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Hi I'm Marshall

I'm a father, a musician, I'm battling cancer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband, father, musician, and student. On January 4th 2012 I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. It's generally a childhood cancer, but I've been known to act a little childish now and again so I guess you could say it suits me. The diagnosis and treatment have been quite an adjustment for me, my wife, and my son. After two bone marrow transplants and two relapses we are running out of options to fight this vicious disease. We are currently applying for a research study in Pennsylvania - it is our last resort. It may sound strange but this trial has only helped me see how lucky I truly am. I'm surrounded by wonderful people; and most importantly I have a knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ and His atonement. He is the life and light of the world.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in a "Mormon" family, this is not why I'm a member of the church. My real conversion to the church occurred later in my life. It was then that I read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover for the first time. I gained a testimony of its message about Christ and His atonement. I realized that if the Book of Mormon is true, then the prophet who translated the book - Joseph Smith - must have been a true latter day prophet. From that day forward it has been a rocky path with plenty of slips and falls. Notwithstanding, my resolve to pick myself up and course correct has been unwavering. I cannot deny the testimony of the gospel that I have received through the Holy Spirit. Experience has also taught me this simple truth: I am most happy when I am obedient to the commandments of God.

How I live my faith

Every day is a new opportunity. I strive to live in a way that allows me to be an instrument in the hands of the Lord. I like this analogy because as a musician I understand how important it is for an instrument to be "in tune" in order for it to be effective. In my life, the times that I am most in tune with the Holy Spirit are the times that I'm most able to do the Lord's will.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

The work done in temples is not so much a secret, rather it is sacred. There is a standard of worthiness that prepares those who desire to participate. In the temple we perform ordinances of salvation for the living, and for those who have passed on that may not have had a chance to accept Christ's gospel during their life here on earth. Show more Show less