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Hi I'm Matthew

I am from Southeastern Ohio. I work for a construction company. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the father of three girls that are 10months, 8years and 11years. I work as a senior estimator for a construction company that builds roads, moves earth, installs pipe and builds concrete structures. I like to hunt, fish and spend time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

My wife was an inactive member of the Church when we got married. Shortly after our second child was born, she started going to church and I would join her from time to time. Over the next eight years my attendance became more regular for periods of time and I developed many close friends through church. In those years, I spent a lot of time fishing, dining and attending church activities with my family and new church friends. As my girls got older they would ask me to go to church with them. After awhile I ran out of reasons to not go and started to attend church regularly. It was four or five months before my middle daughter's eigth birthday that the leader of our church challanged me to be the one that baptized my daughter. This made me realize that I owed it to my family to at least find out for myself if the Church was true. I started taking the missionary discussions and reading the Book of Mormon. Over time and much praying and reading I received the answers that I seeked and was baptized in time to baptize my daughter. Since then, I haven't looked back and have come to realize that it was the best decision that I've ever made. My family has been blessed and will continue to be blessed for this decision.

How I live my faith

I try to improve myself daily from a spiritual and physical standpoint. I constantly strive to be a better father, husband, church member and person in general. Since I was baptized and joined the Church, I was fortunate enough to be called to a leadership position in one of the men's groups. I've been involved in organizing activities about family preparedness and other work projects. These have been rewarding experiences. I've also had several opportunities to go into members' homes and teach the gospel and minister to their needs spiritually and physically. This Church is not a church for spectators, all members are encouraged to actively teach the gospel, perform missionary work and participate in activities.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Attending church is what most people think of when they think of going to church on Sunday. We go to church to receive the Sacrament and attend Sunday Schools and other meetings. Temple attendance is reserved for sacred ceremonies such as endowment sessions, the sealing of families and baptisms for the dead. Show more Show less