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Hi I'm Matt

I grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. I'm a medical doctor and speak three languages. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently finished 14 years of training to be a physician. I am a radiologist, a doctor who uses all kinds of medical imaging to diagnose and treat illnesses, and I love it. But being a husband and father has been my most important dream; my wife and I are expecting our seventh child soon, and though it keeps us super busy, we wouldn't have it any other way. I am an avid do-it-yourselfer-- I've built fences, a shed, installed sprinkling, lots of shelving, and a garden. When we lived in Michigan, each winter I piled snow high to have our own family sled arena right in our yard. :) We are close to finishing a major painting project in our home. The next big project? A dual-level treehouse by our backyard oak tree. Good books may be my favorite relaxation. J.R.R. Tolkein, Robert Jordan, Orson Scott Card, C.S. Lewis-- the list of my favorite authors goes on.

Why I am a Mormon

Being born to a family of Church members didn't mean I had to follow this life. I had to learn for myself that it was true. I've done this on a continual basis by trying to do what I know is right. I learn those things from scripture study, from prayer, from trusted spiritual leaders and friends. The great thing about the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that we can also learn directly from the Holy Spirit, and He is the best teacher. Because of these teachings and the faith that comes from living them, I don't have any serious doubts about how to be happy, why I should get up in the morning, or how I should conduct my business and personal life.

How I live my faith

We all live what we know and believe. I know life has a purpose. I know that by loving and helping others, I also help myself. Sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ is one of the greatest services anyone can do. I know that honest physical and mental work is ennobling and enriching. I know that I need to enjoy life today, or I am unlikely to ever enjoy it. I know that how I live with my family is more important than anything else I will ever do in life.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Matt
We love to have visitors and members alike in our services. The Latter-day Saints ought to be the most welcoming and loving people you will ever meet, inasmuch as we live our religion. We sing hymns of worship and instruction, socialize, and learn from each other through organized scripture study and open discussion, guided by the Holy Spirit. Come and see! :) Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Matt
No. We respect, admire, and are grateful to him for his work and service, just as we are to other prophets of God like Adam, Moses, and Isaiah. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Matt
We do. We believe that because God loves people today as much as He has always loved His children, He has been sharing His words with prophets throughout the world's history, any time there have been people who wanted to hear those words. Prophets generally write down the messages that God inspires them with or speaks to them, and these inspired words are scripture. Because there have been good people in most areas of the world besides Israel throughout much of earth's history, there are more scriptures than just the Holy Bible (although the Bible is beautifully unique in chronicling Jesus' 33 years of earth life prior to his crucification and resurrection). Show more Show less