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Hi I'm Matt

I have had adventures as a whitewater kayaker and a trauma surgeon in Haiti. But my best adventure is being a dad. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband a father a soccer coach a whitewater kayaker a surgeon. My faith is the foundation for each of these roles.

Why I am a Mormon

My experience has been that living the Christian principles taught at my church lead to happiness. The most pivotal of these principles is that we can change. We know that we can leave our past errors behind, that we can be fundamentally changed going forward. We believe that through Jesus Christ we can both be forgiven of our errors, and be empowered to be better people. Service is another foundational Christian principle taught by my church. We believe that when we try to follow Jesus Christ's selfless service, and begin to live outside ourselves, true joy is found. The Church provides meaningful opportunities to serve. As a young man I was able to serve for two years in Spain as a teacher of the gospel. As a trauma surgeon I travelled with the Church to Haiti shortly after the earthquake in 2010. This was a dramatic and powerful experience that made me want to recenter my life on service to others. But I have found equally meaningful opportunities to serve right here in my community through my church to a variety of people who find themselves in need. These are opportunities I wouldn't have without the Church. The idea that families are the basic unit of society and will continue to play a pivotal part in the next life is a core principle of the Mormon church. Every week at church, and every night in my personal study, I learn how I can be a better husband and father.

How I live my faith

My life revolves around my family. As a family our life revolves around our self-identity as children of a loving Father in Heaven. I think this identity pervades every aspect of our life, from work to play to service to others. The qualities I strive to develop as a Christian are the same qualities that make good physicians: patience, compassion, empathy, commitment. Continually striving to develop such characteristics through studying Jesus' words and prayer is just as critical to my professional development as is Continuing Medical Education. I love to play outdoors--whether it be whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, snow skiing. One of my greatest joys has been to do these things with my children. Bringing the kids along to the mountain has decreased the fresh tracks bagged, but ultimately has been much more rewarding than the individual pursuit of fresh snow. When my daughter comes along in her kayak, we run class II instead of class IV. But the thrill in her eyes gives the bigger rush. When we play together we are collecting experiences that bond us as a family. We believe those bonds will last through this life and into the next and are worth every effort to build. These are the treasures that you can take with you. Some of my most cherished experiences with my children involve serving others. I view service as the purest expression of our heritage as sons and daughters of God. My children, as they consider future careers, are searching to know how they might serve others. They know that an opportunity to provide meaningful service is, like a powder day, an opportunity not to be missed and that ultimately, service is the most satisfying adventure.