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Hi I'm Matt

I'm a husband and a father of five. I'm a Spanish teacher, soccer coach, lacrosse coach and fisherman... and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Most importantly, I'm a husband and a father of five children. I'm a high school Spanish teacher. I'm a soccer and lacrosse coach at the high school. When I have some free time, I love to go fishing. Fly fishing, spin fishing, ice fishing... it's all good. Being in the outdoors relaxes me and helps me find peace. I love to travel and learn about different cultures.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was six or seven years old. They tell me that I was the one to invite the missionaries in our home to teach our family. They were searching for a church, and the emphasis our church places on the strength and unity of families really appealed to them. As I grew up, my family consistently went to church, where I learned the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a teenager, I felt peace and hapiness with my religion and trying my best to be a follower of Christ. Living the gospel made me feel good. It just always seemed right to me. I began to develop a personal testimony that I was indeed a child of God and that Jesus Christ is our Savior. Being a member of this church brings meaning and stability to my life. My faith in Jesus Christ allows me to live without fear of the unknown or wandering aimlessly in the world. My faith brings purpose to the things that I do every day and the way I choose to live my life. I also know that my children are receiving good teachings, learning correct principles, and developing spiritually in a way that will bring them joy in this life. I know that Jesus Christ died for us and suffered for our sins so that we can conquer death and be forgiven of the sins we commit. It's through his grace that we can have eternal life and return to live with God again. If any of you who are reading this are feeling down, or are struggling with life, I urge you to communicate with your Heavenly Father and feel the love he has for you as his son or daughter. I don't know who might read this, but I know you are my brother or sister, and I love you.

How I live my faith

I try my best to follow the example of Jesus Christ. I'm not perfect by any means, but I do believe that as a follower of Christ, I should make an effort to be like Him. I love my wife, my children, my friends, colleagues, and the students I teach every day. I try to stay positive, to compliment others and live in peace with other people. Since I am a high school teacher and coach, I feel lucky that I get to do something that Jesus did a lot of, namely teaching and serving others. I try to serve others when I see someone in need. I forgive people who offend me, I am patient with others, I apologize when I have done something wrong. I try to live the "golden rule", "do unto others as you would have done unto you". I go to church on Sunday, bring my whole family there. We pray together as a family, read the scriptures, have a special "family night" once a week and just spend time together as a family. Following Jesus Christ isn't always easy. I sometimes get discouraged by things I read in the news, bad choices that I see people make, or the way I see society heading. There are definitely things in life that are in contrast to living a Christ-centered life, but having faith makes it better. I try my best to be a "Latter-Day Saint", which to me means a person who follows the Savior's teachings. I do feel that charity, the pure love of Christ, is the most important quality that I am trying to develop, and I am striving to be charitable to everyone around me.