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Hi I'm Marcus Charles Byron Pelham

I'm a student, a wannabe musician, and a Virginian at heart. And, of course, I'm a Mormon

About Me

I'm a twenty-two year old guy who loves music and spending my time with my beautiful girlfriend. I'm also the eldest of three children and have been brought up in a loving and caring home by my parents. Between July 2012 and July 2014, I lived in Virginia as a full-time missionary for the church. Those two years were some of the most defining in my life and helped me learn a little better how God works. Not a day goes by where I don't think of what my mission means to me. Since moving back to England, I've been studying for my degree in English Language and Literature. Although it's been challenging at times, I've learned a lot and enjoyed stretching myself. My long-term plan is to become a high school teacher. Something I enjoy doing is writing music - I'm a vocalist and guitarist and love to perform for people. In fact, one of my songs was used in the soundtrack to a multi-award winning film in 2012! I've also continued to volunteer in my local congregation since moving back to England. One of my roles was supporting people who wanted to learn more about the church and teaching on Sundays. I currently oversee a group of men (this is called a quorum) who live in the local area. We aim to help each other be a little better and serve in the community. One of the greatest blessings in my life is my better half Stephanie. She is my best friend and always helps me improve (:

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was brought up into the Church, I had to recieve an answer just like everybody else. The first time I really sought for guidance as to whether God was real was when I was eight... I'd been told my whole life but, due to family problems, I felt that God couldn't be real if things were so hard! I mean, why couldn't God just make all bad things stop right? And so I prayed. Even as an eight year old, I decided to apply my faith and act in order to know Jesus Christ. And I'm glad I did because, since that prayer, I have always known that He lives. The rest of my testimony came along the way, bit by bit, as I applied that same pattern to my other questions: was Joseph Smith a prophet of God? Is the Book of Mormon the word of God? Can I be with my family forever? Does Jesus love me? I have worked hard to get to this point but I truly know that this is God's church. We are His children and, in the same way our fathers love us, so does He. He loved us so much that he sent His son, Jesus Christ, to atone for our sins and overcome death so that we can return to Him. This life is a time in which we get to grow and we do that through trials (that's why I had to struggle, even as an eight year old). I testify that Jesus Christ lives and that He guides this church. If you follow the pattern of questioning and then prayer, you can come to know these things for yourself. It will change your life beyond comprehension.

How I live my faith

Faith is a very personal thing that is different for each person. Our experiences in life shape our ideals, our beliefs, and - most importantly - our actions. True faith should shape the way in which we live our lives. My faith is founded upon the hope that, although I make mistakes, I can try again and be better through Jesus Christ. So, I live my faith by not giving up, even when I get discouraged, and striving to live in accordance with the teachings of Christ. Another key aspect of my faith is that God is our loving Father and that He is individually interested in each of us. Because He cares about all His children, it is important that I help those that I meet in whatever way I can. This principle of serving others has been the most effective way for me to feel close to God. Faith is a dynamic thing and is constantly changing. It is important to continue to develop your beliefs; sincere prayer, scripture study, and attending church and the temple are ways that have helped me do this.