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Hi I'm Matt

I grew up in Indiana and Oregon, I now live in Indiana working for corporate America selling seed to farmers. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Indiana around agriculture until I was 11 years old. At that age my mom moved our little family to Southwest Oregon to a little town called North Bend. I finished schooling there where afterwards I walked on to play football at Ricks College in Southeast Idaho. I didn't play football before this, so I had to earn my way. I was at Ricks for 1.5 years and then left for a two year mission to South Carolina. After that I returned to Ricks College to play my last season where I was a NJCAA 1st Team All American Offensive Lineman. I was recruited by many schools but chose to play at BYU where in my senior season I was a MWC 1st Team All Conference player. I was drafted in the 5th round by the Indianapolis Colts, the same year Rob Morris was drafted. The team cut me after training camp, I returned to Utah with my wife, finished my degree, and worked in several different industries but always in the capacity of business management or sales. In the summer of 2008 my wife and I returned to Northern Indiana to work in agricultural sales, a dream job come true for me. This summer my company Syngenta relocated me to Central Indiana. My wife and I have six kids and we love it!! I love gardening, yardwork, woodworking, fishing and in the spring and fall I love to help my buddies with their farming activities! I love tractors lol! Most of all I love hanging with my wife and kids, they are all HILARIOUS people, we have a lot of fun together!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because as I attended Ricks College, a college owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I began to attend LDS church meetings with my roommates. At this time in my life I was a very active Catholic. However, I remember very distinctly walking away from that first meeting and telling my roommates "Wow, I feel like I've learned more about God in these three hours than I have the whole time as a Catholic." About 3 weeks into my first semester at Ricks, a roommate came home and told me they were going to teach me about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. I let them know that this was fine, I was a Catholic and was always going to be a Catholic. After the second meeting with the missionaries they asked me to be baptized which made me laugh out loud. They asked what was so funny. I told them I couldn't join a church I knew nothing about. They committed me to taking the rest of the missionary lessons which I did. During our 3rd meeting they talked about the Apostasy, or in other words how the Priesthood left the Earth. As a Catholic I knew all of the apostles that Christ had set apart, I knew they had all been killed off without ordaining others, and I knew the Catholic church was formed over the Nicean Creed. I had never connected the dots that perhaps Christ's true church hadn't been on the earth for a very long time because the authority to baptize, administer the church, administer blessings, etc., had left the earth. During this discussion with the missionaries about the Apostasy I felt such a powerful spiritual witness from the Holy Ghost that the principle of the Apostasy was true that I knew the Catholic church was not the true church. I didn't know if the missionaries' church was true, but I knew I was going to find the true church. Turns out that after all the lessons, I prayed very sincerely, received a confirmation of my decision, and was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I live my faith first and foremost by having God and Jesus Christ at the center of everything I do. I honor my wife for her hard work as a homemaker by being as helpful and supportive of her as I can when I am home and by maintaining as strong a union with her as I can. I try to be a hands on dad and involved in the lives of my children. For me its not enough to "bring home the bacon", I need to also be a dad and not just a father. Anyone can "father" a child, but every child needs a dad. I am involved with teaching Sunday School lessons to teenagers at church which can be challenging at times. I believe its not enough to say you believe in something, but that if you believe in something your actions should be an expression of your faith. I try to be involved in church service projects, if I see someone who needs assistance I try to help, when I am about my business at work even then I'm working to maintain a high standard of moral values.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Matt
A common misconception is that we worship Joseph Smith instead of Jesus Christ or God--this is not farther from the truth. The truth is that we regard Joseph Smith as a prophet the same as we regard Moses or Abraham or Elijah as prophets. Joseph Smith's role in our salvation is distinctly different than that of Jesus Christ's role. Joseph Smith's role in salvation was to reveal and restore truths that had been lost over time since Christ had returned to Heaven. This would be the same role as any other prophet we read about in the scriptures. Jesus Christ's role was to provide the Atonement for us, something that no one else who has ever lived or is going to live on this earth could provide for us. He was the only one who could have provided the way for us to return to God. Show more Show less