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Hi I'm Marshall

I'm an animation student, aspiring artist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently returned from serving in Porto Alegre, Brazil, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They truly were two of the best two years of my life as I served and loved the people there, helping them to learn more about our Savior and how we can be more like Him. I'm currently going to school, already having done a bit more than a year. I intend to major in Animation and hopefully one day make movies/video games. I've got a long way to go to realize my dream job, but I'm willing to work for it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family where my dad was introduced to the church at a young age and my mom has a long membership line going back to the pioneers. So I've always been a member. But I know, truly, that this is the true church of Jesus Christ and is the place where we need to be. I always grew up, following the pattern that usual members of the church do - I started in Primary, went through the Young Men's program, Boy Scouts, etc. However, I was privileged to do something that not everyone in the Church does I went to a week-long camp called "Especially For Youth" or just "EFY." There happened something that I will never forget. At each session of EFY, there's a session director that usually has a way with public speaking and has a good deal of knowledge about the Gospel. At one of the sessions I went to, the director challenged everyone that was attending to say a prayer that night before going to sleep. What would make this prayer different is that he challenged each one of us to ask simply and specifically to God, our Heavenly Father, if He loved us. Me, being the 16-year-old that I was, decided to take that challenge. Up until that time I had the habit of saying my prayers and feeling good about it. However, I couldn't say that I received an "answer" to any of my prayers because I had never really made any serious questions about anything. So when I said my prayers that night, I asked, plain and simple, "Heavenly Father, do you love me?" The answer came immediately as a warm, confirming yes. Without a doubt, I have a Heavenly Father who loves me and knows who I am. And He's there for me when I need Him. Things in the Church just make sense. Like I said, Heavenly Father exists. He's real. And if He's real, then how is He going to communicate with us today? Through a modern, living prophet. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only church that can truly claim that it has one. Therefore, I believe firmly in the teachings that are found here.

How I live my faith

To be a Mormon isn't a complicated thing. We're just a dedicated people. I start my day like any other, getting up in the morning so I can either go to class or work - classes being at Brigham Young University, work located on campus. My classes, however, probably start in a different way than at most universities - we say a prayer to Heavenly Father so that we can better understand what is to be taught. I also study the scriptures on a daily basis, and as for now focus most of my reading on The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. And on Sundays I attend church, learning more about the Savior and His teachings. Having served a two-year mission has certainly changed my life. I always wanted to go on a mission, and I can feel that my life is different now. I try to apply Christ's teachings more fully in my life; I seek patience, I work diligently, and I treat others with respect and love. I can feel that I'm a happier person now that I know how valuable the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to me. Do I actively try to convert other people to my faith? If by speaking to every non-LDS person I know and parroting them like crazy until they give me an answer is what is meant, then no. I live my life and try to be a good example to others, helping when asked. It's what Jesus would do.

Are Mormons Christians?

Marshall
Seeing has how the official name of the church is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," and we strongly believe in Christ and His teachings, I would say yes. Yes we are. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Marshall
We're just like anyone else that you might know, except we're busy on Sunday mornings and Monday nights. No, really. My dad's a mechanical engineer and my mom stayed at home to raise 5 kids. During the week, we have normal lives - we go to school, we work, we play, we have friends of any religion, we go to dances, we learn, we travel, we do just about anything. If you were to take a look at me and what I did during high school, you'd see that I participated in a variety of activities that anyone can do. My jobs that I've had so far? Same thing. I mentioned Sunday mornings and Monday nights because those are two specific times during the week that members of the church designate for sacramental meetings and family home evenings, respectively. Usually Sunday services are in the morning, though they can be in the afternoon as well depending on the area. They last for three hours and we have a few classes where we learn more about gospel principles. There's also a large meeting with everyone together where we partake of the sacrament, which is a practice that Jesus Christ himself started. Monday nights are the times when families can get together and grow closer. Usually a song or two is sung, someone shares a spiritual thought and activities are always included. If Monday doesn't work out for all of the family, then it can be another night. The point is to get as much of the family together as possible, if not all the family, so that everyone can feel closer and grow. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Marshall
Of course! The Bible has a LOT of teachings and principles that are valuable to our modern-day lives. It was truly written by prophets, men of God, called to help and teach others. But, while the Bible is great, there are evidences that it isn't quite perfect. Nor should we ONLY believe in the Bible as holy scrit. That's part of the reason why we have The Book of Mormon, which serves as another testament of Jesus Christ. In this additional witness, we find even more teachings of Christ and His prophets and valuable evidences that the Bible is true. Show more Show less