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Hi I'm Matt

I grew up in the great Northwest. I'm a graduate student in the Atmospheric Science program at the U of Washington. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am a grad student at the University of Washington in the Atmospheric Science program. I am a big weather geek, my favorite weather is snow. I like to hang with my family, follow politics and the stock market, read, sing, and play/watch sports.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. In fact, I am a 7th generation member. However, this is NOT the reason that I am a Mormon. It is very common in the church for young men who turn 19 to be missionaries for 2 years. This is obviously a big commitment. Before I left to serve a 'mission,' I had to know for myself that this really was the true church of Jesus Christ, and the doctrine as taught in this faith really was truth. James 1:5 councils 'If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God' and Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount, 'Ask and ye shall receive, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you.' Those scriptures are telling the truth! I asked God, and he answered. That is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

For me, being a Mormon is an every day thing. I like the scripture in James 1:27 about pure religion. That it is all about serving others, and keeping yourself clean. It is not just about going to church every Sunday, but truly living what is taught there. I very much enjoy going to church every Sunday though. It is always nice to be among friends in the congregation. In the church, there is no paid ministry, but rather it is all done through volunteers. I serve as a clerk, just helping to keep things organized within the congregations in the area. I am also part of a program which visits with families monthly just to see how they are doing. It is a wonderful program and I've made a lot of good friends that way. I guess most of all, being a Mormon means the most to me in those quiet moments when I can just sit and ponder things. When I can look up in the sky and know that somewhere out there, there is indeed a God, and we are his children, and he loves us. I feel at peace knowing that my family and I can be with him one day. I am so grateful for the the teachings I have learned, as they answer all the deep questions of life.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Matt
It is indeed strongly suggested that we serve missions. Of course I could have chose not too. But why would I choose not too? Like, imagine if you were given the most wonderful gift ever, and one that brought you immense joy and peace. Does it make any sense to keep it to yourself? I was able to help people receive this gift on my mission in Southern Mexico. Yes, it was hot, the language was difficult, and homesickness was always there. I am so happy that I made the decision to serve a mission though! I will never forget the people I met and taught the gospel to. I will also never forget how their lives changed as they came unto Christ. The thing is, this is only half the reason that it is highly suggested that we serve missions. The other half of it is that I was so blessed for serving a mission. I am a better husband in father because of it. I am tougher in the face of adversity. I can speak another language. I was blessed with many friendships. I wish I can do it again! Show more Show less