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Hi I'm Marty Blair

I'm from California. I work with people with disabilities. I run, hike and sing. I'm a dad, a husband and grandpa.

About Me

A few months after graduating from high school I experienced a series of events that drove me to serious self-reflection. I decided then to put my life in line with God's commandments. That was the best decision of my life. I've stuck with that decision and all these years later I'm happily married, a proud dad of four spirited kids and a grandfather. My career focuses on helping people with disabilities enjoy a satisfying and productive life. I've been a teacher, a mentor and helped others move along in their careers. I'm happiest when I focus on helping others succeed. Helping others makes life all the sweeter. I enjoy reading interesting books and I sing with the Missoula Symphony Chorale. In recent years, I performed in a couple of regional musical theater productions. I'm most at peace when I am outside running and exploring the beautiful earth we live in. I spent nearly 20 years in college, working full time to support my family, pursuing degrees that led to a PhD. I now work at the University of Montana directing a research, training and service organization that helps people with disabilities and their families who live in rural areas of the U.S.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ as revealed in the Bible, the Book of Mormon and the teachings of modern-day prophets. As members of the Church, we believe all that God has revealed and that He will yet reveal many great and important things through His prophet. That has been God's pattern from the beginning of time. He continues that pattern today. I appreciate the Church's expectation that I will listen to God's prophet, and as importantly, that I will seek answers for myself. Through study, prayer, pondering--and pondering some more, I've come to gain a strong witness that Joseph Smith was ordained of God to restore His ordinances and priesthood to earth for the benefit of all mankind. The Book of Mormon states, "by the power of the Holy Ghost ye [you] may know the truth of all things." The still, small "voice" of the Holy Ghost teaches truth to my heart, mind and soul. This has been my experience for over 30 years. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. The Church is God's authorized organization on the earth. Jesus is the Christ, the Redeemer and the Savior of ALL mankind. I've felt these things deeply and consistently for a very long time. These feelings have formed a foundation of faith and developed a pattern of practice in my life that bring happiness, peace of mind, self-confidence and lasting joy to me. I'm a better husband and father, and a better man because I choose to let the gospel of Jesus Christ guide me everyday of my life. I'm a Mormon because the deepest beliefs and daily actions of a "Mormon" are consistent with what God desires of all his children. The Church is all that it claims itself to be.

How I live my faith

Simply stated, I try everyday to be kind, charitable and forgiving. I serve as a volunteer bishop (pastor) of a young single adult congregation for young people ages 18-30 years old in western Montana. We focus on living our religion. That is, we focus on living the principles that Jesus Christ taught. At the conclusion of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus admonished listeners to both hear and do his sayings. We concentrate on the "DO" part. As a husband, father and bishop I strive to be an example of the believers by doing as Christ did. I spend 10-15 hours each week, in addition to my full time job, teaching, counseling with and serving alongside the young people in our congregation. It is a great way to live!