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Hi I'm Marty

I recently retired working as an Agricultural Economist in South Dakota. I love the Black Hills. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love working with people. As an Economist I spent 25 years working with individuals with financial and managerial decision affecting their families. I have learned that most people are good overall with the same goals and fears as anyone else. They seek to provide a good life for themselves and their loved ones. I grew up on a farm/ranch in South central Utah where we raised Charolais beef cattle (they're the all white ones). I'm grateful for a father that taught me the value and feeling of accomplishment that comes from working hard and finishing what one starts. I love the outdoors, hunting and fishing especially. I also have an affinity for model railroading. I am somewhat of a jack-of-all-trades and master of none. I love working in my yard and garden. I have just begun my second career and although it is not as glamorous as the first, it provides well for my family. I am very comfortable around a computer and have used it extensively in my career and home life. My family is the biggest reason I do what I do. They give me a reason for working hard. I find much joy and happyness being near them and following their successes. I still get a big kick out of talking to people. Each has a story to tell that is as interesting as the next. I am happy with my life and my accomplishments; especially those pertaining to my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because from a very early age I have always known it is true. Nothing in my life has every caused me to disbelieve what I have learned. I know there is much that I do not know, but, what is life without learning. I know that as I am ready, answers will come. As a child attending church and other church related activities, I have always felt a warmth within that I cannot deny as the Spirit confirming to me the truth of what I have learned. I know there is a God. I know that we are made in his image as it states in Genesis 1:26-27. I have seen and participated in miracles. I have sat in councils where decisions have been made for Church guidance. In one meeting, I felt a "stupor of thought" which led us to know our initial decision was wrong and then, some minutes later, the joy and elation as the Holy Ghost touched our hearts letting us know that the new decision was what the Lord wanted. It was like turning a light switch off and on. I am a Mormon because I asked the Lord through prayer if this Church is truly His and received the answer through the Spirit that it was. Mormon 10:4-5.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in everything I do and say. Those around me have almost never heard me swear. I try to help others as best I can and feel terrible when others are offended by any of my actions. I serve in Church callings. I have severed in position from teacher and clerk to serving as a counselor to Bishops. I support my wife in her Church assignments and I try to prioritize my time and efforts towards my family. I still “date” my wife as often as I can and love to hold her hand. I read the scriptures and pray almost every day (after all, I'm only human). I am very open to discussing my beliefs with friends and strangers. There are few, if any, of my friends who do not know I am a Mormon. I love hearing about other's lives and learn what I can from their experiences. I respect my elders (although there are getting fewer and fewer of them all the time). I do not seek position over others. I try my best to forgive those who have wronged me and/or my family. I do not hold grudges. In short, I try to be the best I can in being the person I believe my Savior would want me to be.