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Hi I'm Matt

I'm an Oregonian, a student at BYU-Idaho, and I'm teaching the gospel in Argentina.

About Me

I love the outdoors. Growing up in Oregon and being a boy scout has given me plenty of opportunities to be surrounded by nature, and I have come to love it. I love camping, hiking, biking, and running. After graduating from high school I applied to a few different universities and decided to attend BYU-Idaho, and I have absolutely loved it there! I am a chemistry, and hope to pursue a career that would involve me with nature and the environment. I have always wanted to serve a full time two year mission, and after a couple semesters at BYUI, I received a mission call to teach the gospel in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I am currently being trained so I will be able to speak Spanish, and teach the restored gospel of Jesus Christ to the people there. I am extremely excited to immerse myself in the gospel, and to have the opportunity to teach people of a different culture in a different language than what I am used to. I trust that Argentina is where the Lord wants me to be for the next two years of my life, and I am excited to see how it will bless my life, & the lives of those around me.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because everything good in my life has stemmed from the fact that I am indeed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and am trying to live a life like the example left for me by Jesus Christ. I have experienced so much joy as a result of being a member of the church; through the peace I feel because of my knowledge that my life has a purpose, through the love I feel from my Heavenly Father who I know wants me to succeed, through Christ's Atonement that allows me to repent and change, even though I mess up and make mistakes, and through the strength and faith I receive every day as I pray to God, read His words, and listen to His messages through His living prophets and apostles. I am a Mormon, because being a Mormon fills my life with more joy and truth than I could possibly find anywhere else in the world.

How I live my faith

Most recently I taught the young men my age and a little older in my student ward at BYU-Idaho in a Sunday school class , and enjoyed every minute of it. By having that calling, I discovered how I could experience so much personal growth by giving of myself and serving others. I have accepted the call to serve a full time mission for two years in Argentina, and I am grateful for the opportunity I have to give myself over completely to the Lord. I know that in addition to having a testimony, it is important to live what you believe. For me, that means that because I know that this gospel is real, I must give my whole life over to the Savior, and I am happy to be able to have such specific guidance as to where I can best serve the Lord for the next two years. I am confident that although I have put my academic endeavors on hold, these will not be two years wasted, but two years of enormous growth for me, and for those I will be able to teach.