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Hi I'm Matt

I grew up in tiny Mtn. Green Utah. I am a former fat kid now marathoner, an entrepreneur, and an explorer! I'm a Mormon!

About Me

My name is Matt! I'm a recent college grad working my first "big boy" job. Living in the big city is very different than the small town I grew up in, but I am loving it! Life is what you make it. Growing up I enjoyed, and still enjoy, spending time with my family, skiing, singing, and almost anything. My big brother has always been my best friend. Our family consists of our parents, my big brother, and little sister. My little sister is six years my junior and I love her so much! My brother and I are only 17 months apart. My mom used to just buy two of everything and dress us the same. When I turned 7 I started gaining weight and fast. Jimmy and I found ourselves in different clothes as I started shopping in the adult section. By age 17 I was 5' 6'' and weighed 280 pounds! My friends quickly coined the nick name for me "Matty Fatty" and that became my identity. THIS IS NOT A SAD STORY! I enjoyed who I was. I believe that it is important to be healthy, but I also believe you should have a good time getting there. I was a funny fat kid and enjoyed that. When I turned 19 I served a mission in Korea and lost 120 pounds. I have kept the weight off and now run marathons. Such a blessing!!! My friends persist that I was funnier when I was fat, which I was, I had more to work with... literally. But, I love running and refuse to go back. I am writing a book called "Life as a Fat Kid, Defying Gravity" and am excited to help others where I can. I love adventure! I love Life!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 18 years old I read The Book of Mormon all the way through for the first time. As I read it, the teachings of Christ, which it holds, made so much sense in my mind. The teachings in The Book of Mormon make just as much sense to me as 2 + 2 = 4, or as the concept that putting water on fire will make the water hot. The teachings are plain and simple and they make sense. When I read the book, I feel good, I feel happy. When I asked God if it was true, I knew that it was. I came to the realization that I can bible bash all I want. Every argument I present will be countered and every argument that is countered I will be able to support in some other way with some other scripture. But God is God and God is truth. If I want to know whether The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Christ's one true and full church on the earth, I have nobody to ask except our Heavenly Father. He told me what was true when I demonstrated that I wanted the answer and that I was willing to act on the answer that I received. This gospel fills me with the knowledge that families are forever, that we have great purpose and great reason to live and to become better, and that I have a Father in Heaven who loves me and I love Him. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Christ's full gospel restored to the earth. We have living prophets that guide us and direct us. God and Christ, our Savior, both live. They love us and want us to be happy. These are things that I know! I love life! I love the gospel of Christ. This knowledge, that burns in me, is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite things about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is called home-teaching. As members of the church we take a friend and make visits to the houses of other members. On these visits we get to know each other better as members. We talk about what is happening in each other's lives and offer to help each other where we can. During the time that we are there, we also teach a short 5 minute lesson, have a discussion, and strengthen one another's knowledge and conviction of Christ and His gospel. As a 25 year old, I am apart of what is called the YSA program of the church. YSA stands for Young Single Adults. Essentially this means that all single adults, ages 18 to 30, go to church together. This is also the age group in which I do my home-teaching. This program, home-teaching, is especially good for this age group. We are at a time in our lives where many of us are away from home and family, going to school or working, and need people to love us and lift us up in hard times. It is important to have someone to call when you need help moving, or need to borrow a drill, or need someone to help you work through a problem. It is not uncommon in the church for people to call their home teachers in these situations. I have made some of my best friends and closest connections while doing home-teaching. It is something that has been a huge blessing in my life and I am grateful for it. It strengthens my faith in Christ and helps me to live as I believe He would want me to live. Doing my home-teaching is one way that I choose to live my faith.