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Hi I'm Marc

I've lived in 10 U.S. states and 2 countries. I love my family, basketball and Meredith Wilson's The Music Man. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just finished grad school and am now a marketer by trade. I am married and have several little ones. I love spending time with my wife and kids, which is a good thing because outside of work I don't have time for much besides them. That said, I do try to exercise regularly. I do anything I can to avoid running (basketball, racquetball, biking, etc.), but will even run if it comes to that. I also like skateboarding (longboarding, to be specific), though I find as I get older, fewer and fewer of my peers like to board. I am a pretty big college basketball fan and especially enjoyed the recent Season of The Jimmer. I love music. Singing is fun and my favorite movies are musicals. I hope to complete a triathlon someday. I would also like to shave 10 strokes off my handicap and learn to play the guitar as well as my brother-in-law. He makes it look so easy, I'm sure I can do it...with a lot of practice. All in good time, right?

Why I am a Mormon

My dad told me once that when he was a teenager, he didn't know for sure if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true, but he knew based on what he had seen and experienced that being a faithful member of the Mormon church was a wonderful way to live life and that he was going to live that way until he had a good reason not to. Not coincidentally, in the years that followed he gained a deep and abiding testimony of Christ the Savior and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His testimony came by doing God's will, by living the doctrine (John 7:17). My journey has been similar. I had a happy childhood and upbringing and always felt like the Mormon church and its teachings were central to my general happiness. Being Mormon wasn't always easy, but living the church's standards was empowering and fulfilling. From a very young age I knew that living the Gospel was a good way to live life, even if I couldn't say I knew that every bit of it was true. Even today, my testimony continues to develop and grow, and I hope it will forever. But I know now through a lifetime of faith-building experiences and answered prayers that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I know that Jesus himself is at its helm and directs it through a living prophet of God. And most importantly, I know that Christ is the Son of God and Savior of the World and that through him I can inherit Eternal life with my faithful loved ones. I cherish that knowledge and try to live my life accordingly. And that's why I'm a Mormon. It's not only a way of living that will allow me to be happy in this life. The Mormon church - the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - is true, and if I remain true to it, I can be happy forever.

How I live my faith

I try to spend at least a few minutes every day studying the scriptures - the Bible and the Book of Mormon - and the teachings of current church leaders (the apostles and prophet). Daily study is a challenge - and I miss more days than I'd like to admit - but doing it helps my testimony grow and helps me stay grounded. My wife and I also try to read from the scriptures together every day. Having moved recently, I don't yet have a specific assignment or "calling" to serve in my new congregation, but in my previous congregation I helped organize and run the Sunday School program. I helped to make sure our Sunday School classes had teachers each week, helped train the teachers and worked with the bishop to make sure the Sunday School organization and curriculum were meeting the needs of the congregation. Additionally, I assist the full-time missionaries when I can. I give them rides places and tag along on their visits to people interested in learning about the Mormon church. Temple worship is also an important aspect of the Mormon faith and I try to worship at the temple regularly.