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Hi I'm Matt

I'm a husband, father, teacher, I love being in the ocean, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Jack of all trades master of none. I know about and have experienced a little bit of everything. I've traveled for fun, adventure and as a missionary. I've dabbled in graphic design, photography, taught High School and Middle School. I taught everything from Econ to English. One year I taught 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, Geography and Video Productions in the same semester. I surf, snowboard, played football in high school and climbed rocks in college. I write music, like music, and played live music Thursday nights for 5 years. I'm 32 and this is the third year since kindergarden that I haven't been enrolled in school. Yet of all these hobbies and interests I'm happiest as a husband to my wife, father to my children, and when in good standing with God.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon is like watching sports in Hi-definition. I was watching sports at my parents house and my dad walked by and said "why are you watching it on that station?" He grabbed the remote and turned it to the Hi-def affiliate for that station. I couldn't believe the difference. I don't have a hi-definition TV at home but it's hard to watch sports now unless it is 1080p. When I watch sports in standard resolution I am bothered by the lack of clarity. This is why I like being Mormon. Modern prophets and apostles, new scripture, priesthood authority, and the gift of the Holy Ghost help broadcast my personal experiences in clear contrast to life without the gospel. Life seems manageable without being Mormon, just as I managed to follow the game in standard resolution. But seeing life through the lenses that Joseph Smith and the restored doctrine have revealed makes life's choices sharp and clear. It brings clear answers to life's hard questions. All it requires is someone to come along and change the channel. Once you see the difference then you can upgrade your life so that you can enjoy the quality and resolution that comes from being Mormon.

How I live my faith

Serving my community is a great joy. I have organized community clean-up projects, clubs and organizations at the high school, and coached sports. I love working with our neighbors in their yards, homes, and with their families. I've been active in Boy Scouts and working with grants to help teachers work better with other teachers. Lately we've been working on organizing our community's disaster preparedness program. These opportunities help bring love and gratitude in our hearts and home.

In whom should we have faith?

Matt
Faith is the first principle of all action. We should have faith in a lot of things and people: faith in our spouse and that our marriage will last, faith in our children and that they will make right choices, faith in our car that it will start and get us to work on time. Faith in Jesus Christ means that we will work to do the things that he would do. When we have faith in Christ we work to keep his commandments, love one another and build his kingdom on earth. With faith in Christ we seek after a remission of our sins, baptism by immersion, and the gift of the Holy Ghost. With these blessings we receive a greater hope, peace in this life, and joy even amidst adversity and trials. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Matt
Paul answered the question this way, "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are (1 Cor. 3:16-17)." Paul teaches that our bodies are like temples -- places for God's Spirit to dwell. God's Spirit will not dwell in defiled temples -- unhealthy bodies. God does not destroy defiled bodies, but rather unhealthy bodies are destroyed by unhealthy living; i.e. lack of sleep, improper eating habits, and neglect. When I am exhausted, or participating in unhealthy life styles my body feels unclean -- no place for God's spirit. The fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, self-control (see Gal. 5:22-23). I know that when I am unhealthy it is hard to experience such feelings. When I am rested and obedient to the God's law of health as revealed to Joseph Smith, which emphasizes proper eating and abstaining from tobacco, alcohol, Coffee, Tea and illegal drugs, I have His Spirit with me -- I feel the strength to be more patient, love more and be happier. Today I teach my children the reason for the not drinking coffee, tea, alcohol, etc. using Paul's inspired counsel; defiling our bodies with coffee, tea, and alcohol inhibits God's Spirit from being with us; thus, as Paul declared, destroying our hope of being guided and protected by Him. I know by obeying this law we may enjoy the companionship of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less