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Hi I'm Matt

I am a husband, father of six children, outdoor enthusiast, sports fan, a public school employee and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to my wife for 18 years and we have been fortunate to have six children, four girls and two boys. We met at college, fell in love and married just before the final semester before we both earned college degrees. My degree was in business management and we moved to Washington so I could begin working in the retail management field. After a year, I returned to college in Washington to study to become work in education at the high school level. After teaching for four years, I became a high school adminstrator. Working to help young people have as many opportunities as possible is rewarding work for me. I participate in a variety of outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, hiking/backpacking, swimming, camping and a variety of athletic activities. I also enjoy reading nonfiction. I enjoy finding time to spend with my wife and good adult friends as well as providing memorable experiences that are not too distant or expensive with our children.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints since my birth. Prior to baptism at the age of eight, I felt good about the things I was taught at church and in my home. As I became a teenager and travelled with sports teams and had conversations at school with friends not of my faith, I was presented with a variety of doctrines pertaining to salvation for the soul and Christian principals. Tenets of my own faith such as abstainance from drugs, alcohol and tobacco, not dating until the age of 16 and maintaining a belief in contemporary, modern prophets were common topics. I have a great deal of respect for my friends and wanted to be honest and to have integrity. These conversations were the stimulus for me to question, study and to seek answers about the principles I had been taught. As I would find time to study and pray, my convictions or truth of these principles and others became more firm in my heart and mind. As I continued to live the principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I found great peace, joy and comfort in what came as consequences of those choices. I observed the difficulties that came into the lives of some of my friends as a result of making other decisions and this further confirmed my previous feelings. I am a Mormon because those feelings of peace, love, joy and contentment continue in my life today. I know that my Heavenly Father loves all of his children and is aware of my individual needs. As I turn to Him in prayer, study his word in the holy scriptures including the Book of Mormon and excercise my faith in his son Jesus Christ, I recieve blessings that enrich my life and testify to my heart and mind of the reality of His love. Each time I pray in faith, He answers.

How I live my faith

I currently work in the organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as a member of a council that works with a lay leader of several congregations of members. This council meets two times a month on a weekday evening. I have been assigned to speak in at least one Sunday meeting of a congregration or ward in my local area a month. I enjoy the study and preparation it takes to prepare for this responsibility. In my own congregation, I have been assigned to visit and serve three different families. I prepare a lesson on a gospel topic and make one formal visit a month but make attempts to contact with each of them more than that. This is one of my favorite things to do as this connection strengthens me and has led to a wonderful friendship. I live my faith in my home by having prayer as a family morning and evening. We also read passages of scriptures each night and play games on Sunday and Monday nights. Each month, I make time to visit with each of my children informally to listen to them and the challenges they face. I enjoy developing a relationship with each of them as individuals. I study and pray daily for scriptures as well and write in my journal 2 or 3 times a month. My journal writing helps me to feel good about challenges I may be facing and help me to see how inspiration from the Holy Spirit has influenced my life. Writing in my journal helps me to be more grateful to my Heavenly Father and to other people who have been kind to me or members of my family. Participating in a service project is always a good way to make friends and feel good about doing something positive.