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Hi I'm Matt Newell

I grew up a "Preacher's kid", I am a husband and the father of eight super children. I am a Paramedic Firefighter. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in the United States but spent most of my youth living in Canada. Being the son of a protestant minister I grew up in a Christian home and was taught many true and correct principles but never really why I was here, where I came from and where I would go when this mortal life was over. I found and married my soul mate and became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when I was 21. Since then my life has been blessed in enumerable ways. My eternal bride and I are raising 8 truly amazing children and although sometimes things can get a little crazy, I can't imagine anything better or more fun. One of the many joys that I have come to recognize is that together as a family we can accomplish great and wonderful things. For twenty years I have been blessed with one of the best jobs in the world. As a paramedic /fireman I am privileged to serve my community, being intimately involved in their happy moments and all too often their most tragic and painful ones. Each day brings new challenges and experiences that demonstrate the awesome power of a loving Heavenly Father at work. One of the highlights of my week is sitting together with my beautiful bride and all of our children in church, filling up an entire pew! I love the outdoors, camping, fishing and hiking. I also enjoy traveling and have made many great friends around the world. Growing up in a musical family, I have an appreciation for music and enjoy playing various instruments.

Why I am a Mormon

Prior to joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I felt that I did not need Religion in my life. I did have a belief that there was a God and that Jesus Christ Lived and was Crucified, but I thought that just knowing that was enough. I was happy and felt that my life was great just the way it was. I had grown up in a Christian home with a minister for a father and as a consequence, my Christian experience was sort of contradictory. What I mean to say is that what was preached wasn't always lived and was taught, didn't always seem to be in harmony with belief and different doctrine existed from church to church within the same denomination. I often wondered how one Bible could produce so many conflicting ideas and opposing doctrine. Something wasn't quite right and I felt it best to leave alone what I didn't understand. Then everything changed! My wife introduced me to the church and everything i was taught felt right and made sense. I learned where I came from, who I was, where I was going and the purpose of this earthly existence. Finally the gospel was put into perspective for me and I understood it. I now understand the role of Jesus Christ, his purpose and mission. I now understand what a significant role his atonement plays in helping me, an imperfect man, and return again to live in His presence. I now know that as a true follower of Christ I need to keep His commandments, follow His living prophet and serve Him by serving others. I know that as I make and keep sacred covenants in his holy temple, I can be with my family forever. That is why I am a Mormon!

How I live my faith

Each day provides me with an opportunity to live my faith. Being the father of a large family allows me to put prayer and faith to work as we face challenges and trials together. Teaching my children true and correct principles is important to me and I am grateful for the "teaching moments" that occur. There are so many competing interests for our time and attention, much of which is not necessarily conducive to family closeness. I love being with my family and realize that I must make every opportunity to encourage activities that will strengthen us and bring us closer together. Beginning each day praying together and studying the scriptures is one activity that has the most power to bring us closer together and prepare us for the day. I am so grateful that my children all realize the importance too, and make the effort to gather together. Attending church every Sunday is a great blessing and affords me the opportunity to serve the other members of my ward. One of the most important aspects of my church membership is service, and finding joy in serving my family, neighbors and friends whenever possible. I am grateful for an occupation that is very much the essence of service, trying each day, in some small way, to help to make someone’s day a little better. Even though I am far from perfect and often make mistakes, I try to be a good example of honesty, integrity and virtue and hope to be counted as a trustworthy friend.