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Hi I'm Martin

I'm addicted to saving energy and recycling trash. I moved my family into a half-finished solar home, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In my lifetime so far, I have recycled at least 500 pounds of aluminum cans, composted at least 5,000 pounds of vegetable scraps and grass clippings, recycled 2,000 pounds of paper and plastics, plus uncounted numbers of glass jars and tin cans. The passive solar house took me six years to complete. In our sunny climate, it worked amazingly well in all seasons. For back-up heat, we had an efficient wood stove. This home had no furnace at all, so there were no air ducts to conduct sound. It was my family's favorite home, but it was too big once the children went out on their own. Now another family is saving energy in the home I built, while I continue saving energy by living in a patio home. Even at work, I made sure that paper and aluminum are recycled. I've spent 40 years working on communications satellites.

Why I am a Mormon

With all my heart, I believe this church represents the kingdom of God on the earth today. I love how I can work together with my fellow church members to make the world a better place -- for example, through blood drives, helping out after tornadoes, and sharing with others how to be better prepared for emergencies.

How I live my faith

Because of my computer expertise, I usually help out keeping records in my local congregation. But I have to say that I've gotten a lot of satisfaction out of visiting the homes of church members -- helping them with their home projects, giving advice about raising teenagers and dealing with life challenges, such as finding the next job. I have loved arranging campouts and cross-country skiing with the teenagers.