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Hi I'm Arnold Eph McMurtrey

I'm a mormon. I descended from mormon pioneers but didn't get active in the church until later in life.

About Me

I spent 20 years in the United States Navy. After i retired from the Navy I went to college, obtained my bachelors degree, and was licensed as a Social Worker in Idaho. I worked for a non profit organization, providing drug/alcohol treatment services. I married a non-mormon and did not participate in any church. When my wife became ill I stopped working to care for her until her death in 2002. After her death I tried to get involved in church but wasn't very successful until I met my present wife in 2007. Since she was LDS I decided to give church one more try and we married in 2008.

Why I am a Mormon

Although my parents and grandparents were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, there wasn’t a lot of church in my life as a child. My father, his parents, and my mother’s father and siblings were not much for going to church. My mother made sure I was baptized and received the Holy Ghost. I attended church until about age 14 when I fell in with a wrong crowd. Throughout my life I have encountered some very learned people who have tried to convince me that the LDS Church is wrong but I knew the Church is true because of the small still voice of the Holy Ghost. Over the years I made several attempts to return to church but was unsuccessful. When my methodist wife died in 2002 I tried again to return to church but failed because of my smoking. I gave up on myself, but my home teacher and my neighbor kept urging me to come to church. Then, in 2007 I met my present wife and, since she was LDS, I decided to try church one more time. This time was successful! I stopped smoking, became active in the church, and my wife and I were sealed in the temple. This achieved some lifelong goals and I finally felt at peace.

How I live my faith

My current wife and I married in March 2008 were sealed a year later. After we completed our temple work we applied for a full time mission and were called to serve at the New Mexico Farmington Mission in December 2010. We completed that mission and a few weeks after we returned home we were called to a part time service mission in the ARP program. We completed that mission, moved to another ward, and were called to a part time mission in the LDS Institute program. We are just completing that mission and have received our call to another full time mission, again at the New Mexico Farmington mission.