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Hi I'm Matthew

I'm a doctoral student in mathematics and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a graduate student studying pure mathematics. I've always been gifted academically, and for me pursuing a lifetime of learning has seemed the best way for me to use my gifts and contribute to the world around me. I spend a lot of time each week both learning and teaching mathematics, and thinking about unsolved math problems. In the time that's left I keep busy playing basketball or ultimate frisbee, going running, playing the bells at the university's belltower, and participating in my local church congregation.

Why I am a Mormon

So much of the life I enjoy today stems from the gospel. I was raised a member of the Latter-Day Saint church, with a gospel-centered home and a strong congregation of great teachers and role models. While my family isn't perfect, it has still been very good. I love the support and sense of community that comes from the church. I love the association of people with shared values and priorities. I am thankful for this, and it is something I want for my future family. I love and am impressed by the organization that is the church. I travel a good amount as part of my mathematical activities. I still find it amazing that wherever I travel I can find a local congregation of wonderful church members that welcome me instantly. It's also amazing to see the church welfare system in action, especially in times of natural disaster, made possible by the organization of the church.

How I live my faith

I believe that faith cannot be separated from other parts of life. For me, my faith is a way to hold me accountable for being the kind of person I ought to be. It gives me standards of goodness and morality that I probably wouldn't strive for otherwise. It keeps my priorities in check with what they should be, so I don't get caught up in everyday cares with no lasting value. I live my faith by striving to be humble, recognize the blessings we have that come from God, and look outward rather than inward. Being part of a church congregation forces me to go outside of my shell, to meet and serve and become friends with people that I wouldn't meet otherwise. In a world full of classes, clubs, and teams, each dedicated for a specific activity, the church provides a setting to deal with the bigger questions of life itself. It is a place to learn and practice kindness and service, a place to address real human needs. I have served in official capacities at church such as pianist and teacher. But I feel most of my contribution comes through quiet, everyday acts of love and friendship.