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Hi I'm Matt

I'm a husband. I'm a father. I'm an accountant.. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband, a father, and an accountant/CPA candidate. I grew up in Idaho where I spent a lot of time not quite fitting in. I served a mission in the Dominican Republic, where I began to learn to relate to other people. That change allowed me to meet and marry the woman of my dreams in Arizona. A late bloomer, I began my freshman year at ASU at age 28. I struggled to balance the responsibilities of a full-time job and a growing family with the intense demands of being a full-time student, but I finished with a master's degree and started my career in public accounting. Now, I spend a lot of my time trying to raise three energetic boys and a beautiful princess. While I cannot be with them around the clock, I love nothing more than working and playing with them. In quieter moments, I love to read - politics, economics, fantasy, and science fiction. And there is little is more relaxing to me than a few hours fishing the Salt River on an early spring Saturday.

Why I am a Mormon

As I prepared to go into the world as a young missionary for the church, my parents challenged me to answer this question for myself. I took seriously their challenge to read the Book of Mormon; Every day, during my morning break, I pulled out the book and found a shady patch of grass where I could read. I began to understand who God was, that he had a plan, and that I had a part in that plan. I learned that our Savior, Jesus Christ, loves me, and that His Atonement is real. I felt His love as I prayed to my Heavenly Father, and I felt a witness of truth when I asked if the Book of Mormon was true. Through that and other experiences, I have repeatedly tasted of the abundant goodness that comes from being a disciple of Christ. By following the truths revealed through a living prophet of God, my family has been blessed, protected, and strengthened against the storms of life.

How I live my faith

I have never been considered a rugged, outdoor type of person. As a young teen, I was only moderately active in my scout troop, and I never achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. I was shocked when someone thought I was the best choice to serve as the Young Men President, helping to support the scouting program in our organization. But I knew it was a call from God to serve, and I accepted. While working with the youth, I have been able to share with them the goodness and tender mercies of God. I have seen them rise up to the expectations that God has for them to be men who work hard and overcome challenges to achieve worthwhile goals. At the same time, I have learned how to be a better father to my own sons as they grow through adolescence, I have become more organized, and I have grown a bit – if only a bit – more adventurous. I live my faith by trying to know and do God's will, even if I don't believe I am the most qualified for the job. At least part of His will is that we lift the burden of others and try to make the path easier for them to follow. I know, when I rappel off that 120 foot cliff, that I am telling 15 young men and the world that God is greater than all of my fears and insecurities, and that it is ALWAYS worth it to follow Him.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Christ taught his disciples that they should follow Him. He invited Peter to leave his nets. He invited the rich man to sell all that he had and to follow Him. He invited the woman taken in adultery to "sin no more". In all things, our Savior asks us to act. The Epistle of James teaches "shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works" (James 2:18). God grants the grace of the Atonement to those who repent in faith demonstrated by their willingness to keep the commandments. A Book of Mormon prophet named Lehi taught, "There is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah" (2 Nephi 2:8). Show more Show less