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Hi I'm Matt

I was born in Italy to US Navy parents and grew up near Seattle, WA. I love traveling, and I love nature. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a recent graduate from BYU in European Studies with minors in English and Russian. If there's one thing about me that's always been a defining characteristic, it's curiosity and interest in the larger world. Rather than be satisfied with a national perspective, I've always sought an international one and tried to expand my world. As a result I've gone on studies abroad to England and Russia and I cherish my LDS Mission to Bulgaria.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a Mormon all my life, but I've always had the choice to leave the Mormon Church. But being a Mormon seems more than a question of loyalty or personal identity. I believe that its teachings are true, and have framed my life and given me the capacity to be a much better person than I would have been otherwise. And it's that truth that I can't turn away from. What's more, I don't want to turn away from it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith simply. I attend church meetings to receive spiritual nourishment, I try to avoid contention in my personal life and in relationships with others, and I serve in whichever capacity is asked of me by my church leaders. Often this has just been a calling to teach Sunday School or help organize church activities or even the musical programs for Sunday meetings.

What is faith?

Faith is many things. Part of it is choosing what kind of attitude you're going to have about life. A faithful attitude is one that perceives miracles, blessings, and goodness in place of luck, good fortune, or happenstance. While the one attitudes sees things as coincidental and arbitrary, the other sees things as purposeful and deliberate. Faith begins as a perspective, but as you cultivate it, it becomes more than just perspective-- it becomes truth, and you begin to act on the unseen but very real influence of God in your life. Show more Show less