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Hi I'm Matt

I'm a husband, a father, an entrepreneur, a pilot, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 3 girls and a son. I have a wonderful and beautiful wife that keeps our family together and focused on what is most important. I enjoy building businesses designed to improve and enhance people's lives. Family life is very important to me. While I greatly enjoy going to work and building companies, there is nothing I enjoy more than coming home and being tackled at the doorway by my young children. In my spare time I enjoy playing sports, flying airplanes, spending time in the mountains, snowmobiling and water skiing.

Why I am a Mormon

Life is hard! Death, layoffs, sickness, and war seem to impact each of us personally at one time or another. While my life has been good overall, these trials have touched me and my family personally. In these moments of extreme difficulty, you question your own existence. Who am I? Why am I here? What is life's purpose? Why these trials? Is there a better way? In my search for answers I discovered personally that the words of the prophets as recorded in the scriptures provide answers to these questions. As I tried the repeated invitations to come unto Christ and studied their many witnesses of the peace, mercy and goodness of God I learned in a very personal way of the reality that I have a Heavenly Father. I learned that He hears and answers my prayers. I learned that He loves me and wants me to return to Him. I learned that obedience to his Word is liberating. I learned that following in the footsteps of His Son opens the pathway to peace and safety. In this process of discovery and building my relationship with God, I have also learned that Jesus Christ has restored His Church, His priesthood and the ordinances necessary for salvation, and that He speaks through prophets in our day. These are tremendous blessings! They give me hope for a brighter, more perfect and glorious day. They create the possibility of being with my family forever. They are a source of great strength and peace during troubling and difficult times. That is why I'm Mormon.

How I live my faith

Heaven only knows that I'm not perfect. However, I do try to live my faith and remain true to the promises I have made beginning with baptism. As I begin my days, I wake before my family and take time to study and ponder the scriptures. I am not perfect at this, but I find the times I do allocate time for thoughtful study, that I am blessed with greater strength to do what's right. I have served in the Church as a Bishop, Young Men's president, Primary teacher, and missionary. Each opportunity to serve has required sacrificing time, talents, and energy. However, each has been very rewarding. Working with the youth is invigorating. It gives one great hope for the future when you see young people act and behave in a manner consistent with the teachings of Christ. Teaching young primary children between ages 5-8 was wonderful. They are full of faith and anxious to listen and learn as long as you're creative and engaging as a teacher. It's no wonder the Savior reproved his apostles and suffered the children to come unto Him. Through sacrificing what I want most at the moment for each of these callings, I have found great strength and a love for people and life that I never would have known had I not taken a leap of faith.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Matt
We believe everything we have comes from God. When someone is in need, the ultimate expression of gratitude is to give freely of your substance, service and love to lift "the hands that hang down." The Church and it's members use the welfare program to help ensure that the needs those who are heavy laden have somewhere to find a little rest, a little bread, and a little peace. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Matt
The priesthood is the Lord's plan of service. It is His authority given to man to be used in the building up of Jesus Christ's kingdom on the earth. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Matt
Yes, I know there is! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Matt
The Bible is the word of God. It contains many writings and teachings that guide and direct us back to Christ. I read it, I believe it, and I know it contains many saving truths that strengthen me. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Matt
The Savior taught that all men and women must be baptized. Jesus Christ exemplified this when He was baptized to fulfill all righteousness. What then of the Billions who have and will live and die without ever hearing of His message? God a just God and a merciful God also. As a result, He will give each and ever child an opportunity to accept Him prior to judgment. Death does not negate the requirement of baptism. So, we perform this work for those who have passed that we all might be made perfect in Christ and ensure they receive the ordinances necessary for salvation. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Matt
Sunday services are fantastic. Everyone is welcome. Messages center on Christ and his teachings. There are Sunday School classes for all ages and levels of experience and understanding. No matter where you are, you will find open hands and hearts ready to welcome you. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Matt
Jesus Christ is the object of our faith. It's in Him and through Him and by Him that a man and his family can return to our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Matt
No, we do not worship Joseph Smith. We revere him as a prophet, like Adam, Moses, Abraham, Noah, and Peter. He spoke with God and restored Christ's Church to the earth after the great apostasy prophesied in the Bible. The only beings that we worship are God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. These three distinct and separate beings make up the Godhead. We worship them alone. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Matt
No, we believe in blessing the whole human race. Jesus Christ himself did not differentiate between or withhold his love from anyone. He served everyone perfectly, and it is our responsibility to do the same - without prejudice - according to the wants of those who stand in need. Show more Show less