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Hi I'm Marc

I grew up in South Africa, am a Urban & Regional Planner & have lived and worked in 5 countries around the world and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have travelled much of the world and have lived and worked in a number of countries. I am awed at the diversity and beauty of this planet which we call home. I enjoy meeting and conversing with people wherever we go and experiencing a bit of their history and culture. I am a passionate cyclist and thoroughly enjoy being out in the open and enjoying nature. I have a deep sense of gratitude for my wife, my family and the life that I have and want to help others in need whenever the opportunity arises. I enjoy connecting with people and making a difference in whatever way I can. I had dyslexia as a child and could not read or write and my mum (who was a single parent at the time) put me into a remedial school in 4th grade. I am grateful for the sacrifice she made for me as I went on to obtain a university degree and diploma and cannot imagine not being able to read or write. I am the Director of a planning department and I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was brought up in a non-religious home but had a couple of religious experiences when I was a child when my simple heartfelt prayers were answered. Then in my university years I began to think a lot more about the the profound questions we all have, such as where we came from, why are we here, and where are we going to. It seemed all too inconceivable to me that this life was pure chance, that we somehow came to exist as a result of single celled organisms having figured it all out millions of years ago and embarked on an evolutionary process to end up with a highly organised and complex planet filled with so many life forms which give beauty and variety to all the earth. More inconceivable was the notion that all our emotions, thoughts and feelings are purely chemical reactions in our body and mind and that all existence is devoid of any spiritual element. With this I embarked on a spritual journey to find true religion. Why? - because there is so much diversity in religion and I did not wish to meet my maker only to find out I had been mislead all my life. I attended numerous churches over the years in my search for the true church. When I came across the Church, I was very sceptical and for 3 and a half years I investigated, probed and questioned many things about it and came to the conclusion that in order to know if it was true then I would need to ask God the Eternal Father, and not man if this Gospel was true. I testify that as a result of the spiritual witness which I received many years ago that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true Church restored to the earth in these the latter days. It is the Church of Him whose name it bares. I now know the meaning and purpose of life and that families can be together forever through the holy sealing ordiance which is performed in the holy Temples of God. I know that the Book of Mormon is another book of holy scripture and that together with the Bible, it testifies that Jesus is the Christ.

How I live my faith

The Saviour Jesus Christ lived a life of service to His fellow men. I wish to emulate His example and enjoy helping other people in whatever way I can. For me this includes serving in the Church, helping people in need, being a friend and confidant, and lending a hand to neighbours and anyone who needs assistance. In the Church I have served in various capacities such as being a youth advisor, a counsellor to the Bishop, a teacher to young children, assisted with planning young single adult activities and conventions, and visiting families assigned to me. I have also run a scout troop in the Church, worked with the homeless and residents in shack settlements in Africa, and sponsor children in Africa and Asia through charitable organisations. As long as I have hands to help and feet to take me to where I need to go, I will assist anyone in need. I also enjoy going out with the missionaries to teach people investigating the Church so that they too can experience the joy and happiness which I do by having the Gospel in my life. Everyone deserves to hear this message and learn about the meaning and purpose of life.