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Hi I'm Marty

I love to sail and study sailing history. When I don't have a sailboat, I teach high school English. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of three children, a high school teacher, and someone who loves to read and write. I love to hike in the mountains close to my home in all seasons, and I enjoy swimming and sailboating in mountain lakes even more. Some of the alternate lives I dream about involve me living in Central America, being a professional Ultimate Frisbee athlete, and being a comic strip artist. My absolute favorite thing is sitting in my hammock under my maple and juniper tree, with my lovely wife next to me, both of us watching as our kids play in our front yard. It is truly a glimpse of eternity.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because its teachings both makes sense and brings happiness. My parents were both strong Mormons, and I was impressed by the legacy that they built in the Mormon religion through faith and hard work, along with their parents, to give our family growing up so many wonderful opportunities for happiness. I tested out that same faith that they demonstrated on my own. Because of this, I felt God's influence confirming what I already knew inside. I now know that being a Mormon is a great responsibility, and that the work that went into providing me my current state of happiness by those that came before me, is not one to take for granted. I have learned to look for the good in all people I come in contact with, to learn from them, and to hopefully give back to them some of what I have been fortunate enough to receive. One of my favorite stories is the first vision of Joseph Smith. If I wipe away all my distractions and I just focus on the simple words of a regular human being trying his best to describe his miraculous encounter with divine Beings ... I have no choice but to feel the overwhelming Love of God, and to know that Joseph's experience was true ... and especially that, in essence, it is not unique to him. That we can all receive that same connection with God. While it may not be as vivid of an experience as Joseph's--a personal visitation from God and His son--it still can be just as real and true and individualized.

How I live my faith

I work as a counselor to the Bishop in our local congregation. In this capacity I do a lot of work with the youth, especially the Scouting program. This is something, as a school teacher, I have a passion in and enjoy. I also visit a lot of the people in our neighborhood. We discuss their needs, both physical and spiritual, and we try to offer any assistance we can. I am often truly amazed by the diversity of people in our neighborhood that I wouldn't otherwise be acquainted with. I am also impressed that the single thing that connects all of them is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for he is the Savior to all. Finally, I try to support our local Bishop, who carries a tremendous burden. The physical and spiritual needs of those in our congregation, and even out of it, ultimately fall on his shoulders. I, and the other counselor, do all that we can to take lighten his load ... though his is a tremendously disproportionate burden. We pray together often; we weep sometimes; and, yes, occasionally, we will laugh. It is an eye-opening, but rewarding position of service.

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

We pick up where we left off here on Earth and progress. We learn more and develop as many godlike attributes as we can--dropping our vices as much as we are able, through Christ's atonement. God will judge us according to our works and we will be placed in a state that is in fitting with our divine potential, and there we progress as much as we are able until we attain the ceiling of our capacity ... or until we grow more and more until the perfect day. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

For the same reason that Protestants were called heretics during the period of Reformation. People then were afraid of something different, and instead of investigating it for themselves, they chose to ostracize it instead. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

To have all of the security and love found in the ideal family established in this life and passed on to the next life. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

As a school teacher, I can appreciate why there are certain requirements I must meet before I can step into a public school as a school teacher. Even if I am a good, natural teacher (better than many in the public system already, some might argue), I still should demonstrate that I have been qualified in my specific subject area, can pass a background check (for obvious reasons), and know the educational expectations for the students I will teach. The same must be the said for baptism. The best of intentions, or natural goodness, are not enough to ensure that there will be no abuse of a truly important ordinance. Only authorized servants can ensure that the ordinance will maintain its sacred and legitimate nature in God's eyes. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Where possible, the husband and wife are a team in raising children who will successfully pass on proper values and principles to their children. On the husband should rest the primary responsibility of providing for the family, both financially and spiritually. The wife, in her unique and natural capacity as a mother, should nourish the children in the home ... both spiritually and in regards to general etiquette and healthy societal norms. Exceptions will vary depending on the family, but these general principles should be adhered to as much as possible. Show more Show less