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Hi I'm Matt

I have two passions in my life, my family and the gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm proud to be a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in the beautiful evergreen forests of the Pacific Northwest. Following a two year proselyting mission to Mexico, I studied engineering in Utah. I met my wife there. It was my first experience with a true Southern belle, and I fell hard. We were married less than a year after I first set eyes on her. The gentle prodding of the Spirit led us to pack our belongings into our two cars and drive to the Midwest for graduate school. Three years later, I completed my PhD. During that time we welcomed two beautiful babies (a girl and a boy) into our lives. They keep us very busy and very happy. My job kept us in the Midwest which we happily call home. I enjoy the outdoors. I enjoy playing most sports, unless they involve ice skates which I've never figured out. I love to travel and have participated in multiple humanitarian expeditions to Mexico. Most of all, I love my family!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because the gospel of Jesus Christ has brought so much purpose and happiness to my life. I don't believe that Christ intends for his gospel to be confusing. The doctrines taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are simple, pure, and completely aligned with the teachings of the Savior in the New Testament. They resonate within my heart and mind. I believe that the Bible is the word of God. I also believe that God sends multiple witnesses to teach us. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Christ. It was written and sealed up by prophets who lived in the Americas from 600 BC to 400 AD. The book was translated by the gift and power of God by Joseph Smith. Interpretation of the Bible has resulted in literally thousands of churches and groups. The Book of Mormon provides another perspective of the same gospel of Jesus Christ. Combined with the Bible, the plain and precious truths of the gospel become plain and precious to the reader. I'm grateful for my belief in Jesus Christ. I know that he atoned for my sins. He is my exemplar, my savior, my brother, and wishes me to come home.

How I live my faith

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have the opportunity to serve in the church. We serve without pay or expectation for compensation aside from blessings from God. I currently serve in the Bishopric. In this position I help to administer to the spiritual and temporal needs of a community of members called a ward. Assignments, or callings, in the church are extended to members only after prayerful consideration by the ward leadership. Callings are not permanent. Most positions are rotated every few years to give many people the opportunity to serve. Through service to our fellow man we demonstrate our love for the Savior and our Heavenly Father.