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Hi I'm Matt

Lots of interests and like to learn. Like music. Mission for the Church in South Texas (Spanish). Married. Work as Engineer.

About Me

I am happy and hope to be successful. (Not without challenges to overcome of course.) I have a wonderful wife and three fine children. They have been huge blessings for me. It is very gratifying to see my children doing their best, and my wife so dedicated to helping and guiding them. My wife and I go on a date every week. We usually go to dinner and then to something else like watch a wholesome video/DVD, or a play, symphony, etc. A lot of things about me have changed, and also not changed, over the years. During my youth I focused a lot on music, where many of my talents lay. I should have been more diligent in school, but later corrected that. I worked many hours as a meat cutter at a small (but classy, it really was!) home town grocery store. At age 19 thru 21 as I served a mission for the Church, which along with my upbringing, has been an anchor in my life. After the two year mission I began studying engineering, which lead to my current career. I also have an MBA, but The Spirit seems directed me away from a professional management career so far. I have used some of the skills in my church callings. I try to get enough exercise and to watch my weight (somewhat). I speak fluent Spanish and make an effort with Russian. On a few occasions at work I have had the chance to do some international travel, which I have enjoyed.

Why I am a Mormon

As I have read and pondered the scriptures, and fasted at times, the Holy Ghost has communicated the truthfulness of them to me. I have had many experiences (almost daily in fact), which have lead to a growing confirmation of the reality of God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, the vital role of the Holy Ghost, and of the truthfulness of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know the Lord guides my life daily to the extent that I let Him. This alone is undeniable evidence of His existence. The Church is absolutely essential. Without it I could not achieve my purpose in life. I am amazed at the insights provided in scripture, particularly modern scripture, which science is only now discovering. I do not believe there is conflict between true science and true religion, although we have much to learn. The restored doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do much to resolve questions in this area. God wishes to guide each of us as his children, no matter our background or current situation. He does not play favorites, and loves us all equally. One of the staples of my life is to daily read the word of God in the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures. This helps me immensely to maintain balance, focus, and I think judgment, both in religious and non-religious matters.

How I live my faith

I strive to live the commandments of God, which includes not only refraining from things that I should not do, but to make active efforts for myself, my family, and others. I strive to be kind, respectful, and to uphold standards of morality and truth. I try to raise a good family and be a good member of my extended family, as this is part of my religion. I try to excel at work and have plenty of challenges. I endeavor to serve well in my calling in the Priesthood. My current calling in the Church is as a “Stake High Councilor” We carry out assignments from, and represent, the Stake Presidency. We also advise other leaders in the church to whom we are assigned. I was recently released as the Bishop of my ward. In the Church we are called and released many times to a great variety of responsibilities. I am also working on my family history. My mother is very active in this and I plan to follow in her footsteps. I am trying to identify and verify my ancestors in the belief that I will be connected with them in the future. Part of "heaven" will involve family ties that reach back to our ancestors and forward to our posterity. I also seek opportunities to share our important beliefs with others. It is through the Gospel of Jesus Christ that lasting happiness fulfillment can be found.