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Hi I'm Dan Martschenko

I've lived in North Carolina most of my life where I'm happy to be a father of five, husband of one, and a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived in North Carolina most of my life where I've raised five children with my wife. In addition to working in the IT industry, I founded a community theatre company back in 2001 that is still producing live theatre today. My greatest joy comes from spending time with my family -- traveling, playing games and laughing together.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the Mormon church by a girl I was dating in college. I had a great deal of respect for her and how she lived her life. I expect she was taking a risk by even dating me, but in the end, she made it clear her goals and values would not be compromised. One day she elected to break off our relationship to pursue her dream of finding someone she could marry for all eternity (a promised blessing available only to church members.) She gave me a copy of The Book of Mormon. It was a loving gesture, and I took it in the spirit in which she gave it. I remember thinking the very least I owed her was to go, if only once, to her church just to see what it was about. I was touched by the service. Afterward, I began reading the Book of Mormon, but felt no pressure to make any decisions on conversion. As the summer ended, we returned to our respective colleges -- 2000 miles apart from each other. I continued reading and attending the Mormon church, even without her. I met with missionaries from the church who kindly and patiently answered my questions and taught me basic principles of the Mormon faith, all of which made a great deal of sense to me. Eventually, I completed reading the Book of Mormon. I had a strong desire to know of its truthfulness, and so I got on my knees while alone in my room one night and prayed to God to know whether the book was true. While I will not go into the details, I can attest that He answers prayers -- sometimes in subtle ways, and sometimes with such force that it can never be denied. I can say with all confidence, the Book of Mormon is the Word of God, and along with the Holy Bible, we have a wealth of heavenly guidance for our daily lives. The next day, I called the missionaries to tell them I had decided to be baptized. One of them was so excited, he jumped up and hit the ceiling, breaking his finger -- one of many sacrifices he happily made on my behalf. I've been a Mormon ever since, and know I made the right choice.

How I live my faith

Living out my faith as a Mormon and as a Christian is a daily, if not hourly, blessing. I'm grateful for the chance to represent Christian values at home, work, and as a volunteer in the community. I'm certainly not perfect at it, but the beauty of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that I'm given the chance to renew my commitments daily, and to constantly seek to improve. My favorite gospel principles are kindness, forgiveness, treating everyone as a child of God, and the happiness that comes from knowing I'm part of an eternal family.