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Hi I'm Matt

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Variety is a great description of my life. I do some of everything, like some of everything, and am always up for trying something new. I've lived in many places throughout the country, and even spent five years in Japan. I've had many adventures with many different types of work, from selling and installing satellites, to professional counseling, to my present endeavor of dental school. I definitely believe in working hard and playing hard. I love to play in any way. Sports, games, tormenting my wife and children, you name it. My wonderful wife of nearly 12 years and three fantastic children are the greatest source of excitement of my life. They make it very easy to find the joy in life. My family and the gospel of Jesus Christ are the joy in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a lifetime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but was not family tradition that converted me to the Church. Simply put, it was truth that converted me. The truth that I learned through the undeniable confirmations of the Holy Spirit. In addition to this, one of the greatest confirmations I have of the truthfulness of this gospel is that I have never been at a loss for answers to any situation in life. During my time as a professional counselor, I never ceased to be amazed by the power of the words found in the Book of Mormon and the Bible. No matter how many new-fangled tricks and techniques were developed for counseling, when it came down to it, the only things that actually worked ALWAYS had their foundation in scripture. I have taken many science classes that have professed to teach the truth. Oddly enough, what they thought was truth 20 years ago is much different from what they believe truth is now, and much of what they believe now will be disproved in the near future. The truth of this gospel, however, is unchangeable, timeless, and universal. It remains constant, regardless of what may change in the world. This, in my mind, is the greatest test of truth. There is great comfort in knowing that the answers I have now have been, and always will be the answers. Our doctrines do not change with the times according to what the current trends are. God does not change, and neither does His truth. I am a Mormon because I know that of all the opinions out there, only one can be the complete, undiluted, unpolluted truth. And that can only lie with the one and only completely true church of Jesus Christ; this church.

How I live my faith

Heavenly Father sent us to this earth with great potential for goodness. We are His children and are capable of nothing less than greatness. The gospel taught by His son Jesus Christ makes it clear how to achieve this. So when I think about the answer to the question of how I live my faith, the answer is very simple; by being myself, but always striving to be my better self. One of the most rewarding aspects of being a Mormon are the countless opportunities to grow through new experiences. I think that without the Church it might be very easy for me to just settle back and become stagnant. I have learned well that this is completely contrary to the will of God. Each time I have reached a point where I felt like I was on a plateau in my growth curve, the Church has provided me with a new opportunity to stretch myself beyond what I thought I was capable. I have been a missionary, assisted in disaster relief efforts, taught Sunday school to children of many ages, been a scout leader, organized activities for hundreds of people, and have just recently been made responsible for assisting in looking after the welfare of an entire congregation of members. Yes, these things have all taken time. Yes, at times I may have wanted to be doing something else. But those things only matter in my foolish moments, because the real truth is that this service has done far more for me than I could ever have done for anyone else. It is clear to me that Heavenly Father has a plan for each of us to push ourselves, gain experiences, and develop the abiding love for others that can only come through service. This is the example Christ set for us, and it is this example I try to follow.