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Hi I'm Marc

I'm a Coloradan through & through. I Mountain bike, Ski/Snow board. I love sushi and movies based on a true story & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work as the marketing director for a financial planning firm in Denver. I love to come up with new ways of exciting people about the services we have to offer. There is just something about seeing and hearing someone take interest in something that they didn't realize they needed until you present it to them. I suppose it is the same with my religion. I love to see people learn about my faith and the church I belong to. Then, when I watch them realize that the truths and values that are so valuable and precious to me can be part of their lives too; and that these truths are something they need in their lives, there is nothing more rewarding. There are very few things in this world that I love more than my wife and 2.5 kids (first boy due Jan 2012) One of them is down hill mountain biking. Nothing could be more fun than screaming down the face of a mountain at 40+ MPH... Wait there is something more fun... Hide and seek with a 2 year old and a 4 year old. They never seem to find me when I hide on top of the fridge. Being a husband and father is my reason for breathing. I thought I loved my wife when we got married but now that we have a family together; I work harder, listen better, love stronger and grow more fond of my eternal companion Kim more every day.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised going to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints all my life. When I was younger I just went to church because my parents went. But there comes a time when every kid leaves home and becomes his own man. At 18 I left for college and began to see that my family was better off spiritually and emotionally than many others in the world. I decided to read God's word in the Bible and also in the Book of Mormon to find what I believe was really true. As an 18 year old boy I came to know the path to true happiness and success during this mortal life. That path starts with taking Jesus' invitation to "come follow me". I have come to know the way to truly follow him is by being baptized as he was and keeping his commandments throughout our lives. I have chosen to keep commandments like staying virtuous till marriage, being honest in my interactions with my fellow man, praying daily, reading the Scriptures daily and attending church on Sundays. Keeping these commandments has helped me come to know God's purpose for our lives and has brought me peace and direction. I am a Mormon because I know that my church as all the truth available for me to understand the purpose of life and what I need to do to have life beyond death. I am Mormon because my church has the capacity to marry me to the love of my life for eternity and not till death parts us.

How I live my faith

I get up every weekday morning at 5am to be at the church building by 6:30 am to teach a group of 10th graders the truths found in the scriptures. This year we are studying in the Old Testament. I pray over every meal and give thanks for the bounty in my life. On Monday nights I gather my wife and kids around me to teach them about Jesus Christ and his commandments for us. Every Sunday I attend church services and partake of a Sacrament to renew the promises I made with God at my baptism. These promises are to take his name upon me, keep his commandments and always remember him. I take joy in paying a tithing on the income I make. Occasionally I fast 2 meals and give the money I would have spent on those meals to a needy family in my community. Basically I live my religion by following the example of Jesus Christ and inviting others to come follow him.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Marc
In the Old Testament Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek. Paying tithes has always been a sign of giving thanks for what a person has been given by God. In our church none of our Bishops or church leaders are paid for their service. All tithing money is strictly for the physical needs of the church. I take comfort knowing that tithing is used for sacred purposes and not to benefit any one individual. If the great prophet Abraham paid tithes, then I ought to as well. I want the lord to know the the worldly possessions I acquire, mainly monetary currency is less important to me than the spiritual blessing he provides me. I guess the way I see it... I can't afford not to pay tithing. I need the promise in Malachi 3:8-10 fulfilled in my life. Show more Show less