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Hi I'm Matt

I grew up in Northern California. I love to lead. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love law. At a young age I was able to attend the American Legion Boys State conference for my home state of California. I found that I loved to campaign and express my political, moral, and personal views. I was hooked. I came home and ran for student government and was elected the Associated Student Body President of my high school. After that happened, I was really able to do the things that I wanted. I loved planning rallies, organizing fundraisers, and working with local community leaders. After my senior year, I was accepted into the college of my choice, Brigham Young University. I participated in BYUSA, a service organization dedicated to serving the students. I was right at home. I loved participating in activities with like-minded youth. I managed budgets, advertised, and carried out public events with my great team. This sounds a little bit like a resume, doesn't it? The fact of the matter is that I LOVE to work and interact with people. A slightly humorous thing about me is that I believe in the Meyer-Briggs personality test, and I am a registered ENTJ. I love what I love and dislike what I don't, and I haven't found many people with the same motivations that I have yet. At BYU I am studying political science, but have to take a break for two years to serve the people of Tulsa, Oklahoma on a church service mission. My dream job is to be a congressman for my district in California, however many years separate me from my goals.

Why I am a Mormon

It was not until around my 15th birthday that I decided it was time for me to decide for myself whether or not this church was the correct one. I was at an activity with our youth group and we were listening to a guest speaker named Brad Wilcox, a professor of religion and scriptorian extraordinaire. I was really enjoying the different principles he was explaining and the scriptures that he was using, and his style was really influential. In his talk, he challenged us to ask God, our Heavenly Father if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was true. I thought to myself, "well, that doesn't seem like too difficult of a thing to do" so I did it. I was surprised by the response that I received. Usually when I had prayed, it was a short, quick "thank you for _____ please help me with _____" very mechanical prayer. This prayer was different from the start; I began by asking my Father in Heaven if he was there or if he loved me. I waited. Nothing. "Heavenly Father, I have been in this church for a long time. Is this the right place to be?" Then I felt it. Very small, but very much there, there was a small warm feeling that confirmed to me that I was doing the right thing, and that this church was very much the true and correct one. A lot of times people just do things to do them. "Why do you do that?" some ask. The answer is usually "I don't know" or "it's always been done this way." This was kind of where I was at in my life, and I wanted to change being a follower so that I could be a leader for good. I found my answer, and since then have been able to be a more dynamic part of what I love, our church and gospel.

How I live my faith

Growing up, I was always involved in church. My parents have been members of the Church since before I was born and are terrific examples. I have gone to church every week of my life ever since I was an infant, with few exceptions. Although it was sometimes difficult, attendance soon became something that I desired. I became a little bit more mature and at 12 was called to be the leader of the 12-13 year old boys in our congregation. I served in this capacity for two years, and then at age 14 was asked to do the same for the 14-15 year old boys. This was a step of responsibility up from the previous calling; that is, it wasn't more prestigious in any way, but there was simply more to do. I attended meetings regularly with the leader of our congregation and planned activities for our age group and for all of the youth in our congregation. At 16, I was asked to be the second assistant to the leader of our congregation, the bishop. I served in this capacity for a year, and then was asked to be the first assistant. I worked with our bishop often and served the members of our congregation. I left my home congregation, or ward, and went off to college at age 18. At college, I continued to attend church, but it was much different. The wards are called "YSA" wards or Young Single Adults and are for all of those who aren't married and are ages 18-30. I served as the Sunday School President, which consisted of managing curriculum and teachers for our ward. In the fall, I was assigned to be the Executive Secretary to the Bishop. I created about 40 weekly appointments with our bishop every week. Now, I've been called to go and serve for two years in the Oklahoma Tulsa Mission speaking the native language of spanish. I pay $400/month to be away from my family and friends, with very limited contact, which is hard, but I do it because I love this church and know that it brings joy and truth to everyone.