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Hi I'm Matt

I am a philosopher and a dentist. I am a singer and a sports nut. I love yoga and yogurt. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First and foremost, I am a family man. What matters the very most to me is that I am a dad and a husband. Lizzy and I just celebrated our eighth wedding anniversary and we have two beautiful children, five-year-old Cole who just started kindergarten this year and nearly three-year-old Sarah who just made an appearance in our house as Snow White and Cinderella in the same day. My greatest blessing has been and continues to be my amazing family. I was born and raised in the Cottonwood Heights area near Salt Lake City, Utah. My dear parents and siblings are also my closest friends. After high school I served a mission, first in Virginia and then in northern Argentina, mostly in Salta and Tucuman. I then completed my BA in Philosophy at BYU before moving off to sweet Carolina where I graduated from dental school at the University of North Carolina. I have now worked in private practice as a dentist in both Portland, Oregon and now in the Denver, Colorado area. We love our new mile high home and hope to be here for good. I enjoy sports, music, and just being outside. Currently I work with the Young Men in our local church.

Why I am a Mormon

My choice to live with faith came over the course of a few years. My parents and extended family in Utah were active, committed members of the Mormon faith and provided stability and strength to me. As a teenager, I wasn't so sure about whether this particular church was the right one for me. I had learned all my life that the path to an answer about the truth travels through the Book of Mormon. I had not read it yet so in response to a challenge to read the book from our local youth leaders, I read the entire book in about six months. I prayed each time I read that I would receive an answer about this book and this church. It wasn't until I finished the last page that I recognized the answers had been coming all along. Time spent in study with the book had brought the peace and strength of the Holy Spirit to my heart. I am reading the Book of Mormon again this year, now as part of a challenge to the youth in my church that I now teach and lead. Even though 15 years have passed since the first time I read the book myself, I still feel that familiar voice of God reminding me that this is His book. And that book has lead me to find joy in Christ. Above all the book teaches and testifies of Jesus and His mission and message.

How I live my faith

I hope that I live my faith in just about everything I do. To live a life patterned after the Savior, Jesus Christ, is to live with love for others at all times. In my work as a dentist, I love helping others with real needs. Nothing is more rewarding professionally than getting that phone call or card afterwards that expresses gratitude for newfound health and hope. I treat my patients with the same care and concern that I learned as a missionary in Argentina, reaching and teaching others in a personal way. In my assignment as a youth leader, we work together to help the teenage boys find adventure and fun in Scouting and other fun activities. They recently hiked for three days in Wyoming along the same pioneer trails walked by the Mormon pioneers in the nineteenth century, pulling handcarts and working hard together. Each Sunday I teach a gospel-centered lesson to the older boys. I live my faith by looking after the boys and finding joy in their journey; each one is unique and is known and loved by Him. I find joy as I learn to feel for them as He does. Nothing brings more joy that knowing you have helped as He would help another. In my life at home with my family, I live my faith in the everyday moments. We pray together as a family at mealtime and before bedtime with our little children and with my wife. We worship together on Sunday as a family and we read the scriptures most everyday. Cole often reminds me when I forget. I find my faith to me most useful when things don't go well, when life's ride goes off the rails. Lessons of forgiveness and love are best learned by me at home. I do believe life is made for the family and I find my greatest joy in living for mine and loving them all along the way. I need them far more than they need me. I live my faith in my family.