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Hi I'm Matthew

I'm a husband. I'm a father. I'm a software engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have three beautiful, wonderful, smart (sometimes too smart) daughters ages four, two, and not yet one and yes, I'm biased in my opinion. My wife and I both graduated from college at the same time and she had our first daughter two weeks later. My family is my pride and joy. I graduated in Computer Science which, for me, was no small feat - it took me more than one try to get passed more than one class. I feel grateful to have employment and generally enjoy what I do though, like any job, it has its days. I enjoy swing dancing and love listening to music from that era; from Glen Miller Band to Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington to members of the Rat Pack. If I could pick anything to do with my time I would choose being on a date with my sweetheart.

Why I am a Mormon

It's easy to say "I'm a Mormon because I was born and raised as one," and there's probably some truth to that. Nonetheless, I would not be a Mormon based on that alone. When I was about 13 or 14, I began desiring to know for myself if the Book of Mormon was true. The reason for my inquiry stemmed partly from realizing that, if it was true, then so was everything else I had been taught. I recall one night praying by my bedside asking in as earnest a prayer as I could muster if it was true. When I climbed into bed, I had a smile on my face from ear to ear; I couldn't stop grinning. It took me a while to figure out why, but when I associated the prayer with that feeling of joy, I realized it was an answer to my prayer. Since that time I have had many other witnesses to my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contains the gospel of Christ in its purity and simplicity. I am a Mormon because the Spirit has testified to my heart that it is as its name states: the Church of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

In the LDS church we are given "callings", or opportunities to serve in our congregations. These are without pay and are fulfilled gladly. At the moment, I feel I have one of the best callings I could ever hope to receive: I'm a music leader for children ages 8-11! I love interacting with the children, singing with them, and sharing my testimony with them. The children learn songs quickly and to hear them sing praise and gratitude to God warms my heart often. Another service opportunity is that of being a "home teacher". Myself and another brother in our congregation are "companions" and we visit two families each month. In this brief visit of only 30 minutes or so we share a spiritual message and ask the family how they are doing. It is a way of caring for each other and helping others when they need it. Similarly, my family receives home teachers into our home each month. Our home teachers have helped us out with some simple things like cleaning out our rain gutters and showing us how to de-winterize our swamp cooler. Simple acts of service like this help me feel watched over and cared for. I love the associations that church service offers me. It fills me with the love of my Savior and helps me come to know Him better.