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Hi I'm Marcus

I'm a band teacher. I love talking to people in Spanish. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student at a large university. I'm a tuba player studying Secondary Music Education and want to teach beginning band at a middle school or junior high school. I love music, and I love working with children. I graduate soon! I'm so excited to be teaching! I also love mountain biking and go whenever I can. I love being in nature and working hard to get to the top of a mountain and then the thrill of riding downhill again. You know those Mormon missionaries walking around talking to people? Yeah, I was one of them for 2 years, while I was 19-21 years old. It was one of the coolest experiences of my life! I went to Córdoba, Argentina and lived there for 2 years. I had to learn Spanish, and boy was it hard! But I developed a love for the Argentinean people. I still think about them every single day. I want to go back and visit so much! I still practice Spanish and am actually studying Spanish Teaching as a minor in my University.

Why I am a Mormon

I think a lot of people may think that if one is born into their church, their faith is less valid. Well, that's fine if they want to think that. But I disagree. Yes, I grew up in a Mormon family. My parents took me to church every Sunday and I grew up in the "Mormon Culture" which sometimes can be a little funny. But I loved it. I kind of trusted that what they taught me at church was the best way to live life until I was in my teenage years. Like most youth, I begin to question the teachings of my parents and the church. I began to realize that I had to decide for myself whether or not the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was actually a true church. Were they scamming me? Was 10% tithing really commanded of God? How could anyone know that it was all a sham? I had plenty of friends from other faiths that would criticize what they thought they knew about my religion. There is plenty of stuff on the internet that sounds fishy about the church and its past. I was taught that to seek for truth one must develop a real relationship God. He ultimately is the true source of knowledge. I learned that the truthfulness of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints rested on knowing if the prophet Joseph Smith was really a prophet of God, or just some fake. The best way to know that is to read the Book of Mormon, which is a book of scripture that Smith translated. If that book is true, then he was a real prophet. And if he was a real prophet, than the church he restored is the church of Jesus Christ. But if the Book of Mormon is false, than so is that prophet Joseph Smith, which means that all of my upbringing was a lie. I decided to find out if the Book of Mormon is true scripture or not. And the way to do that is to read it, consider deeply its message about Christ, and simply ask God if the book is true. Is it? Well, you should try out that same experiment. I can tell you that I found out for myself that yes, it is true. The Book of Mormon is scripture, inspired by God Himself through a prophet. The church that Christ restored through the prophet Joseph Smith really is the true church of God. I know it because I have felt it through the influence of the Holy Ghost. I encourage you to at least give it a chance and check it out. It's incredible.

