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Hi I'm Matt

I'm a web developer, a devoted husband, and a father of two - and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a developer for a small marketing firm in Irvine, California. I love spending time with my family. My interests range from urban exploration to church service to sports. I am also interested in technology, new media, and all things digital.

Why I am a Mormon

Making the world a better place is what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is all about. I came to this realization when I was a freshman in college and preparing to serve two years as an LDS missionary. Although I was born and raised a Mormon, I wasn't entirely certain that being one was right for me, until a passage in the Book of Mormon changed my outlook. Prior to entering college, I was challenged to read the Book of Mormon cover-to-cover and decide for myself whether or not it was true. As I read the book, my decision to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church was solidified, but I still wasn't completely converted. One evening late in the school year, I read the following words from the book, found in Ether, chapter 12: "Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world..." While this concept may not be very profound, for some reason it spoke directly to me, and the Spirit of God confirmed to me what I had really always known, that the Church and the book were of God, and I wanted to share my hope for a better world with everyone. It wasn't the words that converted me, it was God.

How I live my faith

In the Church, surprising as it may sound, no one is paid for what they do - we have an entirely lay ministry. Despite this, the Church is still an effective global organization with a centralized message and worldwide mission to help others. That means everyone plays a part, male and female, rich and poor, highly experienced and "just starting out". At this stage in my life, I still feel like I'm "just starting out" in the work of the Church, but I've been privileged to play a role in helping organize and care for the needs of fellow members of my local congregation as well as work on specialized public relations projects for the Church in my regional community. The best part is, I often get to participate with my wife in these opportunities to serve, which really makes this a family affair for us. We get to use our skills to show people how Mormons are helping others, while, at the same time, hopefully, helping our friends understand what inspires Mormons in the first place.

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

I recommend some of the Church's official resources, including mormon.org and the full-time LDS missionaries serving in the community. While it can be eye-opening to talk with people who have experience with Mormons or who are experts on religion, I really think there's a lot more value in going directly to the source. Talk to a Mormon who considers him or herself an 'active' member of the faith - you'll learn a lot! Show more Show less