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Hi I'm Matt Youngberg

Born in Utah and raised in Payette, Idaho. I'm a musician, runner, reader, student, friend, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Right now, I am preparing to serve in the México, Torreón mission. I am a student at Brigham Young University, where I'm taking classes with no aim whatsoever at what I'd like to earn a degree in-- I'm still quite unsure. In my spare time, though, I love to be around others and to spend time with those I care about. I love being in cities (shout out to my go-to: Boise), and you can find me spending a lot of time in them, although I love residing in a quiet, rural area. I'm an avid reader of contemporary fiction, and love books that make your mind churn with ideas and thoughts and questions about people and life the minute you finish the last sentence. I'm in love with running. I'm a well-rounded musician that loves to collaborate with others and to just kick back and enjoy the grooves, builds, dynamics, and feelings that music offers us. I'm a brother to three younger sisters. I'm a friend to those who want and need one. I appreciate the arts, and I hope that I always find time to do so as I grow older. I love Christ, and I love the Gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the Gospel. It doesn't necessarily mean that it's always come easy to me. The lifestyle I live and the friends I have definitely caused me to be very intellectually active-- making sense of why things are the way they are, if certain things are true, if they are not, and what morals and ideals we should have for ourselves that would be most beneficial to myself and this world. However, as I've searched hard and diligently for answers that I've needed to my questions through scripture, prayer, and observance of my own life and others, I've been able to figure out how the Gospel personally fits in my life, in the life of others, and in the life of the world. Today, we live in a world that answers to ourselves and only to ourselves. However, I have a testimony of Christ risen and the atonement that He made for us. The atonement wasn't just for sins-- it was for everything single negative thing in this world. Christ has felt it all, from the divorce of parents, to the death of a loved one, to depression, to being bullied, to not knowing where your next meal is going to come from, everything. He has felt it all. And He has suffered it all for us. Not necessarily to save us from our troubles and our sorrows, but to help us bear them. By feeling everything that we have felt in this life, He has provided us with one safehaven, one comfort, one friend: Him. Christ is there for you, He is there for me, and He is there for everyone. We just have to come unto Him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith more out of example than anything else. Growing up, all of my friends were not Mormon. There were never a lot of kids of my faith around where I lived. As I got older with the same set of friends, we became more urban, more musical, more social. Kind of like the punk city-kids that go to lots of shows, playing loads of video games, and always have something going on. We became an all-around group, pulling in as many people to be with us as there wanted to be, and we provided a fall-back place for a lot of kids when they didn't have anywhere to be or anything to do. I loved being friends to all these people I came in contact with. I opened up my home for a lot of these kids that were with us. My family and I hosted many parties, or even made our home a place to be around when nothing else was going on. Through being friends to many kids, they were able to come into our home and hopefully feel the Spirit that resided there. Many still comment that my house was one of their favorite places to be, and there was something different about it. It's funny, because a lot of these kids still show up at my house even though I'm off at college. They just want to be there. I'm not very forward about the Gospel-- I never have been. My attitude has always been "live and let live", but I have always tried very hard to be an example of the believers, and be an example to others of what Christ can do in their lives, by showing them how He has affected mine. Some of the basics: I don't swear, I don't drink or do drugs, I don't engage in sex-- the regulars. I've been very blessed to still fit in with many of these intellectual, show-going, harder lifestyle city-kids that I have always loved to befriend, and they've befriended me too. I think being a friend is the best way I live my faith. I truly hope they see something different about me. I know that some have.