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Hi I'm Matt

I'm a Software Engineer, an aspiring Sci-Fi/Fantasy author, a husband, and a father. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a dad. I love playing with my kids. They're currently 4 and 2. I'm a big fan of reading (mostly Sci-Fi/Fantasy, but also non-fiction) and writing. I went to WorldCon this year, in Reno. That was my first Con, and it was awesome. I'm definitely going to do some more. I like biking, rollerblading, snowboarding, and swimming. I love playing card games and board games with my friends and family (Phase 10, Five Crowns, Risk, Monopoly, Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Pandemic, Dominion, etc.). I love being a software developer. It's so neat to be able to tell a machine to do anything I want and having it do it, so long as I can figure out how to say it in a way the machine understands. I work for a bus company and do tons of stuff with routes, stops, buses, schedules, maps, and GPS.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a Mormon, but to me that's just how I was introduced to my church. If it weren't for some of the experiences I've had in my life, I probably would be atheist by now. I've always been a very logical person, so I understand the point of view of many people who call themselves atheists, and I think that I came very close to becoming atheist myself when I was a teenager. That was when I started looking into my church and asking myself if it made sense, but thankfully I wasn't angry or bitter about anything like so many people are when they feel doubt. I was just trying to figure it out for myself. I went on a camping trip with my scout troop. My troop leaders and the other boys were all Mormon as well, and one of the leaders asked us to bring our scriptures with us on that trip. While we were up in the mountains where it's so peaceful, he asked us to go find somewhere quiet by ourselves and to read 3 Nephi 11 and then to pray and ask if it was true. As I did so I felt a warmth in my chest. It filled me with excitement and brought tears to my eyes, which is a very rare thing for me. From that moment on any time I felt doubts I would just think back to that experience. It would remind me to pray and ask if it was true, and I've always got that same answer, though usually minus the crying. And usually whatever it was that had caused me to feel those doubts would soon be made clear to me. I love this Gospel because it is the most beautiful thing in this world. If somehow I'm deluding myself and this isn't the true Gospel of Jesus Christ then the World couldn't possibly be as good a place as I believe it is. I've studied other religions, both Christian and non-Christian, and none of them offer near the amount of happiness as the one I love and know to be true.

How I live my faith

I serve in my ward as Emergency Preparedness Specialist. That means it's my job to make sure everyone in my ward knows what they need to do to be ready for emergencies: Phone Numbers, Food Storage, Staying out of Debt, etc. Our ward has a paper program given to everyone every week, and I put an emergency preparedness tip in every week's program. One thing I felt inspired to say was for people to be charitable. This helps them in two ways. First is that if everyone is charitable, then when you're the one in need there is more likely to be someone else willing to help you. Second is that when you give you earn blessings from Heavenly Father, and He will look out for you when you're the one in need.