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Hi I'm Marc

I was born and raised in the small lobster fishing community of Richibucto, located in eastern New Brunswick, Canada.

About Me

I was born and raised in the Richibucto lobster fishing bilingual village of about 1300. We also mingle with two Micmac reservations on each side. My father was known as a very 'smart' boat builder and jack-of-all-trades without formal education. After the boat building venture he worked in all kinds of odd jobs and became well known for his fine workmanship. I remember vividly his golden tooth smile as he came home at night riding his bicycle with his tool box across his shoulders. My mother was a former nun, part time drama actor in Montreal, teacher and a stay-at-home mom. I am the second of three children. I love kayaking, parachute jumping, solar power, food storage, production and self sufficiency, My preferred music is soft jazz, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, light rock and symphonies. My favourite books are the Book of Mormon, Not Withstanding My Weakness, Pearl of Great Price, The Miracle of Forgiveness. In 1982, I married the sweetest Canadian telephone operator in the beautiful Washington DC Temple. I and the queen of my life are the parents of four children and eleven grand children. All my children have left the nest, married and have children of their own. My sons have all served full time missions. My only daughter is thinking about serving one someday with her husband. My sweetheart and I have served in many capacities within our church ward and stake. We have recently served a couples mission in France and are presently actively engaged in our home ward.

Why I am a Mormon

I had decided as a young man that I would find a purpose in life that would help me fulfil adulthood as a responsible citizen in my community. My university studies were done, my career was being established, my independence was at hand, had my own place and transportation, now living in the city. My experiences as an alter boy as a youth played an important role and foundation to what I would later embrace as the most powerful and meaningful step in life, which was to become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. However before that happened, I must say that the tugs of this world were no different for me than for any one trying to focus on the eternal values of our most basic questions of "Why are we here?", "What is the purpose of our being here?", and "Where do we go after this life?" Fighting with my vulnerability to join the world on one side, to try do do what was right on the other, led me to search for answers. Therefore my determination to find a greater peace that the world had to offer took off by my numerous visits to different churches and lifestyles. What a wonderful experience. New friendships were created and new religious beliefs considered that I didn't know existed. I could easily accept that the members of all those different congregations were not perfect but they had a common belief in God. I had almost resigned to the fact that my new life had to have one of these many churches and therefore the selection process had begun in my mind. I would choose one, marry a fine young woman and have a fulfilling spiritual life to go along with my new independent life. However I quickly noticed that within the leadership circles, harsh criticism toward other churches were also part of discussion. In order not to extend this uneasy feeling, Soon after, I had before me this truly magnificent church to consider, which is divinely prepared for the last days. I would be delighted to answer any concerns or questions you might have.

How I live my faith

After nearly thirty seven years as members the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, we have come to love our fellow members we call Brothers and Sisters. We recognize them not only as the best friends we could possibly imagine, but also for their personal transformation in life as they strive to follow the footsteps of our Saviour Jesus Christ's example. We have come to know and respect the church as His. We look at our Brothers and Sisters as literally our family members. We look after one another. We visit one another to look after our spiritual and temporal welfare. We care for our aged and widowed people. We understand what our the youth are having to deal with as moral decay has become the norm of acceptance in an ever changing world. All of our children have been enrolled in the Primary classes according to age group. They have also accepted responsibilities in service to others while growing up in the church, which helped develop within them a sense of caring and selflessness. From the earliest age to the elderly of the church, there are always opportunities for service. The fulfilment, joy and self-worth from rendering the slightest service to another person scores high among our members. Any leadership position, whether one of many teachers, group leader, or even the bishop of our ward, are voluntary. Therefore we do not expect to be paid for the work we do. At certain time frames within our Sunday worship meetings, the adult brothers and sisters separate into their own quorums or societies. There they learn more about their duties to become better husbands and fathers, or better wives and mothers. They also learn more about their service to God and their responsibilities towards all people in their communities.