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Hi I'm Matt

I live in Australia and am a student at university studying to become an exercise physiologist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

INTERESTS: I love sports! I've played basketball, tennis, soccer, cricket, rugby, and am trying my hand at baseball for the first time in my life. I also enjoy music, movies, and used to do some video editing as well. I have a bit of a knack with computers and have been particularly interested in budgets and excel spreadsheets as of late (most likely due to the fact that my wife and I are both studying at university). FAMILY: I have an older sister, a younger brother, and two amazing but sometimes hilariously crazy parents. I recently got married and have the most beautiful woman in the world at my side. She is my everything and I know that she brings out and encourages the best in me. No kids yet but we're giving a lot of thought to it. EDUCATION: I managed to complete my HSC but didn't really know what I wanted to do when I left school so I can honestly say my results could have been a lot better. I am now in the field I feel is right for me and am studying a degree in Sport and Exercise Science to work in rehabilitation for people recovering from accidents. HISTORY: I have done a few things in my life I feel were worth while. I assisted with the 40hour famine many times as a teenager and in one of the years I participated I was considered for a role as one of the young ambassadors for the organisation and have also participated with some local competitions coaching younger teams in sports.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that Christ lives and that He loves His children. I wasn't always sure of this but during my teenage years, as I struggled to find out who I was and what I was meant to do with my time on earth, I found the answer in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I had been raised as a Mormon by my parents and knew enough about Christ to know His name and all the basics of Christianity. What I didn't realise then and probably don't yet fully realise now, is that Christ was and is more than words and stories told to me by my parents. Here are just one of the experiences I have had that confirmed to me what I believe is true. When I was 15 I started questioning what I believed and basically everything about my identity, the typical who am I?, what am I doing here?, why is it so hard to be happy in life?, why aren't my friends there when I need them? etc. It was during this time that I went to a lot of other churches with my friends from school trying to find the answers to my questions and that 'something' that I felt was missing from my life, I didn't know what it was but there was something missing that I needed in order to be happy. After some time searching for it and feeling like I wouldn't ever find that 'something' I was missing I was invited to attend a program called a Time For Youth (TFY) run by the Mormon Church. It was during that time that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ decided to speak to my heart. I can still remember where I was sitting and what I was doing when the feeling that I had a loving Father in Heaven and a Saviour who knew me personally filled my chest and mind. It felt as though lightning had struck my heart and left my whole body tingling. It was in that moment that I knew where I was supposed to be. I have since learnt so much more about the love of the Saviour and throughout my life I have felt heaven confirm that Joseph Smith was a boy like me, who just had a question that Heavenly Father answered.

How I live my faith

I live my faith as best I can each day, my wife and I have set a goal to read the scriptures together each day. We pray together and individually, and we do our best to remember the Lord when we receive and recognise His hand in our lives. I serve in the Church as a "stake young mens president", basically that means I am involved in assisting the young mens program of the church where 12 to 18 year old boys fulfil duties and responsibilities that help them become the kind of gentlemen the world is in such desperate need of. It is not my responsibility to raise the sons of others but rather to give them opportunities to perfect and practice the principles they are taught at home. Principles like integrity, honesty, respect for others, and hard work. I love this responsibility because it allows me such a great chance to interact with these young men and help them find the answers they are searching for in life. I also make as regular visits as possible to other members of our faith in our area. To see how they are going, to assist in anyway possible and to make sure that as Latter-Day Saints we are always looking out for each other. I guess I live my faith in just trying to emulate the characteristics of the Saviour as best I can each day, His love, charity, and compassion for all mankind are characteristics I one day hope to perfect.