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Hi I'm Matt Deibel

I live in Michigan. I'm married with 4 children and work as an ER doctor and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as the oldest in a family of 8 children. My parents were both converts to the church - one was Lutheran the other Catholic. We were rather poor growing up in the middle of Michigan, but we had a lot of fun. I graduated from high school and went to BYU studying chemical engineering, then computers (my major), and finally pre-med. After the first year of school I went on a mission to California for 2 years speaking Laotian and met many amazing people. I finished undergrad after just 5 years and ended up in medical school in Detroit. My wife and I had met at BYU and we then married after the first semester of med school. My grades improved dramatically after marriage :) I graduated with honors and went to Grand Rapids to train to be an emergency physician. After 3 more years we took a job in Iowa and then back to Michigan where I currently work. We have 4 children, 1 during med school and 1 during residency - we didn't find that very easy. Now we enjoy more free time and love doing things together. We enjoy outdoors / camping / exploring. I also like to run, but am not very fast.

Why I am a Mormon

Honestly, it started because I was born into the church. Although both my parents were just new members, we were very active. My own understanding started in my youth. It then progressed tremendously while in college and my mission. Overall, though, I saw the biggest change in my life when I had my own family and did an honest, thoughtful reading of the Book of Mormon. I felt a very strong connection with God that continues to grow as I pray and read both the Bible and Book of Mormon.

How I live my faith

I spend a lot of time working with the youth of the church, particularly the young men - ages 12-18. While scouting and outdoor activities is part of it, there is a lot of focus on them becoming well-rounded adults. It is fun, although sometimes tiring. It makes it all worth it to see them become young adults with integrity, who work do good for others around them.