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Hi I'm Marcus

I'm married and have four children (3 living), I own my own business, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a convert, a husband to an amazing athlete, parent of 4 beautiful children of which one has passed away, and founder and former COO of a company going public. I enjoy mountain biking, cycling, and am an Ironman. Yet, despite all my hard work, I still can't keep up with my former collegiate athlete wife who continues to dominate me in running! I grew up in a small town on a farm and started my first business when I was 5. I was always an entrepreneur. Although I graduated from college, I always knew I would be self-employed. Nearly 10 years ago two friends and I started a company that owns several companies of which one is going public. It's been a roller coaster starting businesses, raising a family, trying to stay active and up with my wife, and being involved in my church and community, but it's worth every tiring minute!

Why I am a Mormon

I found the church when I was 12 or it found me. My family moved to the Navajo reservation and I met a boy who would not play with me unless I stopped swearing, so I stopped. He was a "Mormon." He invited me to scouts, activities and became my best friend. He introduced the missionaries and little did anyone know, but when I was 6 years old I asked my parents about life after death. My parents were very religious, but were unable to answer with any certainty if we would be together as a family. This haunted me for years - fast forward to when the missionaries came to our house and they taught us the Plan of Salvation on a felt board: it hit me like a ton of bricks, my question from when I was 6 years old was answered. I knew the church was true and that the gospel of Jesus Christ had been restored on the earth - it truly was an answer to my prayers. My parents are members, my siblings were married in the temple, I served a mission, and married an amazing return missionary. As a couple we faced tragedy when we lost our third daughter to a serious heart defect. After multiple surgeries and prayers she passed away 8 years ago. A challenging time for us, but what an opportunity to be blessed by many miracles along the way. As we prayed for the last time as a family around her bed and she slipped away from us, I felt the most incredible peace and comfort I've ever experienced. I felt my Heavenly Father's arms around me and Heaven was so close. I knew at that moment I would see, hold and love her again and that her body would be perfect. I have great hope in the resurrection and life to come and know God has a plan. I'm a Mormon because I know there is more to life than just this earthly experience. I always knew that God had a plan for me personally, why else was I born, and I know that through his Son, Jesus Christ, we can be saved and return to live with our families in His presence. That is Heaven and an answer to a 6 year old's question.

How I live my faith

I volunteer and sit on the board for low income housing and subsidies, assisting in financial and program oversight. I also sit on the Advisory Board for several tech start up companies. This exposure gives me the opportunity to share my faith through example and direct questions of my faith. I've been blessed to introduce faith, Jesus Christ and His gospel in many professional settings. I'm also very involved in my local ward (congregation) where for many years I taught Young Men and was involved in the scouting program (BSA). Currently I am serving in my third Bishopric (congregational leadership) in a newly formed ward that encompasses a new home subdivision being built. This has given us the opportunity to meet new members of our faith as well as members of other faiths. One of my favorite things to do during the week is go and visit people in this new subdivision and get to know them and their families and just talk about our families and common goals. When we founded this new company, we would travel back to New York to meet with our private equity firm and to attend board meetings. We all three made a commitment to represent our faith in all circumstances. We had many spirited and academic discussions regarding religion, faith and Christianity, with many people who knew nothing of Christianity let alone Mormons, but it was rewarding to always hear how much they trusted us and wanted to do future business with Mormons. Long term vision is something difficult to find in this age of micro-learning, but it's comforting to always know that God loves us, He is our Father, and He has a plan for us to have joy in this life and live together with our loved ones after this life experience.