How I live my faith

It would be a lie to say that the Church's influence hasn't seeped into every aspect of my daily life. But I also would have to admit that I love it. I read the scriptures and seek guidance from the Lord through prayer every day. I try my best, although I often fail, to be as Christian and loving to all around me. I try to live according to the teachings of Jesus Christ to the best of my ability. Do I stumble? Yeah. I think everyone does. I'm not perfect. In fact, I'm far from it. But I'm working on becoming better. I attend church meetings every Sunday. I love them. I feel renovated for the week. When I miss a week I definitely notice a negative change in my outlook on life. I also learn a ton from the classes at church meetings. Being with people who share my faith is awesome! I attend a church congregation of young single adults of my age and we discuss tons of problems that we face individually. It is a huge strength to me to find others who love me for who I am and can support me. Are there ever differences of opinion? Yeah, that's bound to happen when you get a large group of passionate people together. Have I ever been offended? Yeah. That happens anywhere were you get a group of imperfect people together, and trust me, Mormons are not perfect! But we're trying our hardest to repent always and follow the Savior Jesus Christ to the best of our abilities. In the Mormon church every member is given a different responsibility to help everything run smoothly. We do it voluntarily, and are given different assignments as needed. I'm responsible for choosing the music we sing and listen to during meetings. It's really fun to participate at church. I love serving my brothers and sisters and my God by attending church meetings, lending a listening ear when needed, and visiting people who might need a friend.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Marcus
I think because they may not know what a "cult" is. If "cult" means we all get together in some dark dungeon and sacrifice goats to some spiritual god, then we are not a cult. Wow. Not at all. I don't think we're too different from any other church, really. Yes, we offer money to the church by way of tithing. Yes, we believe in the King James Bible along with other scripture like the Book of Mormon. Yes, we sing hymns, get baptized in water, receive blessings from those with authority, and try to live healthily by avoiding harmful substances such as smoking, drugs, coffee, and alchohol. I don't think these things are "cultish," but are simply a way of life that may or may not be different from the next guy. I think some of our beliefs having to do with the buildings we call temples may confuse people not familiar with our faith. These buildings are simply edifices designed for worshiping our Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ. While anyone is welcome and more than invited to visit our normal church buildings, only those who live by high standards are welcome to enter dedicated Mormon temples. This is to help maintain a specialness or sacredness within the building. If asked what we do in the temples, we will generally skirt around giving a solid answer about what we specifically do. This is because we consider the acts we do in the temple as very special and sacred. Sacred and secrete aren't necessarily the same thing. Something that is sacred is very special and personal, much like what it may be like to sit next to a dying parent in a hospital. Whatever is said between loved ones my be very special and personal and sacred. We don't want to flaunt these things to the whole world so people can make fun of it and desecrate it. I think that is a problem nowadays with our society as a whole; we tend to make light of very serious and personal things; nothing is held as sacred anymore. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Marcus
We figure that if we can support ourselves, we can also help others. If I'm so poor that I can't even feed myself and my family, how am I ever going to help others? When we are living in a way that we don't have to worry about how to live day to day, we can focus on how to follow the Savior more, and He always helped the poor and needy. I think emergency preparedness should be important to everyone, not just Mormons, and not just religious people. Emergencies can happen to anyone anytime. These emergencies could be natural disasters like hurricanes or drought, or personal emergencies like being laid off from work or receiving some serious injury. It's always best to be prepared for unexpected difficulty not only to help yourself, but also to help our neighbor. Isn't that what the Bible teaches? Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Marcus
Usually the missionary funds their own mission trip. He or she buys the necessary clothing and supplies, and supports him or herself. The missionaries do not receive any monetary compensation for their service to the people or the church. If a missionary wishes to serve a mission but does not have the funds to support him or herself, he or she is asked to seek monetary help from a family member. If this still does not cover the cost of a mission, the Church will step in and assist the missionary pay for the necessities of the mission. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Marcus
There is a reason that the Mormon Church is officially called "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." We actually believe that Jesus Christ founded the Mormon church. Yeah, that might sound weird. But we sincerely believe that it's His church. Literally. The reason it's of Latter-day Saints, is because we believe that we live in the Latter-days, meaning the last time period before Christ comes again. The church in our day was founded by Christ through a prophet named Joseph Smith, just like Christ founded His church in times of old through prophets such as Noah, Abraham, and Moses. Joseph Smith was just a normal guy; a farm boy from New England. He wasn't very special, really. But God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ appeared to the boy Joseph calling him to be a prophet and giving him the charge to reestablish the church of Christ in modern times. Christ guided Joseph Smith through the entire process of restoring, or bringing back, the ancient church of Christ in these modern times, or Latter-days. So, the question is whether or not that is a load of rubbish or not. Was Joseph Smith a false prophet or not? Only God really knows. So ask him. He'll tell you. I asked God and He told me that yes, Joseph Smith was a real prophet, just like Moses or Isaiah from the Bible. Show more Show less

What is the Church's position on abortion?

Marcus
We feel that it isn't fair for the unborn child. Of course there may be situations such as rape or incest or health of the mother that may cause the parents to decide if an abortion is what God would have us do. And I think there are rare occasions where it'd be ok. But when an irresponsible couple wishes to have an abortion because of irresponsible and immoral living, such as sex outside of marriage, than it is absolutely inappropriate. There are reasons that God asks us to live in a sexually clean manner, meaning to only have sex with your lawfully wedded spouse and no one else. One wouldn't have to even consider killing an unborn baby if one lives by the standards that our loving Heavenly Father has given us. Show more Show less