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Hi I'm Matt

I'm a student. I'm an audiophile who loves racket sports. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I despise stereotypes and broad generalizations. I also love people. A life built around those two characteristics has exposed me to a great variety of interests and individuals. Travel around the world has helped me to realize this. My general tendency to try new things and learn about them has facilitated commonality with many different and wonderful people, which brings me great joy. There are of course some hobbies that have stood out among others for me through life besides people: I love sports, particularly squash and tennis. I love music, particularly the Fleet Foxes and The Bad Plus. I love technology and its engendering my organization, productivity, and study. I've recently returned to school in pursuit of a graduate degree in business.

Why I am a Mormon

Initially, I was a Mormon because I was raised that way. My family did their best to teach me good principles, much of which stemmed from the Mormon church. As I grew up, I was a Mormon because my friends were Mormons. I watched the way Mormonism changed their lives and made them better and noticed similar effects in my own life. But I came to a point in my life when I realized that being a Mormon is something I needed to be sure about, regardless of my surroundings and social circles. If this was truly something I believed in and was willing to represent as a part of who I am, I needed to know. So I read the Book of Mormon. I genuinely tried the promises given by Alma and Moroni and found that they were in fact true, and that I loved them. I subsequently gave up two years of my life in dedication to sharing this love with others; a period of time in which I learned more about faith, love, and life than I ever had during the previous two decades. I continue to develop and live by these convictions which have brought me the greatest happiness. It is tremendously meaningful to me to know that God loves me so much that He was willing to sacrifice his Son on my behalf. I'm so grateful that He has provided a way through His Son, Jesus Christ, that I may be able to return and and live with Him and those I love forever. I know His church has been restored in modern day through a prophet, Joseph Smith; and that very same church is lead today by a living prophet, just as it was in the time of Christ. I know that the Book of Mormon testifies of Christ; and though it is a record of ancient people, it was divinely designed for our time and is more relevant today than every before.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through the many little choices and decisions I make every day. I sincerely try to be good to people and respect them wherever I go. If I can show someone a little bit of love through a kind remark or helpful service I have succeeded in that moment. For me, everything begins on this microscopic level. Here a person's character and reputation is born, built, or broken. I feel strongly that the "big" moments in life are no more than the sum of our behavior in the many little moments of our day-to-day lives. Small moments of charity and giving have led me to organize events both through my local community and through church to do good. In high school I raised money to build a school in Africa. Before I moved to graduate school, I organized a charity auction and sold my belongings to raise money for Type 1 Diabetes research. I would not be as willing to love and give if I did not learn from the example of Christ as well as many, many other individuals I have met who have inspired me. Without a foundation of truth built upon gospel principles I would not be who I am today.