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Hi I'm Matthew.

I was raised by parents who taught me the value of strong family bonds, dilligence and being sincere in all things. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a work in progress! I'm blissfully married to my best friend and together we have four beautiful children. I'm a college graduate as well as student of life. I played baseball, football and rugby in my younger days; now I enjoy participating in activities with my family like camping, rock climbing, snow skiing, bike riding, soccer, hiking and swimming. As a boy, I loved helping my father work on carpentry and other household projects; this has evolved over time into a somewhat respectable proficiency with tools! Since I can remember, I've always had an appreciation for all types of music (lately though, I'm partial to sound of my wife and daughters playing our piano)! I genuinely enjoy recreational reading but rarely set aside time to do it. I have amassed a wealth of useless pop culture knowledge over the years, which makes me a "first-round pick" as partner for my wife when we play trivia-based games. I really enjoy conversing with people but I'm not afraid to sit back and silently observe life around me. In the end though, I believe that I'm most defined by my family: my wife and my children are my greatest source of joy to which I dedicate my life's work to their service and their well-being!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert to the Church. After being raised in the Catholic Church, I struggled not only in finding my spiritual "identity" but in truly understanding my relationship with The Savior. Despite the fallibility of my youth, I always had a testimony of the presence and grace of Heavenly Father - I just failed to embrace my role in his divine Plan. After years of unfulfilled investigation into other religions - both Eastern and Western thought - fate brought me the opportunity to read the Book of Mormon. The undeniable truth found within its pages opened my mind and heart to further truths of the gospel itself - enriching my life as I progress in its study. With the gracious and selfless support of several returned missionaries, my fiancée/wife and her family, as well as my parents, I was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church over ten years ago. Since that fateful event, my eyes have been opened to truth of my divine potential and purpose, and as such, my life has since been so much more meaningful, more enriched as it permeates with the joys and peace promised by the Eternal Father. Why am I a Mormon? I'm a Mormon because God's grace, the Savior's atonement, and the eternal truths contained in the gospel have revealed themselves to me in a way that I cannot deny them and - in turn - motivate me to follow the teachings of Christ and progress in a way that I might become a better son, a better father, a better husband and a better example to all that I meet.

How I live my faith

When I was younger, my parents taught me - both directly and by their example - how to be in service of those whom you care about. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, my opportunity to be in service of others has been made more acutely apparent, which is a "curriculum" I'm truly grateful to be a student of. I have been granted opportunities to participate in social activity planning, in coordinating projects to lend a helping hand to people in need of a "few strong backs", and in teaching children (as well as leading men in discussions of) gospel principles of kindness, forgiveness, personal responsibility and faith. These opportunities - combined with others like home teaching and participating in local food drives - have not only enriched the lives of all of their participants, they have humbled me and helped me to be more cognizant of and grateful for the blessings in my life. In following Christ's teachings and his example, I have learned that service within my ward quickly segues into edifying service in both my personal life and in my community. In my own experience, few things can bring about the same kind of peace and uplifting sense of purpose as being in service of those in need!