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Hi I'm Marshall

I am a husband, a father, an IT Executive, a liver transplant recipient and I am a Mormon.

About Me

After a decade in the mid-west I have returned to the beautiful northwest, our emotional home. Here is where we made memories of long walks along the sandy beaches with my wife, children and dog amid the rocky headlands with the smell of the moist salty air. We love the ocean and are a family of divers. Prior to my diagnosis with liver failure we would try to escape each winter to warmer waters and spend a week diving and relaxing. Now, six years after my transplant life has assumed a new normal. The children are grown and on their own, we have settled in to our return to life as a “couple.” In many ways life is the same but in subtle ways dramatically different. There is now, an enhanced appreciation and an awareness of the simple and tender mercies that surround me every day. One of my great passions in life is cooking. While not my career I have been cooking for over 30 years. During this time I have made multiple trips to France for cooking sessions and even had the rare opportunity to participate in a truffle hunting expedition. Whenever possible I love to do dinners and events for family and close friends, these have ranged from simple intimate dinners to multi-day catering for as many as 200 people. I still believe that the reason my wife married me was because of my cooking.

Why I am a Mormon

I was the first born child to parents that were both mormon. I grew up participating in the church and church youth groups. After I was married I began slowly drifting into inactivity and away from gospel principles. After about 13 years I had set myself on a very self-destructive path. A path that threatened my marriage, my family and my church membership. Thanks to a loving, patient and forgiving wife I was able to change the course of my life. After about five years the embers of the testimony I once had were fanned and eventually my heart was softened. I sought out church leaders to help me with the repentance process that was necessary to regain my church standing. Repentance was not easy, there were many demons to face as well as godly sorrow for the many people whom I had hurt as a result of my actions. Eventually I did feel the warm embrace of the Savior and the knowledge that my sins had been forgiven. Since then I have moved forward with an ever growing and strengthening testimony of the gospel, Jesus Christ as my Savior and Redeemer and the Restoration. In many ways I was a convert at 40. This was now my Church, my Faith and my Religion. I had chosen to embrace them and make them a part of the fabric of my life. I have never looked back. In recent years my faith has been tested to the vary core by physical ailment, but no matter how dark it seemed I knew that my Savior was nearby, that he understood my pain and my fears. Time and time again I felt his comfort. Even as my future seemed bleak and it appeared the liver disease would take my life before I received a transplant I felt his comfort and knew that no matter what the outcome he was there and this was his plan for me. I was blessed with a transplant at the very hour of my greatest need. I know that it was through my faith and the power of the priesthood that I was preserved. I am Mormon because I know my Savior and know that this is his Church restored in these latter-days.

How I live my faith

Several experiences that have made me realize the tremendous love that our Savior has for each of us and how that love was exemplified by his example of service. Service that culminated in his atoning sacrifice. To emulate the example of our Savior I try to participate in acts of service to my fellow man, members and non-members. Service can take many forms, an organized service project, humanitarian projects, teaching a class in church, or serving in a leadership role. But, what i have learned is the small but personal acts of service make the greatest impact. Personal service comes from knowing or listening to the recipient and doing those thing that will have meaning to them. It may be as simple as note, a phone call or a visit and a plate of cupcakes. It may be something like clearing snow, removing winter debris, or a fallen tree limb. Regardless of the actual act of service what make a difference is putting ourselves aside and putting the recipient first. When we do this we are emulating the Savior and touching peoples lives in a way that will open their heart and allow them to feel the Savior's love for them.