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Hi I'm Marty Grisham

Married over 38 yrs, father of 1 girl & 5 boys, grandfather, Father In-Law, firefighter, cancer survivor and, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I first met my wife in high school. I joined the fire service in 1980, and Currently serve as our city Emergency Manager! During my career, I was part of a non-profit medical disaster team. I responded to major disasters, such as Mexico City earthquake, Russia, San Salvador, Phillipines, and domestically in Hawaii, North Dakota and Florida. Scouting has been a big part of our family. All 5 of my boys have earned the rank of Eagle. One of them is currently serving in the US Marines. In 2005, I recieved a call from my doctor that I had an extremely rare cancer called Merkel Cell Carcinoma. My battle to survive was one of the hardest things I have had to do... and when the cancer recently came back, I wondered if I could do it again. I finished my radiation treatments, and today...count my blessings everyday!!! This cancer is not one you can say is gone... but it is not currently presenting itself. What I do know, is that I'm grateful for what it has taught me. My wife is the flour that binds our family! She was so out numbered by all six of us boys...(she oftem referred to me as her "sixth son") that raising us was a real accomplishment!!! We are all better because of her! I delivered our last son in the front seat of my Ford F-250, on FATHERS DAY!!! I wanted to name him Ford, or names that made his initials RIG... but I lost that one! I'm a blessed man, a Firefighter, husband, father, grandfather, an OB father, and... I'm a Mormon!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a convert to the church. I joined in 1974, at the age of 19. I was raised in a Catholic family, though I only attended on holidays and funerals! As a young boy in school, I had no interest in being part of a "church". I really did not believe in my heart that any of them were really true. So I resisted joining any of them. But when I heard the Joseph Smith story, it hit a cord in my heart. I had the same question in my mind... which of all the churchs is right... which one should I join. I had determined not to join any. In fact, two of my best friends and I made up our own church, so we could tell the girls that wanted us to go to church with them, that we had a church already!!! I named my church "Martyism". So think of how I felt when Joseph Smith prayed in the grove and was visited by God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ?! It rang true in my heart, and I joined. My conversion all started when my "girlfriend" (now wife) and I started talking about marriage. She told me if we got married that she wanted to get married in a Temple. Not being a member yet, I told her that would be fine... that I really didn't care where we got married! She gave me a little grin, and said... wellllllll, there is a little more to it than that! 37 years later... I still laugh at her little statement... there is a little more to it..." I love my wife, I love my family, I love my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. I'm grateful for the scriptures, they are my playbook!

How I live my faith

I have had the blessing of serviing in the fire service most of my adult life. Serving in the church is kind of like being a firefighter... you help people in need, you serve because you love people, you respond when you get a call to help, and you study and practice what you learn, so when you're called, you know how to help and do it with skill and precision. The church is a means to serve, to help those in need. We keep it simple in the church, but is it one of the most effective ways I have ever seen to help the needy... whether their need is physical or spiritual. I live my faith through my family. I love them and THEY are the reason I want to be the best I can. I believe families CAN be together forever... so I strive for that everyday. Nothing would make me happier than to get to be with my wife, kids and grandchildren for all time and eternity! THAT would be the real capstone to this earthly existance!