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Hi I'm Matt

I grew up in Southern California. I'm a husband, father of two boys, attorney, and avid sports enthusiast. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a beautiful area of southern California where I was raised by loving parents. They taught me how to have fun and work hard. My family spent a lot of time together. We especially enjoyed watching and participating in all sports. We loved going to professional sporting events together. I loved having such a close bond with my parents and brothers. Throughout my youth I worked hard in school, eventually earning a law degree. While at school (undergrad) my good friend introduced me to a friend of his (a girl) and we married a few years later. We have now been married for 8 years and have two little boys that are the light of our lives. We have moved a few times with work and school, from the west coast, to the east coast, and back west again. Life has been exciting so far. Full of twists and turns. I am doing my best to provide my sons with the same opportunities and example that my parents offered me. I just hope I will be able to convince my boys to love sports as much as I do!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I love my Savior Jesus Christ. As a young boy I learned about Christ through the example of my parents. They tried to live in a manner consistent with Christ's teachings and I saw the happiness that it brought them. His teachings were fundamental in our home and they seemed to give my life purpose. As a teenager I desired to know for myself whether Jesus Christ was truly the Savior of mankind. I read the Bible and Book of Mormon regularly to personally study His teachings. I prayed to know whether Christ's Gospel was the truth. The more I studied, prayed, and acted upon the teachings the happier I felt. I was confident and strong in my convictions. I felt the Holy Spirit speak to my heart and my mind, testifying of the goodness and truth in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This conviction lead me to leave my family for two years and travel to Europe. While in Europe I talked to anyone who would listen to me. I wanted to explain to everyone why I was so happy. It was as if I had just eaten the best meal a person could ever eat and I wanted everyone else to experience the meal too. I told them about my love for Jesus Christ and how His teachings had changed my life. There was no better feeling than seeing a person's life change as they accepted the true Gospel of Christ. The change was tangible and real. Now that I have a family my love of the Savior and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has grown even more. I love to know that God has not forgotten my family and me. He has restored Christ's teachings on the earth today through living prophets. Just as in biblical times the modern prophets speak to the people directly and convey God's desires for us. Their words guide me as I work hard to raise my family according to Christian principles. I know that Christ died for all. He loves us unconditionally. He wants us all to live in Heaven. I feel closer to Him as I take part in the Mormon Church.

How I live my faith

I love my job in my local congregation. I am assigned to teach Sunday school lessons each week to the children, ages 10 and 11. For one hour each Sunday I spend time with these 8 awesome kids. This year we've studied the New Testament. It's fulfilling as I see them internalize Christ's teachings. Being able to prepare and teach a lesson each week about the New Testament has strengthened my belief in Christ and His mission. I also regularly visit a few families in our congregation each month. I want to let them know that I am available to help them if they ever need a helping hand. It's been fun watching their families grow and progress over the last few years. I am always amazed at how your own life changes when you choose to selflessly serve others. I'm sure the families I visit don't gain as much from my monthly visits as I do.