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Hi I'm Marvin

I'm a theater lover growing up in Denver. I love 80's music, video games and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I grew up in Aurora, CO. Pretty standard childhood. Dad went to work mom stayed home with us kids. Oh dad is in wheel chair. Has been since I was about 7 or 8. Living with a parent you have to take care of as much as they take care of you can present unique challenges, but can develop a lot of strength too. I have been married for 3 years to my wife. It was easy living with her and we didn't have many troubles. That kind of changed when she had to go to the hospital and we didn't have insurance. She lost her job shortly thereafter and I have been working two full-time jobs to keep us floating above the bill collectors for over a year now. It is the Gospel of Jesus Christ that keeps me happy and motivated. I sometimes can only endure the day but I can always get through it relying on my savior. Especially when things get tough, I am surprised to find that paying tithing helps me pay my bills. I know math, but giving to the lord pays itself back exponentially.

Why I am a Mormon

I may have grown up in the church, but I struggled with the doctrine. I didn't want to do it a lot of the time. Sure it was good to be a caring person or to lift someone up, but I really didn't know if it was true. I remember taking a long drive home and being so frustrated with the challenges that I was going through. I had no radio, so the only option was to brood or to talk to God. I think I yelled for about a half an hour to the top of that van. Shortly before I reached civilization again I had yelled myself out and was finally ready to accept whatever help might come to me. I asked for it and for maybe the first time I felt God's love and caring for me. I knew that the church was true and that if I could just get myself out of the mess I was in, my life would pick up and I would be ok. It has been. Not saying my life has been perfect, but everything has been alright, hard, but alright.

How I live my faith

I love the young men in the ward. Before my life got too hectic for the calling, I was a boy scout master and a young men's teacher at church. The young men are awesome. They truly are men who simply do not have the experience of going out and doing things on their own. That is where we step in. We help them plan activities, make progress in their achievements, both in scouts and church. They get put into roles where what they say actually matters. I find it amazing that God puts so much trust into 12 year olds. After they get the grip of what they are doing, these amazing short people perform duties and offices with finesse the way you expect older people to when they have degrees and experience in the field. Right now I have been called to be a local missionary. Both me and my wife. We try to live our lives so that when we or someone else brings up a gospel topic or conversation, we can truly testify of it in our lives, not give some practiced answer. I think that given the choice, I could happily spend my days teaching, playing and loving the youth. They say you go where you are supposed to be. That is doubly true for me I think.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Well, none of it is given to the clergy. It is all spent in building churches, helping the poor, and strengthening the members and community. Show more Show less