Hi I'm Matt
I'm a developer for a small marketing firm in Irvine, California. I love spending time with my family. My interests range from urban exploration to church service to sports. I am also interested in technology, new media, and all things digital.
Making the world a better place is what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is all about. I came to this realization when I was a freshman in college and preparing to serve two years as an LDS missionary. Although I was born and raised a Mormon, I wasn't entirely certain that being one was right for me, until a passage in the Book of Mormon changed my outlook. Prior to entering college, I was challenged to read the Book of Mormon cover-to-cover and decide for myself whether or not it was true. As I read the book, my decision to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church was solidified, but I still wasn't completely converted. One evening late in the school year, I read the following words from the book, found in Ether, chapter 12: "Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world..." While this concept may not be very profound, for some reason it spoke directly to me, and the Spirit of God confirmed to me what I had really always known, that the Church and the book were of God, and I wanted to share my hope for a better world with everyone. It wasn't the words that converted me, it was God.
There are so many circumstances that I can look to in my life where I can point to prayer as a catalyst for positive events, personal growth, and learning. More often than not, I can point to prayer as a source of comfort, especially when things weren't "going my way". Prayer is really an opportunity for us to talk to the living God, to tap in to that infinite source of wisdom and commune with Deity. It really helps us determine the best choices to make for ourselves, but not only that, to be reminded that we're not alone in the universe - which is what prayer really has done for me. God already knows everything - prayer is a means for us to explore powerful truths and figure out our place in it all. Prayer has really helped me to do that. Not only that, it has helped me discover for myself that the Book of Mormon and Bible are true, and that God speaks to the world today. That knowledge inspires me to do the right things.
In the Church, surprising as it may sound, no one is paid for what they do - we have an entirely lay ministry. Despite this, the Church is still an effective global organization with a centralized message and worldwide mission to help others. That means everyone plays a part, male and female, rich and poor, highly experienced and "just starting out". At this stage in my life, I still feel like I'm "just starting out" in the work of the Church, but I've been privileged to play a role in helping organize and care for the needs of fellow members of my local congregation as well as work on specialized public relations projects for the Church in my regional community. The best part is, I often get to participate with my wife in these opportunities to serve, which really makes this a family affair for us. We get to use our skills to show people how Mormons are helping others, while, at the same time, hopefully, helping our friends understand what inspires Mormons in the first place.