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Hi I'm Matt

I'm an designer and entrepreneur. I'm a surfer, snow boarder and wake surfer. I'm a proud Father of 6 children. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a big family. I have 3 older brothers and 3 younger sisters. I joke that I was beat up by my older brothers and told on my my little sisters. What do you expect, I was a middle child. But it was the best. My family and I are very close. I think this was due to the "crazy-fun", yet wonderful parents of mine. I was taught from an early age to dream big. "If you don't dream, dreams can't come true." I experimented with sports, surfing, snow boarding and anything that was competitive, yet a contact experience. I also loved the arts and dreamed of becoming a famous artist. I attended Art Center College of Design and now own my own Graphic Design Studio. This keeps me pretty busy, but I love being a father and husband more. So, I brag that my most famous artwork is found in my children.

Why I am a Mormon

I've always found safety in believing in a God. In fact, when I was even a child and teen, I really enjoyed church. I loved the people, the music and the teachings. But it wasn't until I was about 17 when I really wanted to find out for myself if the gospel of Jesus Christ was really true and what I wanted in my life. Again, being raised in a large family there was never a quiet place to just think. So, I often would escape the "madness" and climb on the roof, lean against our brick chimney and think about stuff. During a two week period, I remember finding myself up on the roof thinking about religion. I remember bringing my scriptures up with me and reading. One evening I knelt down on the shingles and asked if there really was a God and if what I was learning was truth. After I said "Amen", I just laid there watching the stars. What I felt was more than a feeling, it was more like an understanding. Everything was just clear and felt right. I was on the right track and I knew I needed to continue down the path my parents were guiding me on. Since then I've had many other experiences like this which has helped guide decisions and choices. I find it important for me to keep moving forward in learning about Jesus and his teachings. But most of all, I feel motivated to live my life by those understandings I've been taught in my studies and prayers. I have really grown to love the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You know, this world we live in has so many distractions and just crazy stuff that sort of rejoices in confusing us. I think all too often we experience selfishness, self doubt and even bitterness. I find strength from my belief and hope in knowing that there is a plan that God has given me to help me find self esteem, self worth, and forgiveness. I really think it's my faith in the Lord that helps me to keep feeling that peace I felt on my parents roof so many years ago. I love the Lord.

How I live my faith

Hopefully everything I do shows how I live my faith. Currently, most of my energies go toward raising my family. That is not an easy job- working all hours of the day and night, never knowing what conflict I'll have to resolve or what catastrophe I'll either have to face or try and evade, all on too few hours of sleep to function properly. Motherhood is a constant juggling act, trying to meet needs and wants when every child's urgency shouts, "This is an EMERGENCY and needs attention NOW!" It is in these moments of frustration, when I'm stretched beyond belief that my faith buoys me up. I am constantly reminded to pray for strength beyond my own. I plead for divine guidance and help, because I can't do this job alone. I also constantly asking for forgiveness when I fall short of my ideal! I hope that the way I live is teaching my children Who to turn to both in times of need and to show gratitude for all we've been blessed with. Outside of my home I try to live my faith by serving in my community and helping at my kids' school. God has no hands but our hands. It makes me feel good to know I'm partnering with God in using the gifts and talents He has given me to lift and bless others.