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Hi I'm Matt Turner

I grew up in rural Kentucky. I eat, sleep, and breathe hunting and fishing! I'm a convert to the Mormon Church.

About Me

I grew up in the country south of Louisville, Kentucky on the Jefferson County/Bullitt County line. I'm a 6th generation Kentuckian and I take great pride in my home state. Of couse, I'm a U of K fan! Fishing and hunting are my passion. If I'm not at work, I'm usually outside chasing some kind of animal. I prefer to eat wild game over any type of meat from the store. My wife is a personal trainer and although she doesn't hunt, she appreciates the healthy food that I bring home. I got married in May of 2011 and have a little boy on the way. This is our first child and I'm excited and nervous at the same time. I grew up playing sports, but I guess I've grown out of them. I played soccer all the way through high school, but got out of it senior year so that I could start/run a business. I rock climbed competitively for 2 1/2 years. I eventually got in to natural body building a little bit. Now I'm just a chubby guy that doesn't do much besides work, hunt, and fish. I live next (within 25 miles) of three different mountain lakes that have cut throat trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, large and smallmouth bass, walleye, crappie, and perch. I chase them all year long, either on the ice, in a boat, or spearfishing underwater. I have an 18 month old yellow lab that is turning in to a premier bird dog. When the season is in I spend a lot of time with her chasing pheasants, ducks, chukar, grouse, and geese.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Presbyterian Church, but attended a Baptist school at a young age. I also frequented a youth program for a non-denominational Christian Church. I have always believed that there was a God. Growing up in the outdoors, I spent many nights under a star-lit sky and felt that there had to be Someone out there that helped put everything together. Although I believed that there was some sort of Supreme Being, I had very mixed feelings on organized religion. For part of my youth I wasn’t interested in religion at all. I never doubted that somewhere there was a God, but I saw many flaws with organized religion and the people involved with it. I began getting more involved in religious study my last year of high school. I decided to read the New Testament and tried to follow the advice of my religious leaders that counseled me to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As I began to study the Bible more frequently, I noticed a change in my life. I became a little more patient and a little more kind. I worked to end bad habits that I had developed. I wanted to become a better person and a better Christian. During my senior year of high school I became good friends with the only Latter-day Saint in our graduating class. He and I fished and hunted together and he would occasionally attempt to teach me about his faith. I rejected his efforts to share his strange religious beliefs with me, but I respected him because I knew that he truly believed in his church. He ended up leaving on a mission and left me with a copy of The Book of Mormon before he left. I let that book set on a shelf for almost 6 months before I opened it to see what it was all about. I began to study The Book of Mormon along with The Bible. I came to believe that the "crazy things" my friend taught me were actually true. I never thought I'd become a "Mormon" but I can honestly say that it's the best decision I've ever made.

How I live my faith

I have voluteered in many different ways in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am currently voluteering with the young men in my congregation. I teach Sunday school a little bit, but I also work with their scouting program. I'm an assistant scout master and this means that I have the opportunity to get them outside and teach them about the outdoors. We had our most recent activity a week ago and I took them ice fishing. We caught a bunch of rainbow trout, most of which were too small to eat. Previously I taught Sunday school to 16 & 17 year old young men and women. Prior to that I taught 7 & 8 year old's Sunday School. I've also volunteered to teach Sunday school for adults. I have a passion for teaching, whether I'm teaching someone about the outdoors or teaching them about Jesus Christ. I've been very fortunate to have some wonderful teachers in my life, so I attempt to give back to others.