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Hi I'm Matt

I'm a husband and father. I love teaching. I want to make life easier for the elderly, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love God and have come to know Him as my Father. He has given me so many blessings and I feel Him close, guiding me to identify and live a purposeful life. In so many ways, I'm living a "dream come true." I'm married to a sensitive, smart, beautiful, and inspiring woman (Summer) who is everything I ever hoped to find (though it took us a while to find each other!)...and she's so many things I didn't even know I hoped to find. I'm a father of two young children (Maren and Christian) who have me wrapped around every one of their forty fingers and toes. When I can't be with this dream-come-true family, I spend half my time teaching leadership skills at large companies (which I love) and half my time building an entity to help in the care of the elderly--in summary, I believe caregivers of those who are aging and those with dementia, those caregivers need more help and support in assembling the best options of care for their loved ones. I see US Healthcare as being tied in a really complex, big KNOT; but, I'm energized by innovative ways to solve, reshape, and reform the system so the knot can be untied. Our lives are blessed by amazing family and friends here in Minnesota, throughout the US, and around the world. We are so grateful to know God's plan for our happiness--we want to share that with anyone who is looking.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by my grandparents in a Mormon family, with generations before us having made sacrifices for our beliefs and settling in Cache Valley (Logan, Utah). I grew up with "believing blood," as some people call it...I had occasional questions about the fairness of life and the attributes of God and His laws and teachings--but for the most part, I have always felt that God loved me, that Jesus Christ, whose story is told in the New Testament, is the Only Begotten, Divine Son of God, and our Savior. I felt at a very young age that the story of Easter was true--that truly, "He is risen." Those words FELT true in a way beyond words. When I was 12 years old, I remember visiting the Sacred Grove, where the founder of our Church, Joseph Smith, went to pray to find out what church to join--and where he was visited by God the Father and Jesus Christ. At that young age, I remember feeling a confirmation of what I had always been taught, that such a visitation really did happen and that Joseph Smith was chosen to bring forward the Church of Jesus Christ--restored in the latter days. From then until now, I have read the Book of Mormon many times--and have proven those feelings again and again. That book is unmistakably the factor that has caused me not to just believe, but to passionately believe and to even say, "I know this Church is what it claims to be." The Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, has testified that Jesus Christ is our Savior (and I've learned why we need a Savior and how to access His grace and power). As I've served a mission for the Church, become married, and continued to study this Gospel, I have found answers to life's greatest questions. Occasionally, a question arises for which I don't have an answer....but what I do know swallows up what I don't. One day, I'll have all the answers I seek...but I have all I need to know that this is of God.

How I live my faith

Our faith and our participation in the Church is really a lifestyle that influences every minute we live. Our faith is the foundation for how our family is established and guides big decisions, like having Summer be a full-time mom at home, and it guides little decisions, like how we speak to each other and what entertainment we will watch...and not watch. We find such great strength in daily personal and family prayer, daily personal and family study of the Scriptures, eating together, playing together, and realizing that we are happiest when we are helping, serving, and loving others. My responsibility in the Church is to lead our outreach to those of other faiths and to help those new to our congregation feel welcome and that they understand our beliefs and are part of our "family." It is amazing to see the miracles God is doing here in Minnesota to gather His children to His Church.