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Hi I'm Marvin

I'm a freelance Journalist, Web Designer/Developer. I'm a food fanatic, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a freelance Journalist and Web Designer/Developer who loves Latin Music and food. I'm also currently pursuing a double Arts degree in International Relations and Political Science. I'm a brother to six siblings—5 from my parents and two adopted cousins—and an uncle to three nieces and three nephews. I love soccer! I played defence and mid fielder positions all my life. I love the Canadian Rockies and feel privileged to make my living discovering them and also helping the people who live around them. I've lived in so many places it would be too long to explain, but I will say two of my favourite cities have been Guatemala City, Guatemala, Edmonton, AB, Canada I speak four languages English, Spanish, French, Portuguese Brasil I have two of the best parents ever!

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a Mormon since birth, in other words I was raised by Mormon parents who were converts from the Catholic faith. I've participated in all of the church's programs growing up and feel that because of it I grew up with so much support and love that when difficult times came I had so many loving people to help me. Although I grew up in the Latter-day Saint faith I asked all the same questions many people have asked themselves, "Is this true? Does God even exist? Was Jesus real?" I needed answers, so I asked my Heavenly Father if this was at all true. I felt in my heart that I already knew the answer, but I was shown how my life had developed because of the principles I had been taught. I began to realize how even at a young age I had made an impact in people's life because I had been obedient to Jesus' gospel. I could see that my life was richly blessed by the teachings of hard work, unity, love, sacrifice, obedience and humility which I had been taught about by my parents and my church leaders. One such experience came in high school when some young men in my soccer team were teasing other teammates because of their religious beliefs about food. One of the kids being taunted came to me and asked me what I thought. I told him my beliefs in the Word of Wisdom, how God had given man a health code that if lived faithfully would not only bless individuals physically but also spiritually. Those doing the teasing stopped to listen as I shared what little I knew about this principle. I didn't know it then but I later learned that year how that simple act of declaring my belief gave the rest of the kids confidence to live their own faith.

How I live my faith

I currently serve in my church ward congregation as an assistant to the mission leader—a calling which sees me meet often with the missionaries to discuss how we can best help those investigating the church learn and grow in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I often get to teach some of the lessons during the Sunday School portion of the services to new members and visitors. This is one of my favourite responsibilities because I get to hear and feel peoples love and new found convictions in their Saviour and his restored Gospel. My family has a tradition of inviting these new members and investigators to our home after church services to have a meal, and to spend some time together outside of a church environment. We have made some wonderful friends this way and have found that our ethnic Guatemalan dishes are a hit with our guests! I also try and help individuals free of charge who are starting their own business ventures online because I believe that in serving others we discover our true potential. I love sharing my faith with others and am not shy about inviting them to feel how I feel about things such as the Book of Mormon, Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith and other modern day prophets.