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Hi I'm Matthew

I was born and raised in Calgary Alberta, and I am a student of Optometry at the University of Waterloo. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student of Optometry at the University of Waterloo. The major things that got me into the Health Sciences are my love for Science, especially Biology, my desire to care for people and have time to raise my Family. I am recently married to the girl of my dreams and we hope for kids soon. Science has not always been a passion of mine, but as I have learned about the elegance and majesty of the human body I have been drawn closer to God, as I better understand his handy work. All truth and correct understandings are sent from God, and as I have studied the truthful understandings of the scientific community I am brought to my knees in gratitude to my God for the magnificent world he has designed for us. I also have found a connection with God as I have learned about astronomy and the universe which is his kingdom. The amazing phenomenon of the expanses of space are another beautiful example of God's love for us that I have gained a better appreciation of through Science. When I was a missionary I gained love and care for the people I served, and I have since looked for opportunities to serve others, so that I could love and respect them more. Some of my pursuits in this include learning sign language so I could interpret for one of my best friends who is hard of hearing and improve his quality of life, and some of my friends and I are starting a small charity to improve the lives of our brothers and sisters in Africa through vaccination and education.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My Father loves studying the history of our early church members. I grew up hearing stories and learning details of events in the early church. I was particularly touched when I heard of the struggles, the suffering and the persecution that the early church members endures. I became convinced while young that no lie would be worth enduring what Joseph Smith and the witnesses of the Book of Mormon endured, and to watch everyone close to them suffer as they suffered. That is how my faith began, I believed that Joseph Smith must have been honest when he told of his first vision, and must have been a prophet of God. By connection I trusted the principles that the church taught, like tithing, the word of wisdom (our health code including not smoking or drinking alcohol), and what he taught about faith, repentance and the Lord Jesus Christ. When I was young that trust was enough to sustain me and to guide me through the perils of teenage life. When I turned 19 I served a mission for the church, teaching the gospel to all who would hear me. As I served the Lord in this capacity I learned to trust in and rely on the Lord Jesus Christ, and I gained a personal relationship with him. I saw him work miracles in my life, small and great, I watched him influence others lives and improve them, for example helping them break addictive behaviour that they never could before, and most importantly I received my personal witness that God lives, and that Jesus is my Lord and my Saviour. I will never be the same because of my experiences. As I blessed others lives of others through the power of Christ, I really became a disciple of Christ and gained a testimony of him for myself. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, is my saviour and redeemer, and he is my most important friend. I believe Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God because 200 years after his death he can still lead men like me to Christ.

How I live my faith

I am transient now so I have no specific positions of service in the church right now, but in my years as a member of the Church I have had many opportunities that have stretched me and helped me grow into a better more able person. As a youth I got to organize activities in scouting and weekly youth activities, and I got to organize my peers to serve each others and those in need. We learned about career options and how to make plans for our own futures. By banding together we were able to look out for each other from camping trips to high school halls. As a missionary I learned by experience principles of leadership, teaching and organization. I got the opportunity to train and serve my fellow missionaries and help them excel in their service. I learned to build other people. Since my mission I have had the opportunity to serve as a secretary and assistant to regional leaders in Calgary, to train Sunday School teachers in several congregations, and organize local missionary work.