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Hi I'm Matt

Protector of two younger sisters. Lived all over the country. Loves music and movies and I'm obsessed with sports.

About Me

I'm currently a Graduate Business Student working towards my MBA. I want to work in an industry that I've loved my entire life: Sports. My dad raised me to be a baseball player, but at age 9, I rebelled and chose soccer and somehow excelled at a sport he never did understand, nor ever will understand. But he supported me nonetheless. We talk almost daily about our favorite teams and any recent news. Now I spend my weekends as a soccer referee and hope to continue that for a long time to come. I love the outdoors. I've hiked two '14ers' in Colorado and numerous other mountains of equal beauty and love the feeling of being 'on the top of the world'. I even got my dad and youngest sister do one with me. What a feat that was! My next goal is to get my mom to do a hike with us! My mother is an important part of my life. She has taught me the importance of the gospel and keeping obedience as a top priority. While she's not one for a football conversation, we stay close with other subjects like school and the gospel. I would not be where I am now without her support. I've grown up as the protector of my two younger sisters. I've scared off many potential suitors who I did not approve of. Fortunately for my brother-in-law, I did approve, so he didn't experience any problems. But they are two of my closest friends, and am proud to be their 'big bro'.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a child, I remember listening to a song entitled "Greater than us All", which taught of the Savior's atonement and how He was the only one who could have gone through that. As I listened to the words, I experienced such an overwhelming feeling of His love and knew that where I was at that point in my life was where He wanted me to be. I've been fortunate to have been raised in a good home with loving parents who always encouraged me to do my best in everything. I never questioned their faith in the Lord, and as I grew older, I gained my own faith through experiences such as the one mentioned. Before I began my two-year mission, I spent several months in Nauvoo, IL, a historic site for the church, on a study abroad program. While I had always believed the Joseph Smith had been called of God, even as a 14 year old, it was that experience in Nauvoo where I came to KNOW it, without a doubt. It was a great experience as I prepared to leave on my mission to proclaim what I knew to be true. While on my mission, I met many who came to the same knowledge as me, and I loved watching them change for the better. Watching them change and strive to be better only caused me to want to be a better person and a better member of the church. C.S. Lewis said that 'Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important'. I believe that wholeheartedly, and that is why my faith is the most important thing in my life. Faith in God, and in His son Jesus Christ. And faith that by following the teachings of Christ's appointed prophets here on the earth, I will one day be able to return to live with my Father in Heaven with my family.

How I live my faith

I am happiest when I am able to teach. That 'ah-ha' moment is priceless as a teacher. My parents taught me at a young age the importance of studying the scriptures and gospel related materials. I feel I have a good understanding of the gospel (though not perfect), and have always loved to share what I have learned with others. My favorite way to live my faith is by talking to others about it. Even when I was young, flying by myself, I would start up conversations with those next to me about their faith and mine. Even today, I am not ashamed of my faith and I always love it when people ask me if I'm a Mormon. While I don't always get the chance to talk to people about my faith, my biggest goal is to live my faith in accordance with the ways I've been taught. When people find out I'm a Mormon, I want them to think of that as a positive thing. Being an example of Christ and His church is the most important thing that I, as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ, can do.