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Hi I'm Matt

I am married to the best girl ever . We have 2 super cute kids. I'm a family man, a runner, a musician, a student, and a Mormon.

About Me

I have been happily married to my awesome wife for 3 years, and we have 2 kids. One is a cute but monstrous 2 year old, and the other is a 9 month old who we have nick named "squishy." I am studying Economics at WSU, and assuming I survive the program I will get to geek out on math, econ and politics for the rest of my life. My favorite conversations in every day life involve religion and politics, but here in this forum I will avoid the latter. I enjoy playing sports of almost any kind, though I don't really watch or follow any. I still use a flip phone, but that isn't because I am trying to make some hipster statement. It is just because I am a broke college dad. I lived in parts of New Mexico and Arizona for two years, but otherwise I have always lived in Washington. But dang do I miss the green chile and the good Mexican food! I have 8 siblings, (4 older and 4 younger). I love my wife and my kids, and I thank God every day for them. Life is good.

Why I am a Mormon

The first reason that I am a Mormon is that I was born into a Mormon home. Many members of the church were. I experienced things a little differently, however, than most Mormons do. I have a long story, but the gist of it is that life got hard, and some people got sick and other people died, and I found myself not only distancing myself from my parents beliefs, but from God entirely. I considered myself an atheist and used to push my friends away from the LDS/Mormon church. Though I had turned from Him, He never turned His back on me. It ended up taking a lot of humbling and a lot of work and a lot of studying and prayer to work through my issues. God helped in so many ways and through so many people, and He has richly blessed my life. Only the living reality of Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice could bring me to where I am. I have learned for myself that the gospel, as restored to us through living prophets, is completely true. Many things did not make sense at first, and that is why I fought back against it. I have learned that God knows things I don't, and that He asks us to trust Him. I have also learned that when we do trust Him, and act in faith, He answers our faith and even our questions. I have felt the Holy Ghost in my life so powerfully, and I know that God lives and is active in our every day lives. I know this by the spirit, but I have also learned a lot in the way of logic and reason. The gospel makes sense, and so does its restoration. Now I have a new life and a wonderful family. I attribute it wholly to God the Father, and His Son Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Book of Mormon was my anchor in regaining my faith in Christ, and it has given me a hunger for the bible and the words of living prophets. I know that God has not abandoned us in this day, but speaks to us individually as well as through a living prophet.

How I live my faith

I feel that faith is so much more than a belief in Christ. My faith is motivated by love for the Savior and leads me to serve Him in whatever way I can. Every day I kneel and pray. Through prayer I not only seek blessings, but I also ask Heavenly Father what He wants me to do that day. Through the Spirit He answers my prayers and makes His will known to me. He helps me to know what to do or say to be a better husband and father. Sometimes He wants me to share the gospel with a friend. Other times He wants me to make some food or do some service for a neighbor or acquaintance. He often guides me in my scripture study so that I can know what to read in order to build my own knowledge and understanding of His plan. He also helps me to know how to fulfill my responsibilities at church and in school. Sometimes people view God as some distant being who is only marginally interested in us. I disagree. God is mindful of me, my family, my life, and my desire to do His will, which He reveals to me by His Spirit. At church I currently am a part of the missionary effort. Previously I have been involved in the Sunday School program, been a youth leader, and a Mormon missionary. I loved that. I served in New Mexico and Arizona and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I got to spend every day serving God and telling people about His love. I still share the gospel with my friends and people that I meet, though in a quieter way. (I am done knocking on doors, believe you me!) Why do I bother to tell people what I believe? Because it is important. God is not some being who spoke once and now lounges around ignoring us. He lives and He loves us. He has called prophets and restored His gospel. He sent His son to make salvation possible for you and for me. I believe that only by following God and only through His divine power can we be saved. So I share that with everyone, and especially with those who I care about.