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Hi I'm Matt

I think about our big world all the time, and the people in it. I think we can learn a lot from other people. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I spend most of my time connecting Japanese and American people in the Boston area. I also read and write as a cultural anthropologist. I went back to school in my thirties to study anthropology because it seemed like the right thing to do. I enjoy the arts and the outdoors and thoughtfully designed technology. I enjoy getting to know new people of all varieties. I learned Japanese about fifteen years ago and lived in Japan with my family for a couple of years. My wife and our four kids are the center of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel lucky to have been taught about Jesus Christ since before I have memories. Over time, however, the simple truth that settled in my childhood heart has met with opposition. Still, as I have grown I have chosen - not perfectly, of course - to believe and to obey what I think I know to be Godly. In the most real, reliable, honest places I can find in my mind/heart/soul, this loyalty has brought me much happiness and established my convictions in spite of opposition. So much about our planet and about humanity has been discovered over time. Yet we know so little. Experiments and observations have been reliable ways to test and build on these discoveries. Thus, I have included experiments of faith in my pursuit of knowledge. "Why not try to pray if I think God might exist?", for example. Why not obey as much as possible of what we think God has commanded, acting like it is true until we find out for sure otherwise? I have tried this tack. These experiments have yielded a confluence of my heart and mind in undeniable moments of joy and understanding. For all that we think we know, the fact is that we wake up and live with partial knowledge for nearly every choice we make. Our own, personal, "best guess" about the world around us generates most of what we choose. In that persistent uncertainty my experiments have yielded joy so reliably for me that I say, now, that I know I have found truth. This truth is mostly felt in my heart or seen after-the-fact when I manage to act according to that truth. It has never let me down. So then, could a young boy in New York in 1820 have seen God and Jesus? Was he thereafter a prophet? Did he restore the full scope of doctrine and practice that Jesus had established? I tell people now that I know this all happened. I have experimented and learned it for myself. I choose to believe it forever. To each his own. To me: Jesus Christ, and the Church I believe He organized Himself to do the most good for the most people.

How I live my faith

I try to be nice to everyone. I really like everyone, in fact. I believe I have a soul. I have felt sublime feelings that I am sure indicate there is more to me than my physiological existence. I try to do the most good for the most people possible within my limited capacity. Often failing in that quixotic project, I always get so much out of thinking about how Jesus lived. He always paid the most attention to the people who needed Him most. Lots of people are good examples of living for others, of course. I understand Jesus to be our Redeemer, however, having done something for all of us that changed our whole field of possibilities. It is my goal to be the best version of myself by helping others. I think I can succeed, eventually, as long as I keep trying, because of my Redeemer. I try to live my faith by thinking big and attempting hard things. Good, hard things. I have failed and felt rejected but I believe that is never the end and I keep trying. I find joy in my home, serving my wife and children. I can sense in my heart and mind when I serve them and others that this is a joy that will last forever. Deep inside me I feel assured that I am building something permanent - a relief in an impermanent, expiring world. Sometimes, naturally, I forget to choose this long view. However, in increments I try to be better day by day.