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Hi I'm Matthew

I'm a swimmer,CPA, father, husband, and a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married and have two young boys and work as a CPA for a company that monitors fleet vehicles. To keep in shape, I swim three mornings a week and try to spend my free time with my family. We go on road trips and work in our community garden. Someday we hope to have a house and are saving for it!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon church. My mother joined the church when she was 23, got married and raised us seven children in the church. My father is not a member of the church, but was always very supportive. Of us seven children, some are in the church still and others have decided not to be involved in the church. I decided to stay with the church because it has only brought good things in my life. As I have followed the teachings of the church, I have noticed my life is better, and I'm happier than many people I know.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every day, not just on Sundays. I read scriptures with my family, I pray before meals and at bed time. Monday nights we have a spiritual lesson with our family, even though our son is really young. We keep it simple. I also visit other Mormons that we haven't seen at church in a while just to see how they are doing and if they need anything. I also volunteer as a clerk in the church group keeping track of records and helping all of the other groups, like the women's group and the children's group.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

In the Mormon church, we all take turns doing the jobs it takes to run the church. This way, we know what it is like to be a normal person with a family and a job, but we also get the benefits and the blessings of service and sacrifice. Also, we rotate through these assignments and that way we all get the experience and get to do things we might not normally do, like being a teacher, speaker, planning events, and meeting people I might not normally get to know. Show more Show less