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Hi I'm Marc

I'm a robotics Ph.D. student, a soccer enthusiast, a fan of French pastries, a Father and Husband and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a robotics Ph.D. student that's trying to graduate as soon as possible so that I find a job let me kids have a backyard instead of an apartment playground. I love the outdoors and especially love hiking or camping with my wife and small children. I also enjoy playing soccer (or football if you will) and although I'm out of shape, I love running around with my kids and trying to teach them to kick a ball. Having served a mission for the LDS church in France, my wife and I were also able to go back there for a Masters degree. Because of our time in France, we really love the French food, French countryside and the French people. Don't ask me about the French wine, I wouldn't know (since I don't drink).

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I believe it is the church of God on the earth today. I grew up learning about this faith from my parents and some people may think that it is simply a tradition for me. However, at the age of 19 I went on a mission to France to represent the LDS church in Paris. Although I had always felt strongly that God lived and was my loving Heavenly Father and that Jesus was my Savior, it was on my mission that I came to understand what this church means to me. A mission was one of the hardest experiences of my life. Although we met kind people everywhere we went, there were many who were rude or even threatening as we walked the streets trying to talk about Jesus Christ and his restored Gospel. Even though it was extremely difficult I can also say that it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Because people were often so opposed or at least closed-minded in regards to the message we shared, I had to come to a conclusion for myself if the message we were sharing was true. I initially thought that if our message that God had called a prophet today was true, we should have more success in spreading the word of God. However, I learned for myself what Jesus told his Apostles in John 14: Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. By spending that 2 years in France and being humbled every day by the greatness of God and my own nothingness, I realized that He loved me. I realized that He loved all of His children on the earth. I realized that because He loves us, He sent His son Jesus Christ to save us from our sins and from physical death. I also came to a firm testimony and faith that if God loves us, He had to send a prophet again in our day to clear up confusion and contention about His doctrine.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith first and foremost in my own home. I believe that it is extremely important for me to be a supportive husband and a loving father. As the scriptures teach us (Ephesians 5:25), I believe that I should love my wife and sacrifice for her in the same way that Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it. I find great joy and satisfaction in reading the scriptures and praying with my wife and children every night. I also try to live my faith by serving others and want very much to be like the Savior when it says in the scriptures that he went about doing good. As a student, I often wish I had more means to be able to help my fellowmen, but I know that the Lord is pleased with what I can offer which is time and compassion to my brothers and sisters. Finally I am grateful to the church for the opportunities it provides to live my faith and serve my fellow men. I've had the opportunity to serve in many organizations within our congregation. I think that the most rewarding may be have been working with a Boy Scouts of America troop that consisted of boys from the south Atlanta area. I am so grateful to be in a church where our clergy and members render unpaid service while trying to build up the kingdom of God by serving His children here on the earth.