I am 43 years old. I grew up in Southern California and also lived in Northern Utah throughout my youth, as an adult I have lived mostly in the southern and mid-Atlantic states, and currently, I live in Maryland.

I am an average guy who happens to love the Lord. I love His ways, His commandments, and the holy scriptures. I have always been engrossed in the scriptures since a very young age, and I have always sought knowledge from them. I believed, and I acted on that belief that the scriptures could teach me, not only about the character and nature of God but also how to approach Him and be received by Him. I came to Him with questions, I kept His commandments, and obeyed His voice and that is what lead me to Him.

As a youth, I found that the scriptures answered most if not all my initial questions, but then I found I had new questions or more questions which grew from my ponderings and readings. I sought for answers to those questions, and when the scriptures could not answer them I turned to other people, my parents, and religious leaders and they could not answer my question. And so, it was through prayer and studying that I sought and received answers to my deeper questions. It was through seeking, studying, pondering, asking, knocking, praying that He began to teach me all about Him. He opened up the way before me, that from one small step to the next my questions were answered, and as I continued, I was slowly being prepared to be able to come to Him and enter into His presence.

As for my background. I attended public school until the 8th grade at which time I was homeschooled for the remainder of my general education. I recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Liberty University in Business Administration-Healthcare Management. As for continuing education. I am pursuing a Masters of Arts in Developmental Psychology, which is a long time coming, and, mostly for fun. I have enjoyed learning about myself, and also others and how morality, what one perceives as truth or right, shapes us.

I am also a Veteran of The United States Air Force Reserves Security Forces Squadron (SFS), I served from 2000 – 2008 and I was assigned to the 419th SFS Fighter Wing at Hill AFB, Utah and later 94th SFS Airlift Wing at Dobbins ARB, Georgia. I was called to Active Duty in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks and served in support of Operation Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, and Southern Watch.

Professionally, I work for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington D.C. as an Audiovisual specialist. I have been with the VA for over 15 years, and love most days. I have worn many different hats in the VA. I enjoy serving others, and in this capacity, I serve other Veterans.

I served an LDS mission in Sydney Australia but I was not your traditional missionary. I believed then, as I believe now, that the commands of God, the whisperings of the spirit and the commandments of the Lord trump all men and their traditions regardless of their position, title, or knowledge. You should not lean upon the flesh, your own wit, or that of someone you perceive with greater knowledge. The only person that is authorized to lead you or who you should follow is the Lord Jesus Christ.

For fun or fitness, I am into weight lifting, High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), I have played competitive rugby, some of my other hobbies include Genetic and Ancestral DNA research, Amateur Radio (73’s), blogging, hiking, marksmanship, and archery.

I share these things about myself so you can see, I am just like some of you. I have chronic pain, I have been divorced. I have struggled financially. Yet of all these life’s experiences, my most significant and the most fulfilling is my family, being a husband and a father, and my relationship with God, our Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, is my greatest joy. He lives, both the Father and the Son, I know this because I have seen and conversed with them both as one man speaks with another. Nothing else can top this or replace it.

Matthew Crockett