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Hi I'm Martin (Marty)

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 47 years old and live in Idaho. I grew up in Washington State, where I was the only LDS kid within about 100 miles. I have a great family, with my wife and 3 kids. I play basketball in the mornings for exercise. I also ride a classic Vespa motor-scooter:) Currently I am a Program Manager for a Developmental Disabilities Agency. My expertise is in the area of Children with Autism.

Why I am a Mormon

While I am a "lifelong" Mormon, I have had spiritual experiences that confirmed and expanded my faith beyond my own abilities. I served as a missionary in south Texas, and had many experiences there that gave me no doubt that God lives. I know that He is concerned and involved in our lives on a constant basis. I know that His son Jesus Christ is our Savior. Sometimes people think that Mormons are going about doing "good works" but don't think Christ is the Savior. There is no doubt in my mind, that despite all I do, I need his Atonement to make up the difference. It is by His Grace that we are saved. The Church has made a huge difference in my life, and I have no doubt as I look at the roads I could have taken, that this one, has "made all the difference". My family will live with me forever, and that is one of the greatest gifts that the Gospel gives to me.

How I live my faith

I try to be the same person in whatever context I happen to be at the time. I would hope that people see me as loving, kind, considerate and respectful. I have a good sense of humor, and am the same whether I am on the internet, at church, or out in the community. My service in the Church (my calling) is working with the youth on a local and regional level. I also am responsible for multiple church buildings. Working with the headquarters of the church to ensure that they are maintained in an appropriate manner. I have been given many leadership positions in the past which has helped me grow as a person, a husband and father and as an employee.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Martin (Marty)
A ward is a local ecclesiastical unit, similar to any others church congregation. The LDS Church divides up wards by geography, and limits that number to around 350-500 persons within the ward. It is presided over by a Bishop. He would be similar to a reverend or minister. He is responsible for both the spiritual and temporal needs of his congregation. A Stake is a larger unit making up 8-10 wards. It is presided over by a Stake President, who is assisted by two counselors. The calling I have in the Church is on the Stake level, and I help with 12 other men, to assist the Stake President in helping the members of the Stake in a variety of ways. A branch is a local unit, that is smaller then a ward, and is usually found in areas where there are not a lot of members of the church. The organization is similar to a ward, except instead of a Bishop, it is presided over by a Branch President. Show more Show less