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Hi I'm Matt

I'm a Mountain Man, I have a cow heart, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

The three most important things in my life are God, my family, and nature. I love telling stories, joking around with people, and enjoying life. So far it's been a pretty wild ride! I come from a relatively small family with just my parents and two younger brothers, but I don't know how many more of us the world could take! My brothers are my best friends and my parents are my role models. You could say that I am obsessed with nature. All together I have spent a year of my life camping in the Rocky Mountains, I'm an avid hiker and have summited 7 peaks this year, and I have worked at resident summer camps for scouts since the age of 15. I also fly fish, ski, snow cave, mountain bike, and shoot. My next goal is to learn how to rock climb! I was born with a heart murmur and at the age of 17 replaced my aortic heart valve with cow heart tissue. We say that because of my newfound cow parts I cannot eat hamburger or I'll get mad cow disease. I love pushing the limits of what I am expected to be able to do, and making up stories about how I got all my surgical scars. I'm a college student and plan on going into international development.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in Salt Lake City and my family has deep set roots in this church that go back to Pioneer times. In spite of all of this I decided mid way through my teens that churches in general were too farfetched and became agnostic. In my late teens we discovered that I needed open heart surgery to replace my aortic valve. I had 3 surgeries prior to this one, but none that are so dangerous or painful. It made me really stop and reassess my life, and I realized how empty I felt about who I was, and how terrified I was of dying. I remembered the faith and example of my parents and decided for the first time in my life to sincerely read the Book of Mormon, and pray to ask God not just if this were His church, but if He even existed. I didn't see a ray of light or even hear a voice, but the answer I got goes beyond the senses. It was pure love and peace, a definite presence that entered the room as I asked, known as the Holy Ghost. I know with every fiber of my being that God lives and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and all of its ascribed doctrines are of God and true. My life has done a complete 180 since then. My life is so rewarding and so full. I served a full-time 2 year mission in New Jersey speaking Portuguese, Spanish and English. My life and my faith have become so intertwined it is impossible to separate the two. It influences every decision I make from who I date to what I study in school. And I believe I'm better for it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to follow the Savior. Going out and doing service is super important to me. I also read from the scriptures for at least a half an hour a day, go to church every week, and try to remain as active as I can throughout the week, whether it be going out to teach people with the missionaries, visiting members of the congregation, or whatever else I can do.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

If you found a cure to cancer would you keep it to yourself? This message is true! And the only way to know is to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. Our missionaries don't bible bash, they don't convince, and they don't just go out and give people that live by our church pamphlets on Saturday Mornings. They go out every day and invite people to read the Book of Mormon, ponder the message it contains, and ask God if it is true. That will convince you every time.  Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

On my mission I learned an old Ghanaian saying from a member of the church who, in the face of much opposition, taught people about the Church and from the Book of Mormon in Ghana since the 60's. "The tree with the best fruit always gets the most rocks thrown at it." People have and always will oppose God's teachings and His true church. But I know that the fruit that this Gospel brings is sweeter than anything else this life has to offer. Show more Show less