Just two weeks ago, Matt Jones was released as an LDS bishop. How he came to be someone who might be called to that position includes a fun and twisting story. Beginning as somewhat of a precocious youth (an “idiot” in Matt’s telling about this period, along with examples!), he didn’t take Mormonism too seriously. But with goodly parents who knew how to guide without crushing his fun-loving nature, he eventually made it to a mission, which he loved, marriage to the wonderful Kristie Jones (whom everyone loves!), schooling, and then a successful business career. But soon enough, life brought forth stresses and disappointments, and certain nagging church questions he had as a missionary and genuinely thoughtful began to take center stage a bit more. He details some of these in this interview, but also shares an extremely powerful spiritual experience that left him unable to ever deny (or forget) that there is a powerful God who knows him intimately. You’ll never guess what led to it! It’s wonderful.
As the conversation continues, we learn about where he “was” in his faith journey when the call came for him to serve as the bishop of the Bothell Ward in Bothell, Washington, and how he approached his service there. (Hint: He was an amazing bishop who urged ward members to focus on the right things: love, kindness, trust, faith, God’s desire to be in relationship with us, etc. rather than meeting troubles primarily through our minds or with fears about being judged harshly.) Toward the end of the conversation, Matt shares about another wonderful spiritual experience he had just recently.
All in all, this is a great, fun (and, at times, funny) and rich conversation with a truly delightful person. We know you’ll enjoy spending time with Matt Jones in your ears! And we bet he’ll find a way into your heart, as well.
David Brisbin, The Fifth Way: A Western Journey to the Hebrew Heart of Jesus (2014)
Colorado Faith Forums website. Learn about its annual symposium, 15 September 2018, Parker, Colorado
Information about and registration for Mormon Matters Retreat, October 12-14, Salt Lake City