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Hi I'm Martin

I grew up in Portland, Oregon. I'm an art teacher in training. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student studying Art Education. I've moved around frequently for the last ten years. I play roleplaying, card, and board games, ride my bike, and produce a wide variety of artwork. I work part-time for the Habitat for Humanity.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents each joined the faith independent of one another a few years before they met. They raised me well enough that even when they struggled to hold true, I still had a strong desire to follow my Savior. When I was old enough to be out on my own, I never felt that I should leave my morals and my spiritual convictions behind. I knew in my heart that I was in the church my Heavenly Father wanted me in, that here were truths that couldn't be had anywhere else.

How I live my faith

I am one of those people who will go out of my way to lend a hand. I'll listen for a long time, and try to offer a word of advice to steer people in the right direction. I know that I can't just tell people what's right and wrong - they have to see it for themselves or it'll go in one ear and out the other. That's how I try to share my faith, but more than that, it's how I live my life. Right now I'm serving in my congregation by preparing the program - the printed sheet with announcements and who's speaking and so on - each week.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

The Word of Wisdom is a revelation from God about what we should do to take care of our bodies so that they may be clean and healthy vessels for our spirits. It talks about foods that are good for us and mentions substances that are harmful. When it was given in 1833, it was given as counsel. Today we hold it as a commandment, which in part specifically prohibits the use of tobacco, tea, coffee, alcohol, and harmful drugs. Each of these substances is addictive. God wants us to be free, and knows that if we are addicted to something, we are bound by it and our freedom is limited. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are amazing! They manage to cook, clean, care for kids, do crafts, exercise, and so much more! They wear all kinds of stylish clothing, albeit a little more conservative than most of what's out there. Maybe it's because they know there's so much more to a woman than her sex appeal? As far as equality, we believe strongly in men and women being equal - but not in the mathematical sense, where "equal" is the same thing as "identical" or "interchangeable." Nope! When God made Eve and gave her to Adam to be his wife, He used the term "help-meet" to describe her. She was not inferior she was Adam's equal. But let me be very clear: men and women are fundamentally different! Each has distinct roles they are meant to fill, and those roles are not, and will never be, the same. Those roles are each as important as the other, and so we hold both men and women as equals. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Every member may serve in their congregation, and even our leaders at the head of the church serve freely. We are not paid with money, but rather with the blessings that God has for us. Money is the world's way of repaying service. If we are working for the Lord, why should we be paid by the world? Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Grace is what saves us. Jesus Christ paid the price for our sins we never could pay that price ourselves. After everything we can do, all the good we do during our lives, we still can't pay for our mistakes on our own merit. That's where Christ comes in. His grace does what we cannot. Now mind you, we believe in doing good works! We do as much good as we can, making our best effort to follow the Savior's example. But we know that those works are worthless without His grace. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead some other Christian faiths call it the Trinity along with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. While Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ both have bodies of flesh and bone, the Holy Ghost does not have a body. He is a person of spirit, and so He is able to reside in us. When someone is baptized as a member of the Mormon Church, they also receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost, which means that they have the right to His companionship all the time, as long as they are doing what's right. Before receiving this gift, you may feel His influence from time to time. With this gift, He will help you do what's right, warn you of dangers both physical and spiritual, provide comfort when you are down, and so much more. It is one of the greatest gifts you can receive in this life! Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Lots of people wrote the Book of Mormon. It's about a thousand years' history written by the people who lived during that time. The period it covers is from about 600 years before Christ's birth until around 421 AD, almost all of which takes place on the American continent. When the record was compiled by its last author, it was buried, hidden up unto the Lord to be unearthed in our day. In 1823, God reveled to the young Joseph Smith where the record was, and a few years later allowed him to take the record and translate it into English. That translation is what we have today as the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

I would suggest three things that will help to protect your family from pornography. 1 - Realize that everyone will be exposed to pornography at one point or another. It is so wide-spread that no one can completely avoid it. 2 - Talk about it, early and often. No one ever told me about it, and when I came across it early in my teens I had no clue how harmful it could be. 3 - Put computers in a room the whole family has access to, such as the living room. Check cell phones and other wireless devices to see if they can access pornography. This will help make sure that when someone come across pornography by accident, they get rid of it as fast as possible. Show more Show less