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Hi I'm Martin

I live is a small town in Idaho. I am a Mormon. Family relationships are the greatest blessing in my life.

About Me

I was raised as the middle child of seven in a family where my father sustained our family by working at the local sawmill and also in finding odd jobs for the family to do, ie. cleaning the fair grounds after horse races, picking fruit, etc. As an adult, I thanked my dad for teaching us to work and enjoy work, no matter what it was. He responded by saying: "We were just surviving." I thought he had a plan. I love my dad, but I decided that there are way to many distractions and vices in the current world and i did not want to risk not giving my children every opportunity to succeed. I decided that I would be a dad that would have an end objective for my children and raise them toward this objective. Thus, family time, family work, and teaching was the motivating goal in our home. A home where there was love and respect. A home free from contention. One where we would live as God instructed in the scriptures. Thus, daily scripture reading was a basis in our home. It is wonderful to have our adult children as our best friends and to see that what were sought to give our children is now being carried to our grandchildren. Even though we took our children hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, white water rafting and any other activity, including service to others that would build family unity. It was not about the activity, it was to spend time together building present relationships and future lives, filled with a foundation to build on.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a child, my father became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter Day Saints. My mother was a member of the church but had not been actively involved. My parents saw the need for help in raising their children and wanted to raise there children in a gospel centered home. As a result, I was baptized at age 8. Over the years my testimony of Jesus Christ has been strengthened. The joy and happiness of learning Jesus Christ and seeking to follow Him, has a positive effect on every decision I make and has set me on a coarse of feeling that my life is God directed. The fruits of the gospel and of gospel living are visible for me. When I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior and Redeemer, it meant that I would change and seek to be Christ like. Even though I fall short at times, I am reassured when I try again. I love the Lord. I trust in Him. Obedience to God's laws bring peace and happiness. The reason I am a Mormon is because these teachings give me a firm footing to base my choices and decisions on. We live in interesting times and it seems that more and more we are faced with circumstances that we cannot ignore. Having the scriptures and living Prophets and Apostles are a great blessing and a guide for me and my family. I guess I feel a protection for myself and my family as we seek to obey God's word. As I pray, I feel like I am connecting with a loving Heavenly Father who is aware of us. These things give me hope and courage.

How I live my faith

Service to others will bring one out of despair. Selfless service is taught to us by Jesus Christ and His example has taught me to not be selfish, on the take and ask what is in it for me. In contrast, I have found great joy in seeking to be selfless. It has been my privilegdge to be involved in community activities over the years, such as Scouting for Food drives, to be involved in a community fo