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Hi I'm Chris Marsh

I grew up in Alaska commercial fishing with my family. At age 37 I joined the Army. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the 3rd of 8 children. I was born in northern Minnesota and grew up in Alaska. My parents taught us kids a lot about self reliance. At any moment the boats that brought goods to town could not show up for one reason or another. At a very young age my dad would take me hunting and fishing, and it important to take care of what we got. Canning, smoking, and preparing venison and fish was a normal way of life for us. Today as an adult I try to teach my children the same values about self reliance. Getting my education was very important to me. After many set backs and about 10 years of on and off studying I finally earned my bachelors degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Psychology. Now, in a new chapter in my life I have joined the Army. At 37 people have questioned whether or not I was dropped on my head as a child. Why would someone so old want to join the Army? I tell them that I love my country, my God, and my family, and this is a way that I can show my appreciation for all of them.

Why I am a Mormon

I have had the opportunity to live several different lives, and none of them appealed to me. Living as a Mormon is not all that I know but, it is all that I want. Being a Mormon is as much a part of me and my life, as being a male is as much a part of me and my life. God has blessed me with a testimony of the truth of the gospel. That testimony was given to me through prayer, reading, and living and keeping commandments. God has blessed me with many tender mercies that have changed my life for the better.

How I live my faith

I was asked to speak in Church on September 11, 2011. As I was telling some of the young men in my platoon they were congratulating me for such an honor. Many asked what I had done to get to do something like that. Many were shocked when I said that in my Church, the members talk in church because there are no paid clergy. Commenting on how I remembered that I was about 12 years old the first time I gave a talk in Church surprised most people in my platoon. Talking in Church, visiting others, not drinking or doing drugs, and using clean language are just a few things that I do to show my faith.