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Hi I'm Matt

I crave sports, I love my family and the outdoors, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a missionary in the California Carlsbad Mission, learning spanish and I am loving every minute of it. I am born and raised in Utah and I absolutely love the snowy mountains. My dream is to be a medical physician, probably a pediatrician. I attended one year of college before entering the mission field and I thoroughly enjoy learning. Presently my hobby is sharing my love for the gospel of Jesus Christ but back home I lived for soccer, the outdoors, and of course my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at eight years old, knowing that God lives and loves me. As I grew up I continued to attend Church meetings and functions, creating great friendships with those around me. I loved to go to Church, especially with my immediate family and relatives because I truly felt at peace every week that I would go. Those feelings are undeniable and have led to a confirmation that the Church to which I belong is that of Christ. Growning up in a community in which literally all but two or three of my friends were Latter-Day Saints, it was easy for me to believe that I was a member of God's Church. Not a single person ever once confronted me about my beliefs. However, as I left home and lived away from my parents and dear friends, I began to realize the necesity to truly know that God still speaks to prophets as He did in times of old, and that by following that council I would be happy in an increasinly unhappy world. I don't think that it was until I had begun to serve a mission here in Southern California that I fully realized that my obedience to God is what brings me happiness; true, lasting happiness. There have been many occasions in the past year or so that people have tried to destroy my faith and my religion. Nevertheless, those experiences have given me a far greater testimony of the divinity of the Savior and His guiding direction to His called servants. There is no where else I would rather be than in His service, and there is nobody else I would rather follow than the Master himself. It has been through personal experience that I have come to recognize the difference His gospel makes in my life and to recognize its truth. Perhaps that is why one of my favorite passages of scripture is John 1 in which Christ simply states "come and see." It is so simple and yet so rewarding. I am a Mormon because I know I am a part of Christ's church and serving Him makes me so very happy. I know He loves me.

How I live my faith

As a missionary and thus a representative of Christ, I strive daily to live the highest standards of obedience and to share my happiness with all those whom I meet. I am priveleged to dedicate two years of my life to the service of my God and I am richly blessed by doing so. I am able to see people's lives change and light come to their eyes as they begin to feel the freedom and happiness that Christ gives to every soul who comes unto Him. There is nothing in this world I would rather be doing. Apart from missionary service, and surely what I will be doing upon my return, is spend time with my wonderful family and study to be a physician. I hope to once again coach soccer and help inspire children to set goals and work hard. Though my understanding of the mysteries of God is extremely limited, His revealed Plan of Salvation carries me to be the best that I can be to serve others and share my talents and abilities. What I have learned as a full-time missionary will bless my life forever. I know that God has taught me more through the people and experiences here than I could have ever taught anybody else. I feel that God has invested much in me and I owe it to Him to spend my life in the service of His children. Whether that service is rendered in the doctor's office, the soccer field, or most importantly, within the walls of my own home, I know it is the best way to show my gratitude for all He has given me.