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Hi I'm Marshall

I'm a college student, I'm a husband, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I currently live in Ammon Idaho, but have also lived in Pennsylvania, Hawaii, and Utah. I have been married for less than a year to Maddi Tapp, the woman of my dreams. I grew up in Idaho and enjoy running, playing frisbee, singing, graphic and web design, reading, architecture, media production, history and politics. I have a condition called cerebral palsy. That has never stopped me though. I have served in various leadership capacities through out my life including student government, in FIRST Robotics, in my congregation, and in my community. I anticipate graduating from BYU-Idaho with high honors in business management and accounting in 2014. I have also attended Utah State University and the LDS Business College.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been born and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. From the time I was young I always believed the things that I have been taught. It wasn't until I prepared to serve a full time mission that I gained my own personal convictions of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As I prepared to leave, I felt that something was missing, and I needed to figure out what it was. I prayed and studied the scriptures often and always felt I was headed in the right direction. The week before I submitted my application to be a missionary, I was praying and for the first time in my life I truly laid everything out on the table. I had always been taught that prayer is a two way communication between me and God, but I felt that night for the first time in my life I actually spoke with God and received answers. What I felt at that time confirmed all of my beliefs. I knew the God actually knew who I was and cared about what I did. I personally have received a witness from God that the Book of Mormon is true. Because I know this, I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. I know that the church that God restored through the prophet Joseph Smith is true as well as every doctrine and principle that goes along with it. Nothing will ever shake me from this knowledge. I am as confident about these truths as I am that the sun will rise tomorrow morning. I know this is true. The more I learn about the gospel, the more it makes sense. I love to learn all about the details of the gospel and I have never found a question that there isn't an answer to. It all fits together perfectly. This knowledge although, is secondary to the fact that I have received an answer to my prayers to know if this church is true. I know, just as the introduction of the Book of Mormon says, that all "those who peruse this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of The Book of Mormon's truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost." I did that, and I did receive an answer.

How I live my faith

In 2011 I returned from preaching the Gospel for two years in Hawaii as a full-time missionary. Since then I have had many assignments in my local ward such as teaching the 5-6 year old Sunday School class.I have been blessed to be a home teacher and a ward missionary which gives me the opportunity to visit with other people in their homes and share the gospel with them throughout the week. I now serve as the Assistant Ward Mission Leader in my ward and help to coordinate efforts of ward members to strengthen the faith of those who are struggling in life. While this will be a new experience for me, I am grateful to assist in the Lord's church. One of my favorite ways to live my faith is by researching my family history and bringing my ancestors the blessings of the gospel through Temple service. I have been able to learn about literally hundreds of my ancestors over the pas several years. I believe that the work we preform for them in the temples will bless them throughout the eternities. One of the greatest joys of my life is to serve as an ordinance worker in the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple, assisting to administer the blessings of the temple to all who come to worship. I also strive to live my faith by being an active member of my community. I believe that God expects us to be good citizens, so I do my best to stay involved in community affairs and stay up to date on current events. I have been privileged to serve in public office over the past several years.