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Hi I'm Matt

I'm a doctor, a father, an ultimate frisbee player, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like to joke and tell people I am in the 22nd grade. But such is the life of every doctor. I grew up in Utah and had a very normal uneventful childhood. I went to BYU and then attended medical school in Wisconsin and I am completing my anesthesiology residency in Colorado. My wife and I have two children, ages 2 and 4. We are very active and enjoy running and playing ultimate frisbee. The highlight of each week is taking the kids to our frisbee games and enjoying that time together. It's also fun to win.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church, meaning both of my parents were members of the church. But like all members who were raised in the church at some point I had to decide for myself whether The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contained the truth or not. The Book of Mormon has a promise that if we study its words, ponder them in our hearts, and then ask God if they are true, it will be revealed to us by the power of the Holy Ghost. During High School I was challenged to try that promise for myself. I learned that as I read the book and studied its message I knew it was true. I felt peace and comfort each time I opened its pages. This peace and joy continues to be reconfirmed daily as I attend church, say my prayers, and read the scriptures. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches all the truths necessary to return to live with our Heavenly Father after this life. It teaches us that Jesus Christ is our Savior and that only through Him we can have eternal life. As a Father I want my children to know who their Redeemer is and follow Him. I know that my Father in Heaven forgives me when I make a mistake just like I try to forgive my children when they don't do what is right. In medicine I have a unique experience to be apart of life's greatest joys and sorrows. The absolute joy found in the Labor and Delivery ward is in contrast to the pain and suffering found in the trauma and burn intensive care unit. You quickly learn that life is fragile and it can change in the blink of an eye. I find great peace knowing that my family can be together forever. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints believes that families can be joined or sealed for time and all eternity in a sacred ceremony in LDS temples. My wife and I were married in the Mt. Timpanogos Temple in 2005. As I return home from work each day I give my family a big hug knowing that we will never be apart.

How I live my faith

Some people think being mormon is hard. Or weird. I can understand why our different lifestyles may seem far out there for mainstream individuals. However, once you understand why we do what we do, it becomes easy. These profiles hopefully let you know that we are normal just like everyone else. We have jobs, play sports, go shopping, and spend time together with family and friends like others. You might not even know someone is mormon unless they tell you, or you notice they are going to church and not drinking. I live my faith quietly by reading scriptures, attending church and saying personal prayers. I teach my children to follow Jesus Christ through reading the Children's Scripture Stories every night, holding family prayer, and participating in a weekly Family Home Evening. My faith shapes the way I speak, the movies I watch, the music I listen to, and my daily actions. Once you understand that all these things I am doing are to follow our Savior's teachings, suddenly they don't seem to weird or difficult to do.