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Hi I'm Marc

I love Jesus Christ, my wife, and my family. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Ever since I was young, I've always loved learning. Throughout my entire childhood my mother took me and my three siblings to the public library every month and let us check out books about whatever caught our interest. I surprised my mom by picking out science textbooks instead of children books. I was most interested in learning about things that I saw in the world - animals, stars, plants, bugs, etc. As I grew up, I became involved with the boy scouts of america program and was able to earn my eagle when I was 15 years old. Then, when I turned 19, I made the decision to serve a full-time LDS mission and I was called to serve in McAllen, Texas. There I learned so much about the Lord, families, and the Spanish language. When I returned home, I had to decide what I would do with my life. What kind of life did I want to live? What career did I want? Of course I found myself drawn to the sciences, but I also wanted to do something that would allow me to help others. After a great deal of thought and prayer, I decided to go into dentistry. While I was going to school, I was blessed to run into the girl of my dreams. We started dating, fell in love, and then got married in the Idaho Falls temple. My wife Alexis continues to be my best friend and a great blessing in my life as I continue in schooling to be a dentist. I am excited for the future. We're excited to be parents and to live out our very own 'happily ever after'.

Why I am a Mormon

Its funny, but I've actually never been asked why I'm a Mormon. Of course, for me it wasn't a difficult decision as my family raised me up in the church. However, don't let that put you under the impression that I belong to the LDS church only because they are members. I am a member of the church because its true. Joseph Smith is a prophet. The Book of Mormon is the word of God. Families are eternal. I've always wanted to know that truth about everything. This desire surfaced as a strong desire to learn science. True science is a search for the truth. This desire to know what's true has driven me to work hard to develop a relationship with the Savior. Really, when deciding on a church that you should attend, there are only two questions that you need to know the answers to: 1. Does this church teach that Jesus Christ is the Savior and teach me how to follow His teachings? Many churches teach about the Savior, but you'll find that a considerably lower number teach about the importance of following his commandments. Like Christ himself said, "if ye love me, keep my commandments." John 3:16. It is impossible for an individual to enter into God's kingdom without becoming like His Son. 2. Does this church have the authority to baptize, pass the sacrament, and give the gift of the Holy Ghost? This is an enormously important question to ask. The authority to baptize and perform other sacred ordinances is called the priesthood. It must be given to a worthy recipient through the laying on of hands. The priesthood authority to baptize, bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost, and to seal families together forever was given to the prophet Joseph Smith by Peter, James and John in 1830. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only church that has this authority today. There is no other way to receive the ordinances save through this church. I know that this is God's true and only living church on the earth in our days.

How I live my faith

I was very blessed to be born into a family of the LDS faith. Growing up, my siblings and I learned that following Jesus Christ, serving others, and making good decisions were not only commandments, but expectations. My parents did a wonderful job instilling in each of us a great love for God, for His holy scriptures, and a firm desire to follow the prophet. After I was baptized and received the Aaronic priesthood, I began to help collect fast offerings for the poor and needy, passed the sacrament, and started learning how to live a life of service. When I was 14, my father and I were called to be home teachers. We enjoyed visiting various families in our ward and sharing the gospel. It was during this time that I found that I had a deep love for teaching - especially about the gospel. These responsibilities would prepare me well for the future. As I grew older, I was able to take on more and more responsibilities. I found that service in the church was a great blessing in my life. When I turned 19, I served as a full-time missionary. This gave me an opportunity to teach the gospel to everyone that I met. I also was provided with many opportunities to serve communities. During my mission, we were hit by the hurricane Dolly. Many homes were severely damaged and the people had no power for over a week. During this time we were able to help cut up fallen trees, help the poor obtain food, and help those without power find refuge. I've found, however, that it doesn't take a church calling - or even a hurricane - to find ways to show Christlike love towards others. Its all about the way that you wake up each morning. When you get out of bed, you have to make the decision to be open to serving and loving others. Sometimes its hard to make that decision, but its always worth it in the end. Service is the way to live your faith in Christ. It hardly matters what you know unless you take the time to use it to bless the lives of others.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Marc
There is no greater way to express happiness than to express it. As a missionary, I had the chance to take the teachings of the Savior and help others learn how they could be happier in their lives. Following Christ brings feelings of joy and inclusion. I have a very happy life and I knew that I could help others to be happier so I knew that I had to go. I believe that other missionaries serve for similar reasons. And, in bringing happiness to others, I've always found that myself happier. Also, missionaries preach the gospel to everyone so that all people can receive the ordinances of the gospel. Christ said that, "...Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." St John 3:5. Joseph Smith, the first prophet since the times of Christ and His apostles, received the priesthood authority by the laying on of hands from the apostles Peter, James and John. They came as resurrected angels to restore the priesthood authority that had been lost when Christ and His original twelve apostles were killed. With the priesthood authority also comes the responsibility to baptize all nations. Missionaries proselyte to bring the blessings of the gospel to all people in all parts of the world. We will continue to work hard to bring the world to Christ until He says that "the work is done". Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Marc
God speaks to His children in many ways. Everything that comes of God encourages us to follow the commandments, love our families, and serve others. 'testimony' is a word that describes the knowledge that something you've learned, believe in, or are doing is of God and will bring you happiness. For me, I know that God is pleased with me when I feel a warm, pleasant sensation in my chest. It feels like the sun is shining on me - even if my surroundings are dark and cold. When I felt this feeling repeatedly after reading the Book of Mormon, I knew that the book came from God and would bring us closer to Him and His Son. Show more Show less