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Hi I'm Merlin

I'm a Mormon. I love Jesus Christ and know that he lived and died for us. I know He, a tangible resurrected being, lives today.

About Me

I have been married to my wife for 45 years. We have six children and 23 grandchildren. Most of them live near us. I am retired. I spend much of my time in service to our community and the Church. We have served three fulltime missions for the Church since my retirement began. In addition, I enjoy golf (having been to college on a golf scholarship), tennis, hiking, gardening and reading. Recently, we have been hiking the various Wilderness areas of Colorado. We love the outdoors, the streams, the flowers and the freedom we feel when away from the bustle of the city. Life has its challenges, but it is good. I believe the service we render to family and Church fills us with a satisfaction that assures us that life has purpose and the we are accomplishing the things God sent us here on earth to do.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to Mormon parents and have been an active member all my life. However, I had my doubts during my later teenage years and had to seek my own assurance that the things I had been taught as a child were true. I was going to say "were correct for me," but that would imply there is no such thing as absolute truth which is not correct. I learned through my own experience that truth is unchanging. People are mislead when they say "this is truth to me." I believe that truth isn't comprised of what we want it to be. It exists and does not waiver because of the opinions of women or men. My personal experience gave me a sure knowledge that God is real. He knows me personally and that the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught in the scriptures is the only way to happiness in this life. Other activities may bring us pleasure of a temporary nature, but living Christ's teachings will bring true happiness and inner peace in this world of strife and turmoil. I enjoyed sharing these feelings when serving missions for the Church. When asked about the missions to the west and east coasts of the United States some of other Christian religions looked at me quizzically as though to say, "Christains in the United States don't need to be taught. Why doesn't your church send you to some foreign land where they really need it?" Other lands do need the Gospel, but there a many right around us whose lives are filled with despair and anxiety. They lack the peace I mentioned earlier. When we allow Him Christ will lift these burdens from us. We found many who opened their hearts and minds to learn more. Their lives were changed. Life became better.

How I live my faith

At the present time I serve as the Scout Committee Chairman of the troop in our congregation. My wife and I also teach other members in their homes and we teach a genealogical class in Sunday School and at the family history library. We also attend the temple 2-3 times a week where we do service for those who did not have the opportunity of enjoying the gospel in their lives.