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Hi I'm Martin

I was raised on a farm in Montana, USA. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I joined the Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints (Mormon) at College. I served six years in the military and then married in the Salt Lake City Temple. I went back into the active military and completed 20 years active duty. My wife and I had 7 children. After retiring from the military I went back to college and then worked in various jobs.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 2 years old mother had the missionary discussion but was not interested in the Church. When I was 14 years old I started asking different Ministers "How can a kind, just loving Heavenly Father condem some of his children because He has placed them where they will never have a chance to hear and obey His word?" I was thinking about the American Indians because my sister's father was I believe of the Cherokee tribe. I had beliefs about God that did not match what the different churchs taught. Then I met a young woman that was a member and through her I met the missionaries and the things I believed were the among the thing they taught and they taught me more that I came to believe. Including that Jesus Christ visited the ancesters of the American Indians and that the Book Of Mormon is their history the same as the Bible is the Jews history.

How I live my faith

Over the years I have held numerous calling home teacher, Branch/Ward Clerk, counsilor in Sunday School Presidency, Nursery Leader, assistant Scout Leader, Group Leader in the military while deployed. Temple worker in 3 temples (the last one was 240 miles or 393 kilometers from my home).

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

By analogy would we honor a contract that was written in or name, if the person that wrote it didn't have our power-of-attorny? If not why would God honor a covenant that was not done by authority of His Priestood? Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Tithing is an old law, old even at the time of Abraham when he gave tithes to Melchizedek king of Salem. It is in part a reccognition that everything is God's. When we live the law we are, as Malachi wrote, blessed. December 2004 I was out of work and we didn't know how we would get through the month. January still no work and I got a phone call asking me to travel 700 Miles (1143 kilometers) to a job interview. I got back home and shortly was offered the job to start in Febuary. We had paid tithing. In the next seven years I was laid off twice and was still able to pay off our home ten years ahead of schedual. I believe that this was a blessing because we ALWAYS paid a true tithe. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

I have heard an actual voice, when no one was near, telling me, "You have to wait until you can talk face to face." I had just talked with my future wife and she had basicly told me to "get lost and stay lost." I turned down a bonus of two years pay and advanced schooling from the Military to be able to go home to talk with her. One month after I left the service we were engaged. I also marvel at the physical world and how it works from a science perspective. March 1995 I heard Henry B. Eyring bear his testimony of Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost bore witness that he, Elder Eyring, did know the things he bore witness to. The next week Elder Eyring was called to the Quarm of Twelve Apostles. These are just three of tens if not hundreds of reasons that I know there is a God. Show more Show less