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Hi I'm Martin, or Marvin (to most)

I'm a sport lover, back packing travelling enthusiast, prospective doctor. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I grew up in a country village in Yorkshire (Those familiar with Yorkshire will know that they're lots of these) where nothing ever happens (The standard procedure for a Yorkshire Village, we only ever play cricket here) I'm a sport lover as mentioned previously, I love; Football (Both Soccer and American), Cricket, Ice Hockey, Hockey, Squash, Badminton, Tennis, Golf, Horse Riding, Fencing, Swimming, Running, Cycling, Rugby... to name just a few. I love reading, I love being able to escape to a fantasy world where I can become...'The Chosen One'... at least until Dinner time. I've travelled around Africa and undertaken Medical voluntary work while out there (Which contrary to popular belief is nothing like a holiday... at times we did 28 hour shifts while being eaten by mosquito's) One day, I hope to be a Doctor or a Physiotherapist, but who knows what the future will bring, maybe I will end up some thing different. I am heart and soul for the Church and currently I'm serving as a Missionary in the South Africa - Durban Mission (Best Mission in the world... but don't tell the Cape Townian Missionaries that!). I love the Church... and wearing suits... and hair products.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Atheist, thinking with all the horrors of the world there couldn't truly be a good. I grew up being good friends to a couple of these 'Mormons' that lived near me and went to school with me. When I got to about the age of 11/12 I started to play football with local Ward, through this activity I met many members, I became close friends with them and started to look up to them. I loved to hang around with them, although I was never interested in the Church side of these people, I liked them non the less. Then as I grew older I starting to become more Agnostic, I started a search for God. I believed that there must be some thing out there, some where. Then one day while attending a Leaving Farewell for a close friend of mine who was leaving on a mission I was privileged to listen to a talk from a very strong speaker who urged all non members to pick up the Book of Mormon, read it, and it would change our lives. Some thing from that talk hit me, I was moved to speak to the Missionaries and ask for a copy and asked them if they would teach me. I went through the lessons and the Book of Mormon quickly. I just knew that it was true. It truly was God's word. From that moment I knew there was a God, and that Christ lives and that he died for us. My Testimony was finally confirmed when travelling Africa, when you see the beauty of the world, the beauty of the people and there smiles, I just thought to my self that there obviously was a God. "Change the way you see the World and the World you see will change" God exists all around us, he exists in every colour, every tree, blade of grass, animal, in every person and there smile. I'm a Mormon as the Church, is so very true. This is Christ's restored Church and I know that it is true. Any man can gain a greater understanding and closeness to God through the Book of Mormon than any other book on this earth. I promise every one that. It will bless your lives, in the same way that it has blessed mine, it really will.

How I live my faith

"No one cares how much you know until the know how much you care" - Theodore Roosevelt "If we're not at peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other" - Mother Teresa "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." - King Benjamin Some times faith is just about being a Christian and showing the same qualities that Christ had. Some times it's not about who's right and why they're wrong. Some times it's about pure love for your fellow people. We all belong to one another. I love the people of this world, there smiles, laughs and cultural norms. I'm undertaken medical voluntary work and worked alongside adults with learning disabilities and I know that through service we all draw closer to God. We feel the Spirit every time we help one another and you achieve the feeling where you know that God does exists, you just need to be the example that people need. At Church I served as Young Men's leader working with the Youth of my Ward. It was fantastic... and at times a night mare (As all children are). I had to plan and undertake events for the Young Men such as football or bowling and I had to teach them lessons on a Sunday. Now I work as a Missionary, spreading the greatest message in the World to the people of Africa; the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Study the scriptures, learn from the scriptures, love the scriptures. Try not to just keep the Commandants but to love the commandants, learn why we have them and why we need them. Tithing, Law of Chastity and many other of God's commandants are here for our blessing. All this combined will absolute love for Christ and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) I try my up most to follow all the commandments of my God, and I turn to Christ when I fall short, I am not perfect but Christ helps me on that path. It is by his Grace and love that we're strong, steadfast and blessed.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Martin, or Marvin (to most)
In life, we have free Agency, this means we can choose freely what to do. In every walk of life, we can do what we like, and therefore Mormons are not required to serve a Mission, they can choose to serve one. In the same way that we don't have to attend Church, or we don't have to play football. no one forces us to do any thing, we chose, No one is forced to do any thing in life. How ever most Mormons do serve missions because a serving one is one of the greatest thing a person can do. It blesses there lives and the lives of those around them. It brings you closer to God and our Saviour, Jesus Christ. It allows us to serve the people for the world and to help them. Often, and I can testify to this, a missionary can be the difference between the light and the darkness. They were for me. Most Mormons choose to serve missions to be able to be that difference for people. "You must be the change you wish to see in the World" - Ghandi. To make this world a better place, we must be the ones to do that. Show more Show less