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Hi I'm Martyn

Born and bred in the south and now live in the north. I'm a husband, a father and gamer at heart. Yes, I'm a Mormon

About Me

I've always been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and this has been the backbone to how I live my life and raise my children. I have an amazing wife and 2 awesome boys with another baby on the way and I've worked in a few jobs including emergency services, tech journalism and now facilities management. I love film & television, gadgets, new phones and playing video games in any order and have mostly balanced this pretty well between time in front of the screen and time with my wife and children - though my lovely wife may say a little different. I served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the South Africa, Johannesburg Mission for 2 years, where I had the fantastic opportunity to meet with a huge array of different people from varied cultural backgrounds. That experience alone has only, further grounded my belief as a Christian, as a deciple of Christ and as a child of God.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that growing up in the church is far different from living one life then converting to another, however, I know that the conversion process can be very similar regardless of that. In all honesty, when I was much younger, I did as I was told - I went to church, I attended sacrament meeting, took part in Sunday school and went home. However, it's because I was taught correct principles and lived by them that one day, by the time I was old enough, I knew that I wanted to serve as a missionary and follow the council that was given to me. I still needed to pray to know if Jesus Christ lives, to know if The Book of Mormon is true and to know that we have a living prophet on the earth. So I did just that and I've never looked back but conversion isn't a switch that you can turn off then on again, rather, it takes fortitude, stamina, resilience and a great deal of faith to stay on track, heading in the right direction. In every aspect of my life, my religion has helped me find peace where there wasn't, happiness where there wasn't and a sense of belonging that doesn't come from anywhere else. I'm pretty happy most of the time apart from those mornings when I've been up at 2, 3, 4 or 5am with a baby that won't sleep but then I wouldn't change that for anything in the world. When I worked in the ambulance service, very often I found myself trying to help someone in a life or death situation. At times, an individual may have even just passed away. Being a 'Mormon' has helped me to stay calm amidst the storm and I have often had thoughts come into my head or words come out of my mouth, when afterwards, I think to myself - How on earth did I just do that?!?. Then I thank my Heavenly Father and take the next call.

How I live my faith

I live my life knowing that good comes from whatever trial I have or will ever have to endure. I live my life knowing that everyone I meet, I meet for a reason, and that everything that happens, be it through my own actions or those things outside of my control, do so for a reason. Above all, I live my life knowing my family are sealed to me, not just in this life but for eternity. When asked the question, "How do I live my faith?" The first thing that comes to mind are the teachings found in the scriptures, that we treat others as we would want to be treated ourselves. How easy it is to love those that love you but how easy is it to love those that despise you or ridicule you? The words of the Saviour when he was on the cross were "forgive them, for they know not what they do". It was his sacrifice and how he lived his life upto that pivotal point in history, that drives me to live my faith as my Savior lived his. I've had some great opportunities to serve during my membership in the Church. My current duties include seeking out and helping those 'lost sheep' who are struggling in their faith and as give support to the Bishop where needed in helping and providing for the needs of the ward be it temporal or spiritual. From these opportunities I've had to serve, I've gained a testimony of the love that Heavenly Father has for all of His children, a testimony of the plan that God has for me and a testimony that Jesus Christ lives.