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Hi I'm Matt

I'm a civil engineer, a musician, a husband & father and an Eagle Scout. I love outdoor activities and sports. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a licensed civil engineer and right now I am working as a City Engineer. I also have a part time job in a laundry facility. So I stay pretty busy. But when I do have free time, I enjoy sports, outdoor activities, water skiing, snorkelling, swimming, and SCUBA diving. In the winter, I also enjoy snow skiing, sledding, and building snowmen with my kids. My wife and I have been married over 10 years, and we have 3 wonderful children on Earth and 1 in Heaven. I love spending time with my family and every week I try to find some time to spend with them, even if it's just going for a walk around the neighborhood. We love to go swimming together as a family, and one of my sons LOVES to go to hardware stores with me. When I'm not doing something outside or with my family, I enjoy woodworking and building things with my hands. When I was younger, I would take apart my toys just to see what made them work. At least now I have been able to put most of my toys back together again! Someday, I hope to have a fully equipped woodshop to putter around in after I retire. But for now, I'm content with the occasional small project and fixing things for my kids.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents were raised in the Church, so I started believing just because they taught me. But they also taught me that God loves me and that I could know Him myself, and that I didn't have to follow the teachings of the Church just because my parents said it was true. After I was baptized, my father confirmed me a member of the Church and told me to receive the Holy Ghost. I remember there was a "tickling feeling" when he said that. I didn't learn until later that that good feeling I felt was the Holy Ghost telling me that God was pleased with my decision to be baptized and that what I had been taught was true. But I kind of forgot that as I got older. As a teenager, I struggled with who I was and finding my own identity. My parents and Church leaders had always told me I was a "valiant spirit" and "part of a choice generation", etc. But I didn't feel special. I just felt... ordinary. I didn't want to be thought of only as "someone's son" or "just someone's little brother". I was reading the Book of Mormon one night and I came across a passage that really helped me to see through the clouds of confusion and darkness of despair. In 3rd Nephi, Jesus was teaching his disciples. He said: "And now, behold, my joy is great, even unto fulness, because of you, and also this generation; yea, and even the Father rejoiceth, and also all the holy angels, because of you and this generation; for none of them are lost. Behold, I would that ye should understand; for I mean them who are now alive of this generation; and none of them are lost; and in them I have fulness of joy." Even though Jesus spoke those words almost 2000 years ago, I felt like Jesus was in my room, talking directly to me and to me alone. I realized that God DID still love me and He DID still think I was special. But more importantly, I realized that not only am I a son of my parents and my siblings' brother, I am a son of God and Jesus is my brother who loves me enough to die for me.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon isn't something that can I can only do on Sunday. I have found that to be truly happy in the Church, I need to get out and serve. My parents taught me that each assignment or volunteer position is a call from God though the leaders that we support. I have had many opportunities to serve in different positions in the Church, from music director to Scouting to working with kids to presiding over a group of adult men. I can honestly say that I have enjoyed each position. I get to develop the talents and gifts that God has given me and interact with other members of the Church and members of the community. For almost 5 years, I was an Assistant Scoutmaster in one of the local Boy Scout troops in our area. I enjoyed working with the boys in the community to progress in the Scouting program. It was great for me to see them get excited about what they were learning and accomplishing. it was also very rewarding to see them grow into good, solid young men who were active in the community and proud of their own individual accomplishments. And then I was asked to serve as the music director for our local congregation, which is what I do now. As a civil engineer, there aren't a whole lot of ways for me to develop my musical ability (unless singing along with the radio on the way to a job site counts). So this is a very enjoyable service opportunity for me. Not only do I get to develop and refine my musical talent, but I get to help others in the congregation feel the inspiring messages of the hymns. And, as an added bonus, my wife has occasionally accompanied the congregation on the organ! I also try to love and serve others people as Jesus did. Every month I visit a few families and share a message with them to strengthen their faith. I try to make sure that their day-to-day needs are met. If I personally can't help to meet those needs, I put them in contact with someone who can. Sometimes my sons go with me, so they can learn to serve too.