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Hi I'm Marshall Richins

I grew up all around the United States and am serving a mission in Nashville. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived all over the United states growing up. I'm a software programmer and ethical hacker. I love to talk to people about random things as well as do random things. Hiking, skiing, playing soccer, and solving mysteries with my dog are my favorite hobbies. I used to go to Utah State University but I'm currently serving as a missonary in the Tennessee Nashville Mission!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised Mormon by my parents, however sophomore year of High School I actually fell completely away from the church. At the time I found it to be pointless, a waste of time and a waste of my opportunities . However by the beginning of senior year I had realized how much my life had been negatively affected by my choice of opposition and I then decided it was time to just try going back to church and living by the gospel and the standards of the church. I. Was. Astounded. The positive difference in my quality of life was immediately apparent. I then realized I should go out and try my best to help give other people who may be struggling have the option to fix their lives for the better, and thus I went on a Mission.

How I live my faith

I help those who I can, whenever I can. I am a missionary at the moment so I live my faith by helping others find faith through exercising mine. I have seen my own life changed so much through the gospel of Christ that I live each day seeking out how to help others find and make this change as well. I follow Christ's example to the best of my ability and find joy from doing such.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Marshall Richins
One definition listed for ‘cult’ in Webster’s Dictionary is “a religion regarded as unorthodox.” Since the roots of Mormonism are not a break off from the Catholic or Protestant churches, it is seen by some as “unorthodox.” For example, the LDS definition of the Godhead differs from the Nicene Creed accepted by most Catholic or Protestant churches. The “cult” label is usually applied by Church opponents attempting to criticize or discredit the Church. However, sometimes it’s simply a matter of characterization that has grown up over time by the lack of understanding. Such misunderstandings often vanish when people begin to realize the commonality of what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really teaches and believes. That Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that He is the Savior and Redeemer of the world whom we love and worship. When people begin to see and recognize these things about Mormons, then their opinion of the Church usually changes, and old beliefs are replaced with new understanding. I used to think the Mormon church was a brainwashed cult. Once I researched it myself, looking for true facts I discovered otherwise. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Marshall Richins
Being a Mormon is the second best thing in the universe (first being sitting on Santa's lap). I find through my faith a sense of eternal happiness. Being Mormon also helps me look forward to life through the knowledge I have in God's plan not only for me but for my family as well. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Marshall Richins
Only every other Wednesday. No we don't. We worship God the eternal father and his son Jesus Christ. We do however respect and revere him as a prophet of God and his instrumental act in restoring God's full church to the earth. Show more Show less