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Hi I'm Marcus Rhodes

I grew up in the linguistic and engineering community all over the USA and Germany. I'm a computer programmer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband, a father of 4, American by birth, English and German by descent, computer programmer by trade, scientist/philosopher/historian by hobby, avid cyclist by passion, hiker by inclement weather, member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by the grace of God. But I wasn't always a member. My mother sent us to the Methodist church when I was nine years old. Neighbors introduces me to Billy Graham when I was 11. Relating Billy Graham's teachings to my uncle got me introduced to his faith when I was 12. I was baptised at 15. Circumstances led me to Germany where I married a German girl, and we had a daughter, but that fell apart because of my faith. And my father's relatives are mostly Evangelicals, and always openly hostile to my faith. So, I am mostly an outcast in my family, and haven't seen my daughter in Germany since she was 4 years old. But God has blessed me with another family, and I am happy.

Why I am a Mormon

When I first heard of the Book of Mormon from my uncle, I just knew it was true. And I hadn't even read it yet! Being young, it took me time to finally read it, and the other scriptures, but, when I did, I immediately recognized in them the truth of God, but just as much as my young mind could grasp. Over the years, my study of both LDS, Christian, and other scriptures, as well as my studies in science, history, mythology, and anthropology, only serve to strengthen my witness and my commitment to God, Jesus Christ, His church, our scriptures, and our prophets. As time passes, I grow hungrier for God, I grow better informed as to who, what, where, and when God is (or are), and I always find Him in the scriptures, and in the words of our prophets. There has never been anything or anyone on this earth so informative, so correct, or so fulfilling as what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has brought to me. There are many good people, and they have much of value to say. But, the Methodist faith I was raised in ultimately left me empty. The Baptist faith of my father could teach me too little. The Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, all have only bits and pieces intermixed with too much that has been added by well-meaning, but misguided human beings. Not God. I have found God. I invite you to find Him, too. And if you didn't even know you were seeking Him, I invite you to find out that you really have been all along. So, come and listen to a prophet speak.

How I live my faith

I live for others. I work to support my family. I study in order to be able to teach them, and to be able to correct the inaccuracies of others, so that they will not be confused. I help everyone I can, whenever I can. I give a tenth of my gross income to the church, knowing that they will use it as God would wish. I give a tenth of that amount to my Bishop, knowing that he will help those truly needing and worthy of help. I attend the temple to help those who've gone on before. I help people at work to do their jobs better, so that they, and everyone else, can keep their jobs. I try to encourage them to live within their means, and to stay out of debt, so that they can be free. I help people at church to understand their scriptures, and the prophets better, so that we can all be one, united, as Christ would have us be. I patiently endure persecution. (And, as a Mormon outside of Utah, I get a lot of opportunity to endure persecution.) But I try to set a good example anyway, and look for opportunities to educate my attackers in my beliefs, and my rights to my beliefs. (This is the USA, after all.) I read the scripture an hour or so each day. I study astronomy, geology, history, and a bit of language (most recently the Mayan language). I encourage others to be kind and patient with one another instead of severe and condemning. At the same time, I encourage others to respect each others' boundaries and standards. (It just will not do to go to someone else church and rail against them.)

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Marcus Rhodes
First, not everyone lives in the flesh. A third of the spirits were cast down here with Satan never to have bodies at all. Second, we believe, and the Bible corroborates, that there are two deaths: the separation of your spirit from your body, and the separation of your spirit from God's spirit. Third, this life is just a stage in our whole lives, and a stage that, in the great scheme of things, will seem as brief to us as your time in Kindergarten seems to you now. So live it well! Fourth, there is no 'end', just an end to this life and this world. There will be a new heaven, and a new earth, and the righteous will each inherit their appropriate place therein, while the wicked will be cast into outer darkness, where they will be separated from God's spirit, and suffer the second death. However, that all takes place at and after the final judgement. In the mean-time, the dead enter into the spirit realm or the spirit prison, depending on their righteousness, awaiting the resurrection, the Millenium, and then the final judgement. Everyone will be resurrected at some point. Some will remain resurrected. Other will return to the earth to await judgement. But all will be judged in the flesh. Show more Show less