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Hi I'm Matt

I'm a Mormon, I'm a Podiatry student at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ and I'm a husband.

About Me

I enjoy running and the outdoors. I picked up guitar in high school and taught myself most of what I know. I have played in a few small bands in college. The music was fun and I got to meet and play music with a lot of people. I don't have as much time to play anymore and I miss it! I am in a medical school studying podiatry now and find time in-between studying to plug my guitar in and hope my neighbors can't hear. I am in my second year of podiatry school and I recently got married the day after I finished my last exam in my first year. Marriage has been great and I can't believe I waited this long! My wife is tops. There's nothing better than having someone there with you in life as a partner in all that you do.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the Church. My parents on both sides have ancestors that came across the country as pioneers to Utah and Idaho. So I guess it is kind of in my blood. I feel blessed to have been taught this gospel from my childhood and it was a great way to be raised. I have developed my beliefs and convictions throughout my life and I base my decision to believe that the Book of Mormon, Joeseph Smith, and current leaders in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on feelings. As a medical student, I have been studying anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, etc. and as with any student it takes up most of my time. It is rewarding though. After I have been memorizing or trying to figure out some complex mechanism, it will finally "click" for me and I understand. Any one who has studied anything I am sure has had this same satisfying feeling of solving the problem. In studying the gospel and religious topics, searching for answers in life is somewhat similar. I study the scriptures and look for the Lord's direction in my life and after I put in some time and effort and wait for Him, I will get the answers. These answers are different though, they still come in a moment of clarity where there was confusion before but they also have feelings that go with them that I know come from God. I know God through these feelings. They will come to me when I study His words in the scriptures, including the Book of Mormon, and when I go to my church meetings (I feel like God has shared many many messages to me personally through someone asked to speak at our sacrament meetings or conferences). I love these feelings and it is why I believe. I think that this is how God speaks to us. I think this is the basis of faith; to feel, to know where the feeling comes from, and to act on those feelings.

How I live my faith

My wife and I are librarians in the ward at our church. We help get materials like pictures, videos, and copies to teachers to help their classes. It's a great way to help out and it keeps us busy. I volunteer to substitute teach also when a teacher is not able to. I like teaching. My wife and I try to get involved where we can and just recently we helped paint an elderly couple's home with the Paint-a-thon. A few weeks ago we also went and taught scouts the first aid merit badge (so hopefully it never comes to this, but if it does there are a couple of 13 year olds floating around here that know wrap up your broken arm :) ). Me and one other guy from the church are given 2 families that we go and visit each month to teach them a lesson about the gospel and if they ever need any service we are there to help. My wife and I have two guys that come and do the same for us, they come and teach us a lesson in our home, talk about what we have going on and we always have a prayer together. It might sound funny, but it is pretty neat. It's an active religion that we live. These are all things that just kind of are there pretty much everyone in the ward we go to is involved in similar programs. We don't hardly even have to look for the opportunities to serve each other, just be ready to say yes when they come. I know that God lives and that He has directed me. I have been blessed to feel His help and comfort with me through a lot of challenges and I rely on Him. I just taught a lesson today in church about Our Father in Heaven and it was the first lesson in the book Gospel Principles that I taught out of. I realized that it really is the first lesson to learn, the one that all the rest should be built on. Knowing that God lives is the biggest factor in how I make those big life decisions.