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Hi I'm Matt Eschler

I have lived in Utah most of my life. I am a husband, a father to three awesome kids, I have a Ph.D. in psychology.I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in St. George, Utah where my wife Chris and I are raising three awesome children. I gues I am done raising one of the three because Wolfgang my oldest is now serving a mission in Indianapolis Indiana! My wife and I are active in our community. We love to serve and are politically active. Our family has many hobbies and interests. We seem to spend much of our time in some sporting event or working out. Currently I am training for marathons, and have a desire to compete in Iron Man competitions. Mostly I try to work my life around spending time with my wife and kids. For my work life I seek information and I research how to best help "high conflict" marriages return to juicy passionate loving marriages. I am training in the area of resolving personal conflicts and improving interpersonal relationships. In addition to receiving a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, I have a Ph.d. in forensic psychology. I have studied Criminal Justice and received a category I license with Peace Officer Standard of Training along with a degree in the Arts of Business Management.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always known that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true for me. I remember times in my life that God has whispered to me answers to my prayers. I have received divine guidance on issues that only mattered to me. Some of these instances of guidance would seem insignificant to others. One bright example of such a time is the summer of 1980, at least I think it was 1980. I worked on a family owned farm in the mountains of Idaho cutting and bailing alfalfa hay. During the long days at work I would take a lunch break at mid day. After one particular lunch break when I went to start the machine and could not find the key anywhere. I looked every where that I could think of looking. During my panic I remember a distinct prompting to pray. I knew I needed to pray about finding the key. I jumped down from the tractor and knelt on the dirt. Instantly I felt something under my left knee. When I looked, sure enough, it was the key. I know that I was whispered to by the Spirit of God to pray. I know that He will always guide me if I am willing to trust in His inspirations. Also, this tells me that God is a personal God and that Jesus Christ is a very personal Savior.

How I live my faith

I am a Husband, a father, and a marriage counselor. In all of these incredibly important pursuits I use the doctrine of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as a guide. I believe in the sanctity of covenant marriage. I see the "world" largely going in the wrong direction with its view of marriage and family. I see the reality of family being the foundation government for the community. Family and family unity is the key to peace and happiness. I hear people lament over the need for a guide or manual for parenting or for marriage. I have found that the Book of Mormon and the other inspired forms of scripture is exactly this. These tools have every answer needed for a peace filled life here on Earth.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Matt Eschler
Self reliance is the key to the greatest gift of all, charity. If a person learns to care for his own needs he then is in a powerful position to assist those that need a hand up. Persons that take from others by deception, learned helplessness or greed never really learn the art of self reliance. Those that believe they are owed support for no return learn how to work a system for relief, but never really learn to build or create. They have low self worth but worst of all they will not understand the principles of self reliance, industry, or charity. Show more Show less