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Hi I'm Marc

I am a native Arizonan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work in a local government Emergency Operations Center. I love to play guitar and have been playing for 20+ years. My parents divorced when I was 10. My mother was Mormon and my father was Catholic, but both were examples of faith. I've been married for 14 years with 4 beautiful children.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Mormon and enjoyed going to church as a young boy. As a teenager, I wanted to rebel a little so trying to avoid going to church was a way to rebel. Having my parents divorced was difficult as well, because I was the only boy in the house (two sisters and mom). Mom used every trick imaginable to get me to go to church and I did most of the time. I had friends there so I was always glad I went afterwards. They were the brothers I wish I had. As High School graduation approached, however, the realization that adult life would begin soon weighed on my mind. Young men in the church were expected to serve a mission and I needed to decide where my life was going to go post graduation. I began to search for answers. Scriptures, friends (Mormons and non-Mormons), and prayer. I decided that if I was to serve a mission I would need to know if the church and its teachings were true. After much pondering, praying, and reading I felt a peace and love for the Savior I had only felt in passing before. I knew these were his teachings. I knew I needed to serve my brothers and sisters wherever I was called. I eventually served in Brazil and loved it. I saw the Gospel change lives for the better. I also saw my own life change. I learned how to care about others without regard for my own wants or comforts. It was the best thing that could've happened to me. My life has been blessed because of the choices I've made. It doesn't mean life has been easy and it doesn't mean I've enjoyed more success than someone that doesn't live the way I do, but my life is richer and more meaningful because of these choices.

How I live my faith

I am the leader of the men's group. I and 3 other men organize the visiting and watching over of the families and individuals in our ward. I enjoy visiting the families of our ward. Sometimes we visit families that may have spiritual needs or temporal needs. We try to help as much as we can. Often times we help single sisters with projects they are unable to do on their own. This is such a source of joy for me. Sometimes we just need to just pick up some guys in our ward and go eat wings. We as men don't think we need that and often don't talk about it, but it's nice to get together with other guys and relax. It has been my vision to create a comraderie among the men in our ward. We've had a lot of success in this area and it has begun to feel like a real brotherhood. Non-Mormon men join us frequently as well as less-active Mormons. If one were to study Jesus' life, they would find that all he did was invite others to follow him without regard for status. He wasn't exclusive, but in fact people chose to exclude themselves from him.