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Hi I'm Marshall

I'm a father, a sportsfan, a CEO . . . and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in upstate New York (Palmyra), lived overseas for five years (Germany and Brazil) and have spent the last 18 years in the Midwest. I'm a father of six great children, CEO of a company in Akron, OH and I love to travel to new countries and experience new cultures. In 2010 I visited South Africa (World Cup) and Kenya with my son, Greece with my wife and Egypt for business. I love sports, especially soccer, football and basketball and especially attending live competition. I am very involved with and love my family, my work and my church service.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe in Jesus Christ, that He is the son of God and my Savior. I have learned through prayer, study and many experiences that the truth is something each of us can feel in our heart and know in our soul. At key junctures in my life, I have received answers to prayer and been nudged in certain directions, all pointing me toward and forward down this path of faith and belief. I feel what I feel and know what I know through the same source that will answer questions for all others. While the Mormon faith is not "easy", my experiences have been very rewarding! I love being a Mormon!

How I live my faith

Belief becomes faith . . . and faith translates into action. I live my faith not just by what I think and say but also by what I do . . . my actions, my choices. I strive to always be honest and fair, to work hard and support others. I do NOT believe in compartmentalization -- if I am uncomfortable with certain language at home or church, I will not use it at work. Life is complicated enough without having to remember what behaviors or words can be used where. One definition of 'integrity' is consistency between belief and action. I strive to live my faith by doing so wherever I am, all of the time. And while I have a long way to go, I will keep trying to be a better disciple.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Marshall
We believe in learning and growth through service and sacrifice. While I can learn about things by reading or hearing, most times I only 'know' things by doing. Our church provides many opportunities to do, to serve others and, by so doing, we sacrifice our time and talents, not for money but for love and to follow the example of the Savior and His prophets. And since 'many hands make light work', everyone serving side-by-side allows everyone to grow and no one to be above anyone else. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Marshall
Yes! God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He loved his children anciently and loves us today just as much. If the world and its challenges were static, past revelation from ancient prophets would suffice. Yet we have so many new problems and unique challenges today that a loving God made possible for additional and relevant guidance to be shared with us. I am grateful for a living prophet! Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Marshall
The only differences are 'location' and 'time frame'. The Bible contains the history of and revelations delivered to God's covenant people through his holy prophets in the "old world" from the time of Adam to Christ and His apostles (about 100 AD). The Book of Mormon contains the history of and revelations delivered to God's covenant people through his holy prophets in the "new world" from about 600 BC until about 400 AD. Joseph Smith was chosen by God as a boy-prophet much like Samuel. He was directed to plates containing ancient writings by an angel and given the power to translate these plates by God. The Book of Mormon contains God revealed word just like the Old and New Testaments . . . making the Book of Mormon "Another Testament of Jesus Christ". One can only discover its truth by reading, thinking and praying to find out. I have and I know it is true! Show more Show less