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Hi I'm Marty

I'm a retired engineer, computer guru, husband, father, grandfather, and a Mormon.

About Me

We joined the LDS Church in 1969. At that point, our family consisted of myself, my wife and 2 children. As we moved around the USA, primarily due to job changes, we added 2 more children. Now we have 13 grandchildren, 1 of whom has passed on. I love my family. We have a close relationship with our children and grandchildren. Our family is very important to us.

Why I am a Mormon

The purpose of this life is to determine our level of commitment to truth and righteousness, to the eternal principles which we agreed to live by before we entered this realm. A testimony is rather a natural result of that test. It does not come overnight. It develops thru studying the scriptures, prayer, attending church, serving others, and generally striving to live in accord with gospel principles. I have a strong testimony that God, our Heavenly Father, lives. His Son, Jesus Christ, came to this earth as the literal Son of God and Mary. Jesus grew in stature and wisdom and was prepared by Heavenly Father to establish His Kingdom on the earth. His mission included His suffering for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane (the atonement), and finally His death on the cross on Golgotha and His resurrection. He lives! Because He suffered for our sins, we may all be redeemed from eternal death (salvation), on condition of our acceptance of Him. Because of the resurrection, all mankind will be able to receive an immortal body. He has received His exaltation, and through obedience to the laws and ordinances of His Gospel, we can progress towards exaltation too. I know that the Book of Mormon contains the word of God, and that Joseph Smith was able to translate the Book of Mormon directly from the original metal plates using the Urim and Thummim and the gift and power of God. . I know that our prophets have been guided by revelation from the Lord in the building up of the Kingdom of God upon the earth, and in like manner, each of us can receive personal revelation and inspiration thru the Holy Ghost as we seek the guidance that we need in our personal lives and in our areas of stewardship. I know that we are children of God, and the Lord desires to bless each of us and wants us to ask for the help that we need. In Matthew 7:7 it reads, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

How I live my faith

As Mormons, we believe in living our religion. Putting it another way, we strive to live in accord with the commandments of God and the principles and doctrines that we have been taught in the scriptures and by our living prophets. In our home, we often have gospel discussions, and turn to the scriptures, Church magazines, DVDs of our General Conference broadcasts and other resources, including the LDS.org website. Over the years, I've had many different church callings, including teaching youth and adult classes, serving as home teacher, and in various administrative positions. I especially enjoy teaching.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Marty
God sent us to earth as a member of a family, with a father and a mother, to love us, provide for and teach us many things, but especially God's truths. There is great strength in a family that lives the gospel, and that strength helps us to cope with the challenges of life and to help each other through difficult times. Families are central to God's plan, which is why we are strongly family-oriented as a church. We believe that the family unit can be eternal and Heavenly Father wants us to return to Him as families, united for eternity, therefore we seek to know our ancestors thru Family History and Genealogy work. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Marty
I know that the Bible is the word of God insofar as it has been translated correctly. However, it contains many errors due to translation and the interference of various political interests in times past. The books of the Bible are not in chronological sequence, which adds to the confusion. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. In other words, it teaches the same gospel principles and doctrines as the Bible and testifies of Christ. Much like the Bible, it is a collection of teachings of past prophets and apostles. Unlike the Bible, it has not been through multiple translations. I know that the Book of Mormon contains the word of God, and that Joseph Smith was blessed to be able to translate the Book of Mormon directly from the original metal plates using the Urim and Thummim and the gift and power of God. The Holy Ghost will testify to YOU of the truth of the Book of Mormon! In Moroni 10:4 it reads: “... ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.” Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Marty
We worship God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior. Joseph Smith was a great man and a Prophet of God, but we do not worship him. We acknowledge and respect him as a Prophet. We appreciate his accomplishments as an instrument in God's hands, as well as the personal sacrifices that he made to bring forth the Book of Mormon and re-establish the Lord's true church and priesthood. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Marty
The Prophet Joseph Smith received the law of health, which we refer to as the Word of Wisdom, back in 1833. It can be found in the Doctrine & Covenants, Section 89. It is just as important to church members today as it was then, but modern scientists have proven the truth of these same principles through clinical research. The reason for the Lord's concern is that, by keeping our bodies and minds healthy, we are better able to communicate with God and receive personal inspiration and revelation from the Holy Ghost. In addition to the Word of Wisdom, we believe in fasting one Sunday each month. Together with a proper diet and exercise, fasting helps to detoxify and cleanse the body. We believe that God has promised both physical and spiritual blessings when we keep his law of health, as well as His other commandments. Show more Show less