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Hi I'm Matt

I grew up in a small town in Kansas. I just started Med-school with three kids and an awesome wife. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I started out my young adult life focusing my professional dreams on music. I sang in choirs and semi-professional groups. I won awards and had a lot of fun. As time passed I realized that although music would be a major focus in my life, it was not going to be my profession. I got married and life changed forever. In a good way. We started a small business and worked hard to make it successful. At the height of success, we made a strange decision to go back to school to finish my degree, and it saved our lives. Three kids and a degree in Neuroscience later, we headed off to med-school. Now we are starting a new adventure, looking forward to a career where I can truly help people. I am very excited to practice medicine and help save lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe in Jesus Christ. He is our Savior. I think I have always felt that, at least for as long as I can remember. His example really does affect my life and I am grateful for it. When I was young, my brother passed away, suffering from cancer. He was in constant pain and in a short period of time could barely move. He smiled and laughed with us the entire time. He was worried about us. We were worried about him. What happened was miraculous. As he passed away we felt the loving arms of the Savior care for us and help us through that very difficult time. We believe that our families can be together again and that our Heavenly Father has given this blessing: to be with our loved ones forever. Now, having three kids of my own, this means even more to me than I could ever have imagined. I am grateful for a Father in Heaven that cares enough for us to give us families to care for us, and then gives us the opportunity to live together forever.

How I live my faith

For the past few years I have taught a missionary preparation course. The young men and women, 17 - 19 years old, would come in and we would talk about what it's like to be a missionary. There are a lot of challenges going on a mission at the age of 19. It's hard to leave home for two years, and for many young men and women it is their first true teaching experience. We spent a lot of time practicing teaching. The lessons are centered around Jesus and His work. It is a lot of fun working with the youth, to see their beliefs blossom. I worked very hard to make sure that they prayed about the things that were taught so that they could receive a witness for themselves rather than just listen to me teach and believe me. I have found that we each need to find out the truth for ourselves and who better to ask than the Father of us all.

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

We believe in Jesus Christ. It can be confusing that we are called Mormons by some and there are people that try to convince others that we are not Christian, but nothing could be further from the truth. If you pointed to any picture of Jesus and asked my kids, 'Who is that?' It wouldn't matter if they had never seen the picture before. They just know. 'It's Jesus.' We spend a lot of time teaching the kids about the Savior so that they know who to be thankful for and whom to turn to when they are facing the hard problems that life brings. Show more Show less