testimony grew exponentially as I witnessed the Gospel change individuals and families for the better. They gained purpose in life and hope in the future and were able to overcome personal obstacles. My own faith was significantly strengthened as well. I felt the Lord touching my life and giving me strength beyond my own abilities. The Holy Ghost witnessed to me constantly over those two years that the message I was sharing was true. I witnessed what I consider to be miracles and I felt, to an extent, what Joseph Smith felt when he said, "I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it." Since I've returned home from my mission, I've been deeply blessed by the knowledge I have. It's shaped who I am and what I've strived to do and be. I don't know where I would be without the Gospel in my life and I'm glad I don't have to find out. I know that God lives and that He loves us. I know that he sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Savior and Redeemer. I know that He wants to provide us with direction and guidance, so He teaches us through His prophets. I know that the blessings and covenants made in the temples of God transcend mortality and enable families to be together forever. I also know that the Lord will answer the prayers of anyone who earnestly seeks Him. I am eternally grateful for my faith and for the joy it brings into my life.

How I live my faith

I am an active member of the Church and love serving in my ward. Besides the various callings I've held, my faith impacts everything I do in life. The manner in which I speak, act, treat my family, approach my profession, and live in general is dictated by my faith. This is because my faith teaches me who I am, where I came from, and who I am striving to be. I live my faith by devoting my time and abilities to striving to better the lives of my family and those around me.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Matt
When I was 13 years old, I had the opportunity to meet Gordon B. Hinckley, the prophet and president of the Church at the time. Because of my father's Church responsibilities in our particular town, we were able to host him at our home for two meals during a weekend conference. I still remember the feelings I had when he walked in our front door, extended his hand toward me, and asked, "What's your name, young man?" As I shook his hand, I was overwhelmed by the feeling that this man was truly a prophet of God. I knew that I was shaking the hand of a man that was God's chosen representative and messenger. I can also say that our home was never the same again after he left - it was more peaceful, loving, and fun. That experience is one of the fondest memories I have of when I was a kid and it has stuck with me for years. Show more Show less