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Hi I'm Matt Holyoak

I was born in Indiana, and raised in Rexburg Idaho. I love Snowboarding, Wakeboarding, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I just finished my first year of college at the LDS business college in Salt Lake City UT. I am majoring in professional sales/Marketing. But I am taking a 2 year break from college to serve my mission in the Hawaiian Islands. I am really excited to serve the people of Hawaii, but it will also be a struggle for me because I love surfing, and I wont even be able to step on the sand!! Other than surfing my hobbies and interests include Snowboarding, Skateboarding, Wakeboarding, playing Basketball, editing movies, and playing all kinds of sports. I come from a family of 6 one brother who served his mission in Chihuahua Mexico, an older sister who just got married and a younger sister. My dad teaches biology at BYU-I, and my mom is a part time dental hygienist, and a full time mom.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, but just because you are born into something does not necessarily mean you understand what you are getting into. Although I have technically been a member of this church since I turned 8, I feel like I was spiritually converted to the church when I turned 17 and was away from home working at a summer camp as a wake-board instructor. The people that I worked did not have the same standards that I was raised with and I was tempted to do many things while I worked at my summer job. Luckily I had the strength to say no, and from that experience I realized that I really did enjoy the church and all of its teachings. That is why I am a Mormon because I have felt the spirit, and I can not deny that I fully believe all of the teachings of the church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by going to church every Sunday, and going to the temple as often as I can. I am a full time missionary now and as long as I obey all of the mission rules I can feel like I am living my faith to the fullest. I have served as a youth leader in the church at the age of 12-14 years old, and again at the age of 16-18. Once I turned 14 I was called to home teach 2 members of the ward that I live in. Being a missionary is no easy task, but it is certianly a rewarding one. I have felt the blessings of the lord on a daily basis since I was called to serve.

How does the Church finance its operations?

Matt Holyoak
The Church has a law of tithing that we as members of the church believe is a way of showing sacrafice to the lord. Every member of the church has been asked to donate 10% of their income to the church. This money is used to pay for temples, church houses, and even sending missionaries out into the world. Gordon B. Hinckley says, "Tithing is not so much a matter of dollars as a matter of faith. It becomes a privilege and an opportunity, not a burden." Tithing is one of the main ways that the church finances its operations. Another way is through business. The church has many wise and wonderful men and women that dedicate their time and efforts trying to make good decisions of how the church could invest in a good business plan or idea. An example of this would be the down town Salt Lake City, Creek mall. The church put a lot of money into that mall, but with in a few years the church will be making profit on that. Show more Show less