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Hi I'm Martin

I was born in England. I am a husband and a father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of three and a devoted husband. My family is my life. I would do anything for them. I am a college graduate with a career in banking. I love to read and to learn. I also love to help others to learn and develop. I enjoy watching or playing sports. I enjoy the theater and the arts, when possible as a busy father. I love to have fun with whatever I do. I enjoy making any situation fun and can find the humor in things that are often mundane.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have chosen to be. I did not grow up in the Mormon Church, but it many ways feel that it found me. Throughout my life I have had several times where the Mormon faith crossed my path and I never realized it. In 5th grade I had the research assignment to study the Mormon trail and first learned of the early days of the church. I thought little of it at the time. As my life progressed I faces trials that pulled me away from faith of any kind. I felt alone even when I was with friend, in fact, especially when I was with my friends. I felt empty but tried to fill that emptiness in any way that I could. I dove into work, into social life and social activities, into music, into travel, but never felt the void filled. After some time, a friend invited me to their church. I accepted but only because I didn't want to offend. A few weeks after I attended I found myself reflecting on some of the feelings that I had at church. I decided I needed to look at religion. The church didn't matter, though, right? Well it was a decision I felt I needed to get right because I needed to see if it was worth the time, and I had a lot of questions. I sought out leaders of many faiths in the area, both Christian and non-Christian. I also met with the Mormon missionaries. All of them were very interested in telling me their message, but I would leave feeling like I was lacking in their answers. The Mormon missionaries were the only ones told me I could receive an answer from a loving and real Heavenly Father through prayer. I wasn't ready for that yet, but in time I humbled myself and asked for an answer. Through this and many other experiences in my life I have learned that I am a Mormon because my prayers have been answered, because I know that I have a loving Savior in Jesus Christ, because it makes me be a better person - not because it expects me to, but it makes me expect me to and want to, for me and for my family. My eternal family.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be an example to others of the Savior, Jesus Christ. To live my life in a manner that is in harmony with his teachings. I try to be an example of hard work. An example of caring for others and of serving others. I live my faith by participating in opportunties to serve. I try to do this through my work, in my family, and at Church. At work I try to treat employees and customers fairly. In my family I try to help where I can to help the family succeed. I try to make my wife smile and laugh. I make my kids happy and play with them and teach them. I try be an example to them of learning the gospel and reading and studying the scriptures. I teach them to pray. I help them to understand gospel principles and how they affect their lives. At Church I work with our local unit leader, who is called a bishop, and try to help make his job easier. Since those in the Church serve for free on top of their other jobs, we all help to keep things running and to feel the Spirit of the Lord together. Our Bishop works hard both in his job and his calling as a Bishop so I try to ease some of that responsibilty by organizing his appointments and schedule and help him in meetings so that he can help those that stand in need.

What is the First Vision?

As with my experience, and that of millions of people throughout the world, Joseph Smith was confused about which church to join. There were so many teaching the same scriptures but with such different messages. One day as Joseph Smith was reading in the Bible he read James 1:5 which reads, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." He decided to do just that, ask God which church to join. In the spring of 1820, Joseph went into a nearby grove of trees to pray about which church he should join. In his own words..."When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!" In answer to his prayer, Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith. He was told to join none of the churches that existed at the time as the Church as Jesus had organized it had been lost over the centuries since Christ was on the earth. The organization of that ancient Church along with the priesthood authority needed to be restored. This first vision was the beginning of that "restoration of all things" spoken of in the Bible. Show more Show less