Hey, I'm Matthew. I'm a student at ASU pursuing a degree in Creative Writing. I'd like to get a career as a publishing editor or a story/dialogue writer for video games, and I'm also seriously thinking about being a writing teacher. I'm also working on a science-fiction series that I hope to publish someday.
I served a mission in Everett, Washington in 2009, though I was only out there for 8 months due to a mixture of health problems and a few other things. It was both an uplifting and difficult experience for me, but it taught me some valuable lessons. I also enjoyed the weather a lot. Nothing puts me in a good mood like a rainy day. :)
I'm kind of a loner, but not anti-social. At first, I may seem pretty withdrawn, but I can get along really well with people if they give me the chance. I'm generally calm and laid back. I have a really dorky sense of humor, and I like to make people laugh if I can. I'm a huge nerd (video games, Batman, Firefly, science fiction, space, that kinda stuff), and it's not something I'm embarrassed about, or that I plan on changing. I enjoy the occasional friendly-get-together, but I also like to just chill at home and relax. I don't have very many friends, but those I do have are like a second family to me.
When it comes to the Church, I'd be lying if I said that I haven't had my struggles, or that I don't continue to have them today. I've had a lot of experiences that made me question my beliefs, and I do have some personal ideas and behaviors that might be considered "uncommon". But ultimately, I still very much believe in the religion, and I know I'd be lost without it. I've had a lot of people influence me in positive ways in my life (both inside and outside of the church), and I very much believe that God's greatest gift to us is the people he brings into our lives.
I'm hoping to meet someone who can not only be tolerant and patient with me, but with whom I can develop a strong, genuine connection, and who can accept me as I am - not as they think I should be. I don't want to rush into anything, I just want to take however much time is needed to find the right one.