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Hi I'm Matt!

I'm a fine art photographer, a storm chaser, and musician from Northern California and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived in the San Francisco bay area most of my life, and am married to a special education teacher with whom we have two wonderful daughters. I have worked in restaurants, and art galleries, have managed picture frame shops and recently have been looking to show people the beauty of this world through photography. I enjoy it in that it gets me out of the ordinary and places me often times in from of the extraordinary. Heavenly father has created a world full of wonder and I greatly enjoy exploring it and showing it to others. Music takes up another portion of my time, and finds me playing various stringed instruments in various genres of music. Being artistic means so much to who I am and to how I view this world, and how I bring up my two children. Meanwhile, the job of being a father is non-stop and I also enjoy every minute of it, even as my oldest daughter is starting to become and behave like a teenager. It's a continual adventure to be a part of my family's life and I am so grateful for the ways that they keep me grounded. I feel very blessed in so many ways, and even when times are tough, can look at these blessings and use them to turn around my attitude when needed.

Why I am a Mormon

Because I'm an artist, my mind tends to go into those places where there are strange questions to be asked… wondering about time never ending and space being infinite have kept me up late many nights, pondering the meaning of living on a little blue rock as it were, hurtling through the vast immenseness of space, and what our short life spans mean to the cosmos. I find that the gospel of Jesus Christ answers the questions of "Why am I here?" "Where did I come from?" and "Where am I going" so well and articulate that it's easy to understand. Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has given meaning and answers to the many questions that have arisen in my life as I have looked for answers that have come to my mind. What's more is that I have enjoyed learning that we have a Heavenly Father who wants to answer these questions and that we can pray to Him and receive revelations. Sometimes these answers come as thoughts to our minds and sometimes they are answered through family, friends, and church leaders. The spirit of revelation known as the Holy Ghost plays a central part of my life as I raise my family and live in an inner city area of the SF bay area. It is also comforting to me to know that God has special witnesses in the way of Prophets and Apostles in this age and time. Through them we can learn more about the meaning of our lives and how to live in the world in this day and age. Their examples give me a goal for how I want to operate as a Husband and as a father. Though I am far from perfect in so many ways the gospel impacts almost every aspect of my life.

How I live my faith

I have served in the church in many different ways. There are many offices to fill, and they take prayerful consideration quite often while operating within the duties of the callings. Currently I have been a Boy Scout troop leader, which is pretty funny since I never as a child excelled at being a scout. I do bring my passion for the outdoors to my troop and my love for this country that I live in and the freedoms it gives to its' citizens, but still cannot for the life of me tie a knot to save my life. I have served in many aspects of the church's organization through the years, all of which caused me to stretch and find skills that I didn't know I had within me, as that the type of work I was required to do was always outside of my expertise. That's what the gospel of Jesus Christ has done to and for me. It has undoubtedly caused me to stretch and grow in ways that I would never have thought of. I can now teach lessons to a group of people, and have given talks to various congregations. These are things I feared doing. I have found that when called upon to serve that the Lord has lifted me to be commensurate with the calling. I have also greatly enjoyed the fellowshipping that is part of the church organization. To be visited from month to month and asked by other members of the faith if our needs are being met, and sharing gospel centered messages, and also being able to do the same for others is a valuable part of my life experience. I have been the recipient of so much love and caring through the members of my local congregations, and have been able to show the same to others, and it has without a doubt made my life richer.