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Hi I'm Matt

I'm a guitarist, singer, and songwriter in a band. I work at a school for kids with autism. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I have been playing guitar since I was 12 years old. Now I'm the guitarist, singer, and songwriter of a band. I love doing side projects with other musicians as well. Music is a big part of my life and I love it. I love doing things outdoors. I hike and bike every week. I currently work at a school for kids with autism. This is the best job I've ever had and it is very rewarding. I am a junior in college and I am studying to become a health teacher. When I was 15 years old, I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. It has been hard, but I couldn't imagine life without it. I've learned so much from having this disease. I've grown close to my friends, my family, and my Heavenly Father through it all. I love my life and I wouldn't trade it for anyone else's.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church but my family was not active in the Church. My friends who lived on my street went to church, and so a lot of the time I would go with them. I loved the people there and the spirit I felt there. As a youth, I oftentimes found myself going by myself. Sometimes my family would come with me too. When I was 14, I had an experience that would affect the rest of my life. My parents let me stay at home by myself for a week while they went out of town. This was the first time they had trusted me with this. Each night, they would call home at 10pm to see if I was home and safe. Each night after they called, I would go out and hang out with my friends. One night, they called at 10 and then I left as usual. But this time they called again 15 minutes later. I wasn't there to answer. My mom was so scared and she called all the neighbors and all of my friends to find me. When she found out where I was and got a hold of me on the phone she was crying. She was very scared and mad. She told me they were coming home early from their trip and would be home the next day. I went home and awaited my fate. That night I felt scared and very alone. I had no one to talk to. At church, I remembered learning how to pray. So that night, I knelt down and offered a simple prayer. I asked God to help my parent's to not be mad and forgive me. This was the first time I really talked to God. I felt comforted that night, and I waited for my parents to come home the next day. When they got home, they were not mad at all. And yet the night before, they were very mad. I had a feeling, that I now recognize was the Holy Ghost, telling me that they were not mad at me because this is what I prayed for. I was overwhelmed. I prayed to God to tell Him thanks. That night I received a testimony that God is real. I later, through prayer and spiritual experiences, gained a testimony about Jesus Christ, His true church, and the Book of Mormon.

How I live my faith

In the community, I am involved with special needs programs. I work at a school for kids with autism. I love those kids and they are a light in my life. They make life so much more happy. I love going to institute each week. Institute is organized by the Church and it offers classes in which you can study certain gospel topics or scriptures in more depth. In my institute class this year we are studying the Pearl of Great Price. In the Pearl of Great Price we learn more about Adam and Eve, Enoch, Moses, Abraham, and other prophets. I feel the Spirit every time I go, and I love learning from my teacher and my friends. In my ward (church group at a local level), I participate in home teaching. Home teaching when me and my companion (another member of the ward) go and visit specific ward members to whom we've been assigned to help and watch over. Each month, we go an visit two men and two women. We give them a spiritual lesson and offer our services. Last week I help one of the ladies with a car problem. I am made some life long friends through home teaching. In my ward I have also been assigned as a home teaching supervisor. I have the opportunity to help others with their home teaching assignments. For example, someone's companion isn't able to go home teaching with them, I will fill in for them. It's awesome.