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Hi I'm Marcus

I live in a beautiful town in the state of Washington. I'm a farmer, an intellectual, an athlete, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a large family of nine children, and I am number six in that mix-up. We are farmers by birth; one of my favorite things to do in high school was get up at 5:15 in the morning to milk the cow before the day began. We learned at a young age how to work, and I owe much of my success in school to that fact. But it's not all work and no play; at my home we love to have fun. We often play games or sports and watch movies. Listening to a typical conversation in my home, a trained ear may notice that about half of the things we say are direct quotes from movies, strung together to fit in a conversation! My high school was very small, and because of that I was able to be involved in lots of activities. I played football, basketball, and ran track. I was in the Drama Club, the Knowledge bowl team, FFA, Honors Society, Band, Choir, and I was the ASB President. For fun I like to go hiking, swimming, play sports-- I just like to do things; idleness is not my way. I have a passion for learning and teaching the things that I learn to other people. I am currently serving as a full time missionary in the islands of Tahiti. I will be serving for two years. I love being a missionary because it gives me the opportunity to do what I love- to learn and to teach and serve others. After my mission I will be attending Brigham Young University. I love life, and try to live it to the fullest. I stick to the words my mom once told me: "Life is a musical, you just have to sing more!"

Why I am a Mormon

I love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have been a member of the church my entire life, but it wasn't until I was a youth that I truly started believing, and loving, this gospel. The big change happened when my family moved to a new town. I was in the 8th grade, a time when young people start becoming the person they will be for the rest of their lives. I started to learn who I was, and who I wanted to be. I think the biggest change for me was learning how to be happy. I have always struggled with stress, anxiety, and discouragement. I put so much pressure on myself that I struggled to be happy from day to day. So I searched for a way to make it better. I began to reflect on each day through journal writing, and I discovered that the two things that bring me the most happiness in this life are my family and being a member of the church. Family is the central focus of my faith. We believe that families can be together for all eternity. Isn't that amazing? What a blessing. As I learned more and more about my faith, I grew happier and happier. The message of the LDS church- the message of salvation through faith on Christ the Lord- truly is a glad message to share. This happiness that I feel now-- I want to share it with others. I know that we are all God's children. It is easy for us to feel like a tiny, unimportant speck in the world, but we are each of us worth so much to our Heavenly Father. He loves us so much that He was willing to send His son, Jesus Christ, into the world to suffer and die for us. I have faith that Christ suffered for my sins, my trials, my pains and my sorrows. He endured everything, so that I can overcome my own difficulties if I just rely on Him. I know this is true for everyone. Christ suffered for all of us, that we may not suffer if we turn to him. My strength, my happiness in life, is in my family, my faith, and my Savior. I rely on those things, because they will always be there when all else fails.

How I live my faith

I am very involved in my church and community. As a youth, I was a leader in our youth activities and service program at church. I helped organize and carry out activities that ranged from community service projects to dances to playing capture the flag around the church building. I have made many friends through these activities, both among members of my church and those of other faiths. Every activity we have with our youth is a blend of individuals and faiths; it is amazing to see good people coming together to serve and have fun. I love working with youth, and I hope I will be able to continue doing that in my future career and church calling. I am part of a community that is based on service. It is amazing to see the way everyone in our small community will rally together to help people in need. I have been blessed to be on both sides of this circle of service. My family has been served in many times of need, and now we do our best to give back to the community that has blessed us so much. I believe that service is an essential part of a well functioning society, and something we should all try to do our part in. I am currently serving a full time mission in the isles of French Polynesia. I have been serving for almost 18 months now, and in that time I have witnessed the way that God prepares us to be instruments in his hands to accomplish his grand designs. Everything that I learned and did before my mission- from school to church to home- has helped me better serve the people of French Polynesia. I love them so much. I am doing my best to give my heart to God- it is the only thing I can give him that he does not already have.