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Hi I'm Martin

I'm a Mormon. I have been a field grade officer in the United States military, and I have a doctoral degree in leadership.

About Me

I believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in his Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost, but I recognize that some people do not and that is their choice. I also believe in keeping the Ten Commandments and in loving God with all my heart and my neighbor as myself. I also believe in being subject to governments and in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law. I also believe the constitution of our land was established by Jesus Christ for the rights and protection of all flesh through wise men whom the Lord raised up for that very purpose. I also believe in worshiping God according to the dictates of my own conscience and that all people should have the same privilege of worshiping what, where, or how they may, as long as they respect the rights of others. Yes, I am a Mormon, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is a church that encourages its people to obey the laws and treat each other as children of God. It encourages us to be educated and self-reliant while helping our neighbors and providing humanitarian aid to suffering people around the world. This is a church that teaches its people to have high moral standards, to be honest in their dealings, and to have strong, happy families. I do not expect all others to follow these same principles, but I know it is the right path for me, and I will try my best to live up to the standards my Heavenly Father has given me.

Why I am a Mormon

After 5th grade I attended a summer Bible school class. I learned about Old Testament prophets and about Jesus Christ. I had heard the unless someone was baptized he could not go to heaven and I wondered about that. I needed to learn more about baptism and about heaven. I wanted to know who God was and what he expected of me. The answers I got from my church did not seem right. I figured if someone wanted to know what God was like, they could just ask the prophet, but I was told there were no prophets. After two years, I met the Mormon missionaries who taught me about a modern prophet, Joseph Smith, Jr., who had seen God and could tell use what he was like and how we could please him and be baptized into his kingdom on earth. I rejoiced in that message and the Holy Spirit testified to me that the message was true.

How I live my faith

I worked to earn a living, but I learned that my goal was not to have a nice house, a good car, or a career. My goal was to have a family and I was blessed those things so I could take care of them. I volunteer to have life. I recently was a part-time church service missionary teaching unemployed people how to emphasize their skills and how to find new employment. I taught career workshops and helped with resumes and job searches. Many of those people found meaningful employment, even in these time of high unemployment.