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Hi I'm Matt

I'm a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric research, a Duke graduate, a father of two, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a statistical scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. I run data analyses that aid in the research of various aspects of the atmosphere such as extreme weather events (tornados, hurricanes), how the public copes and adapts to heat waves, and how the sun interacts with satellite communications. While I love my career, I consider myself a full-time husband and father and statistics is just my hobby. I avidly follow Duke basketball and love to spend as much time as possible on the tennis court.

Why I am a Mormon

As crazy as life can get, sometimes its hard to see which things are the most important and will bring me the most happiness and contentment in life. I'm a Mormon because the Church and its gospel helps me see through the craziness and prioritize those things that are most important in life. The gospel helps me understand the purpose of life and how to have joy in it.

How I live my faith

My faith encompasses all areas of my life. Beyond my weekly church responsibility to teach the 18-36 month old children at church each Sunday, I live my faith by striving to be like Jesus Christ. This includes repentance and leaning on the atonement of Jesus Christ for forgiveness when I make mistakes. Yet, as I strive to pin-point areas of my life that aren't perfect and make them better, I am happier and those around me are happier. Living the gospel to me means improving yourself everyday in every way.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

If you knew the secret to happiness in this life, would you keep it to yourself or would you share it with those you loved? Likewise, if you knew the answers to questions such as "What is the purpose in life," or "What can I do to have a happy family" would you want to keep those answers to yourself or would you rather share them with others who may confused about these same questions? The gospel of Jesus Christ has the answer to these and other questions. Mormon missionaries proselyte to share these answers with others so that others may also find the joy and happiness that come from living the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less