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Hi I'm Martin

I serve as a detective in a Special Victims Unit. I'm a husband and father. I married my high school sweetheart and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in an average size city in the Midwest. My family was a Scouting family, so naturally I love the outdoors and I am an Eagle Scout. This passion has been passed on to my sons today. My love for the wilderness lead me to explore the water. I began scuba diving at the age of 16. I am a husband and father of three. I met my bride-to-be in my Junior year of high school and we married just prior to my high school graduation. We've been happily married for nearly 20 years. She truly is my best friend and the love of my life. Just prior to my 21st birthday, I began college. I worked full time at night to support our family and attended class full time during the day. I did well and eventually found a passion. Before enrolling in my last class, I was hired by a local police agency. I took a semister off and attended the Law Enforcement Academy. I returned home after graduation and completed my Bachelors of Science degree. I am a police officer in one of the larger cities in my state. After 11 years of working the streets, I currently serve as a detective in the Special Victims Unit. I truly love my career and have A LOT of funny doing it. My name is Martin. I'm a husband and father, an outdoors man and Scuba Diver, a cop and a SVU detective, and I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young husband and father-to-be at the age of 18, I desired to know more of the love and salvation provided by Jesus Christ. I grew up knowing of Christ, but never had a personal relationship with the Lord. I had searched and attended many different churches in my home town, but none truely answered my questions and concerns. Just prior to the birth of my 1st son, my wife and I began to attend different local churches together for the first time. We had a desire to change our lives and made a committment to ourselves and our child to live a better life. Shortly after making that committment, 2 Missionaries knocked on our door. We listened. We talked. And we read the Book of Mormon. Over the next few months, I felt the Holy Spirit more and more each time I read and prayed. The gospel of Jesus Christ, through the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon, answered those questions I had been asking. I know Jesus is the Christ, my Savior. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and a second Testimony of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be that good example for my children and by serving others. I am by no means perfect and I let my kids learn from my mistakes. We talk together, pray together, and discuss how we can be more Christ-like through repentence and trying to live by His gospel teachings. I know that in order to serve the Lord, we must serve others. Service is something you do because you want to do it for others. Not something done because you feel that you "have to do it." You have to love the work you are doing. I love working with and teaching the youth. Being able to see not only my children, but the other youth in the community grow and mature into responsible young adults who care about others and their country is a true blessing.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Martin
The simple answer. They are congregations. There are millions of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints across the world. In order to help members, from building chapels and teaching the gospel to fellowshiping to helping with spiritual and physical welfare needs, the Church is organized into individual Stakes. A Stake is an area of a state or country organized by member population. Within the Stake there are several Wards. A Ward is a local group of members or the local congregation. There may be more than 1 Ward in your city based on the population of members in the area. People attend the Ward that is closest to their home with other members in that area. A Branch is similar to a Ward, but has less members in the area. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Martin
Yes. A Christian is one who follows Christ. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) is based on the teachings and gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is our Savior and the Only Begotten of our Heavenly Father. When we pray, we pray in His name. Show more Show less