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Hi I'm Matt

I just got my Mission call to Houston, Texas. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to run, hike, and play just about any sport you can name. This is not, however, because I am good at them. I'm not exceptionally athletic, but I do love the feeling of getting your heart rate up, and the wind in your face as you sprint after a frisbee, or book it through the final quarter mile of a 5k. I also love to challenge myself in schooling, love to learn. Stars and space hold a special place in my heart. Stargazing is my favorite way to put things back into perspective. After my mission, I will attend BYU in Provo.

Why I am a Mormon

I've grown up in the Church, but my family hasn't always been the most active. When I was eight years old, my mom had to start working Saturday night shifts at the hospital, and my dad had no desire to go to church without her. I decided then, as an eight year old boy, to go to church every week with or without my family. It wasn't always easy, but I believe that that early decision to commit to being an active member has made many other decisions in my life easier, like whether to serve a mission or not. Deciding from that young has made the happiness of this Gospel a constant piece of my life. I cannot imagine a life where Christ and his glorious works and words are not omnipresent. I love the comfort found in the scriptures, and would be utterly lost without their words of guidance. I cannot wait until the day I'm set apart as a full time missionary to share the knowledge that is so near and dear to me with the world.

How I live my faith

This summer, I spent eight weeks in a college dorm taking college classes. The program took about 500 kids, and I was the only Mormon in the group. My religion was soon how people distinguished me, I became "Matt the Mormon." I tried everyday to live in such a way that would portray the LDS values accurately. I constantly walked out on movies, opted out of games, and did my best to never let a vulgar joke, word, or saying cross my lips. Of course, I was far from perfect. But, with the Grace of Christ, I do believe I was able to leave a lasting mark on the minds of my peers of what Mormons believe, how we act, and why we act that way.