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Hi I'm Matt

I'm a husband, father of ten beautiful children, a pediatric anesthesiologist, a Mormon, and I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

About Me

As a pediatric anesthesiologist, I have the opportunity to care for some of the smallest children born into this world - many of whom are starting out life with severe physical challenges. I am constantly humbled by the miracle of life and the opportunity to help alleviate some of the medical difficulties of these special children. In college, I studied both accounting and medicine. As I neared graduation, my wife and I had our first child, and I became concerned about the ability to balance a career as a physician with my family. Because of this concern, I embarked on a career in public accounting, taking a job for a large accounting firm in Seattle. I quickly realized that the business world wants every bit as much of your time as any other career and that balancing work and family is more about your priorities than your circumstances. After working for a year in accounting, I applied to medical school and started on a new journey in life. My wife and I already had two children when we started medical school, had two more during medical school, two more during my anesthesia residency, and one more during my fellowship. I heard many comments about how that would affect my training and career, and it truly did -- for the better! I always felt well-grounded, made my family my first priority, and always felt blessed in mind and spirit. My wife and I look fondly upon those challenging times where we put God and family first and were blessed beyond measure.

Why I am a Mormon

I have prayed for guidance throughout my life and have sincerely sought to know what the purpose of my life is and what path God would have me follow. I have studied and prayed diligently for countless hours to know if Jesus Christ truly is our Savior and if the the Bible and Book of Mormon contain the true word of God. I have come to know for myself through small whisperings from God to my heart and mind that these scriptures are true and Jesus Christ truly is our Savior. Through all the ups and downs of life, I have found the one sure foundation that provides lasting peace and happiness is sincerely trying to apply the teachings of Jesus Christ in my life. Doing this requires humility, faith, and diligence. It is not easy to sometimes stand alone in defense of what is right, but there is a real peace and comfort in living by principles you know to be true. I truly believe that such principled living is the key to true and lasting happiness in this life.

How I live my faith

The most important part of my life is being a good husband and father. With ten children, my wife and I stay plenty busy with all the regular household duties. I have a wonderful wife who, after earning her degree in human development, has found her greatest joy in raising upright, morally-grounded children who make a difference in the world and community. Our greatest happiness comes from encouraging one another in our family and growing stronger as we face life's challenges with faith, hope, and charity. I also try to live my faith by being kind, loving, and serving those around me at home, work, church, and in the community. One of the great opportunities my training as an anesthesiologist has allowed me to do is to travel to other countries to provide medical care to the poor and the needy. I have been blessed with opportunities to travel to Nicaragua and Ecuador to assist in corrective surgeries for those who otherwise would not have been able to receive treatment because of their poverty. It is very rewarding to serve my fellow man in a way similar to how the Savior Jesus Christ did when he was upon the earth. My wife and I try to teach our children the principles of Jesus Christ, not only by talking to them about it in the home, but by being examples in the way we live. We seek for opportunities to serve others in the community, church, and everyday life. It is very rewarding to see your children grow older and begin to find the joy in giving of themselves in serving others.