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Hi I'm Matt

I'm a husband, a dad, a computer nerd. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a recovering nerd--I was the kid in math class who always knew the answers. That led me as a young teenager into the thrilling and heart-pounding world of computer science. OK, that's kind of tongue-in-cheek, but I really did find it thrilling...although heart-pounding might be an exaggeration. I feel lucky to still be doing something I love (and getting paid for it!). I work for a medical solutions company, overseeing the engineering department. My group creates software that helps respiratory and rehab therapists in hospitals all across the country get patients better faster. I enjoy being part of something that helps others. Anyway, that's my description of my job, which I prefer to my young daughters' description: "Dad's job is to type on the computer--BORING!" Speaking of family, that's where I try to spend as much time as possible. I'm a husband to a beautiful wife and a dad to 5 wonderful daughters. Estrogen 6, Testosterone 1--completely outnumbered and loving it.

Why I am a Mormon

I belong to the Church because it makes me happy. I know it seems paradoxical to those outside the Church that living under so many "restrictions" brings happiness, but nonetheless, that's how it works. God's plan is a plan of happiness and the more I learn about and live it, the happier I feel. Problems arise, of course--there are always problems!--but they seem so much smaller and more manageable when I choose to follow God's plan as best I can.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is an interesting mix of pushing yourself to do more while feeling happy where you currently are. I suppose it's something like the proper perspective we should have with a physical exercise program or learning a new talent or skill: enjoy the progress you've achieved, but keep trying to improve. I currently serve as bishop of our ward. A bishop is the "buck stops here" guy for most issues that come up. If I didn't try to apply this "interesting mix," I think the load would get overwhelming. For example, our ward has about 400 members, most of whom show up on Sundays. So I'm happy about that. But we keep trying to reach the others who don't. Most of the families in our ward try to live the gospel and make their homes peaceful and spiritual. I'm grateful for that. But we keep trying to help those who don't try. I have to rejoice in the successes *and* work on the gaps. If I only focused on the gaps (the empty part of the glass), I'd get discouraged pretty quickly. A bishop also counsels those who are struggling with sin, or pain, or great need. Seeing the Atonement of Jesus Christ turn someone's life around has to be the most rewarding part of being a bishop. It really is the Savior who softens and heals people's hearts. It's not the bishop or anyone else. I heard a speaker once say, "The bishop's job is to hand out tissues." Often I feel like a spectator, watching the Savior do His work in the lives of others. As one of our hymns says, "Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me."