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Hi I'm Marcus

I love camping, fishing, hiking, paintball, four-wheeling, anything that involves the outdoors!! I'm a Mormon!!

About Me

So about me... well I love the outdoors camping, fishing, hiking, paintball, hunting, four-wheeling, boating, river rafting, etc. I also enjoy playing sports and having fun with my family and friends. I am currently a missionary serving as an ASL (American Sign Language) Elder. So far it has been really amazing to serve and also learn Sign Language and talking with people that can't hear.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church. It has given me such knowledge of the love my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have for me. My parents are amazing role models in my life. If it wasn't for their love and support, I wouldn't be where I am today, who knows what I would have ended up being. I enjoyed going to church, learning more about the gospel, going to the church activities, and going to Boy Scouts and earning my Eagle award. There was a time in my life while I was away at college that I really struggled with that. I wasn't going to church as much I had stopped reading my scriptures and quit praying. I just felt so empty inside, there were days when I would put up a false front, and inside I was just discouraged and lost. Classes were rough I was getting further and further behind. I was living away from home and had no clue what I was doing. I couldn't make it stop. Once I took a step back and saw the big picture, then I knew I wasn't doing the things I should have been doing. It never clicked before, but now I knew why I was feeling the way I had been. So that day I decided to change! I immediately felt His love and presence again, and the support from everyone that had still been there for me even though I had unintentionally pushed them away. I remembered that my loving family had been with me every step of the way, along with me Heavenly Father. Since then, my knowledge and testimony have grown so much stronger because I learned for myself, independent of anyone else, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only true church in the Earth! It changed my life around, everything after that just all fit into place, I got caught up in my classes faster than I thought possible, I learned how to live on my own, and I gained the confidence that everything was going to be alright again! That is the reason why I'm a Mormon, and that is the message I hope to share while serving in Western New York! Life Is Good!!

How I live my faith

Well right now I'm a Missionary. That means that for two years, I serve Him by serving His children bringing them closer to our Savior and Redeemer. That Heavenly Father knows and loves each and every one of us, we are never alone! Jesus Christ did come down to Earth and atoned for our sins and did for us so that we can return to live with Him again. That the Church has been restored by the Prophet Joseph Smith, and the Book of Mormon is the word of God! Teaching them that families can be together forever! I also enjoy just going out and serving people wherever I can. Showing them that I do care about them, just like Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ does.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Marcus
Missionaries like me are handing out copies all over the world, even as you read this! It’s about the size of a regular paperback book, an inch or so thick. So what is this book? If it’s given out for free, why do so many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints count their Book of Mormon as their most valuable possession? What kind of book can cause so many readers to change their lives, their minds and their hearts? What kind of book can answer life’s seemingly unanswerable questions? The Book of Mormon is the word of God, like the Bible. Both books contain God’s guidance as revealed to prophets as well as religious accounts of different civilizations. While the Bible is written by and about the people in the land surrounding Israel, and takes place from the creation of the world until shortly after the death of Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon contains the history and God’s revelations to the people who lived in the Americas between approximately 600 BC and 400 AD. The prophets in the Book of Mormon recorded God’s dealings with His people, which were compiled by a man named Mormon onto golden plates. The Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, testifies that Jesus Christ is our divine Redeemer and that by living according to His gospel we can find peace in this life and eternal happiness in the life to come. The title page states that the Book of Mormon’s purpose is to convince all of us “that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations.” It was written to help us develop a true knowledge of Jesus Christ and His mission on earth. The Book of Mormon reaffirms what we learn from the Bible, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came to earth to help us overcome our sins. The people in the Book of Mormon, the Nephites and the Lamanites, recorded their testimonies of Jesus Christ. Many of the prophets who wrote the records that make up the Book of Mormon saw Christ personally. The climax of the book is when Jesus appeared to all the Nephites soon after He was resurrected. He blessed them, taught them his gospel and said “Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world” (3 Nephi 11:14). I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that is was translated by Joseph Smith, by the will of God! You too can know of the truthfulness of the gospel! The church is true and the book is blue! Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Marcus
The Church was restored through Joseph Smith in the year 1820 up by Palmyra, New York. Joseph Smith, then a young lad, was caught in the midst of great differences in religion. Many different churches were preaching about their church. Each one of them taught so differently and took the Bible to mean so many different things. Joseph Smith didn’t know what to do, his family was going to different churches, and he was caught up in the struggle. He just wanted to know which church was right. One night as he was reading the Bible, he came across a scripture in James 1:5 which says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not and it shall be given him.” Joseph Smith decided to do just that he lacked the wisdom, so he was going to ask God. One early spring morning he went into a grove of trees know known as the Sacred Grove, he knelt down and prayed to know which church was true. He then saw a bright light, brighter than noon day sun. It descended upon him and he beheld two personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description. One of them spake unto him and said, pointing to the other “Joseph, this is My beloved Son. Hear Him! Joseph was told that none of the churches were true and that the church needed to restore to have the fullness of the gospel. Joseph Smith was also told of an ancient record written in gold plates which were going to be given to him to translate. Ten years later in 1830, after those gold plates were translated into the Book of Mormon and the priesthood and the authority to baptize were restored, the church was organized in the Peter Whitmer home located in Fayette New York. Show more Show less