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Hi I'm Mathew Jentzsch

I'm a horticulturalist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Although I was raised in Oregon, I currently live in Utah. I have been married for 36 years now, and we have been blessed with 6 kids. All are gone now, and we are reaping the harvest by being able to be around our grand kids. I am a horticulturalist by trade, and am working with folks who cannot handle a regular garden to get just as many vegetables or more by doing their gardening in containers. I have recently learned how to play the Ukulele, and play with a friend in a little local band. He plays the banjo, and we love to play old country/folk songs.

Why I am a Mormon

While growing up, my family did not attend any particular church, although my mom was a Mormon in her youth. Going to an LDS ward was not convenient as we lived out in the country, and my mom did not have a drivers license, and I just don't think it was convenient for them to attend any of the local churches either. As I got older, my school friends invited me to play on the local church softball team, which I did. We were good, and won our share of games. Part of the requirement of playing on this team was that I had to attend the local non denominational church, and go to Vacation Bible School. I will always appreciate the things about the Bible that I learned there... but my increased attendance brought about a visit from the local Pastor to our family. The visit set off something inside my parents (mom) because she wanted us to grow up LDS. Soon the missionaries arrived and taught our whole family, and I along with 2 other sisters were baptized. But it was not until I was a teenager and struggling with adolescence that I even tried to find out if the Mormon church was really true. I was not active in the church when I went away to college, but certain circumstances made me question if there was even a God. I started to pray, and read the Book of Mormon with a higher intensity than ever before. I prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was true...for I had been taught from my church leaders ...if the Book of Mormon was true than it logically followed that the rest of the teachings of the Church were true. I remember reading a particular passage one night when a warm, prickly feeling started at the base of my neck and swept through my whole body, enlightening my soil and bringing with it a feeling of peace. It was the Holy Ghost confirming that what I was reading was true. Since that time, I have had the opportunity of feeling that same Spirit testify to me that other doctrine of the Church is true. And that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith by being obedient to Gods commandments. Not that I am perfect, but I am aware of them and do my best to follow them. I believe that Jesus Christ is my Savior, and by his Grace, I can be forgiven of those things that I do wrong. I try to be kind to others, and helpful where I can...whether it's folding up chairs after a meeting or helping someone through the airport. I try to set a good example for my kids and grandkids to follow, and strive to spend as much time with each of them as I can.