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Hi I'm Matt

I’m a father of five and a mechanical engineer. I love to read and to create things. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Alaska and love the outdoors. I fell in love with airplanes with my father who was a bush pilot. My career has been involved with flight testing large commercial aircraft and I still love airplanes. I am a father of five in my early 50's and I especially enjoy doing things with my family. Most of our vacations have been camping in beautiful western Washington. I love to create and fix things. Several years ago I became a beekeeper and I always like to try new things. I love to read and have a great interest in history. I also enjoy helping people.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the Mormon Church by my mother who became a member when I was six years old. Even though my father did not attend any church and never joined the Mormon faith, I chose to be baptized Mormon when I was eight years old. Having my parents divided on the subject of religion caused me to reflect seriously about my faith and I wanted to know for myself if the teachings of the church were true. The answer did not come quickly, but over years of study, prayer and practice of the teachings of the church, I came to know that what I was taught did indeed come from God. That knowledge is a very important to me. I know that the heavens are open today and that God does indeed communicate through a prophet and that Jesus Christ is our Savior in a very real and personal way. As a young man I served as a missionary in France, and later married and raised my family in western Washington. I love to share the blessings I have received from living the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

My faith prompts me to continually be my best self and improve my capacities in many ways. It is much more than just going to church on Sunday--it is a way of life that affects everything I do. I have a purpose that helps me and my family through trying times like the loss of a child, or cancer in another child. As a member of the Mormon faith we are all responsible to help bear one another's burdens and this focus on helping others has helped me to not become burdened by my own problems. I have found that in the service of others, my own troubles seem to solve themselves. I love to help people and to share my faith with others. The blessings I have received from living the gospel are tremendous and I would not trade my situation for anything else. My family is central to my life and the more of myself I give to them, the greater the joy I have in life. I know I'm far from perfect, but I love the example of my Savior and know by continually keeping my sights on important things that I can overcome weaknesses. Ihave confidence even though the world is in turmoil and uncertainty abounds, that Christ lives and cares for me and my family.