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Hi I'm Marcus

I'm a professional musician! I love making friends, and I enjoy using my talents and hobbies to serve others. I love being Mormon.

About Me

My bachelor's and master's degrees are both in music, but I also consider creative writing to be a strong hobby. I'm the middle child of 5 boys. I love and cherish my family. I also greatly cherish the value of friendship - especially the type that pushes the people on either side of that friendship to be better people because of each other. I hope that one day, I will find an eternal companion who exemplifies everything I love about both the bond of family and the value of friendship, and that I can be that same example for her. I believe in the perfect love of God and His Son - Jesus Christ - and how that relates to our eternal salvation. I can never imagine the capacity and intensity of their love for us, but I hope everyday for my love for others to become closer to that perfect love than it was the day before. I am a proponent of "paying it forward," and I love spending time with people and helping them smile, especially during tough times. I believe that laughter is the second-best medicine, second only to following the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a modern-day pioneer: a Mormon convert raised in a devout Christian-Baptist family. If I were to describe my journey into the church, it would sound like a fictional fairy tale, Jesus playing the part of "Prince Charming," of course. I tried my hardest in college to uphold the moral standards I had been so well raised with. I found it to be extremely difficult to find others who shared the same standards and truly strove to live them, but I actively prayed to become the best Christian I could be and to become closer to God. Over the years, the Holy Ghost would point out certain people amidst the crowd on any given day and testify to me that the person I saw was actively striving to live a Christian life, upholding the same beliefs and morals I struggled so hard to keep. None of them, however, were members of the church where I grew up. If I did some digging, I would discover that the person ALWAYS happened to be a Mormon. One spring, I competed in the graduate school division of a national music competition where I would witness another competitor - in the high school division - who the spirit would again testify was an upstanding Christian believer. I had no Earthly evidence to base this feeling on since all she did was perform a piece of music, so the feeling left me in a bit of a shock. I wanted to meet her, but my general awkward superpowers discouraged me from taking the step. The very next semester, I would find the same person beginning music school at the same college as me, and even performing in the exact same ensemble as me. What a crazy "coincidence"! When I met her and eventually worked up the courage to ask about her church, the answer she shared filled me with a happiness and awe-inspiring sense of enlightenment that I had never experienced before in my entire life. My knowledge of - and love for - the gospel has grown steadily ever since then, and it's had such a powerful impact on my life that I'm working to write an autobiography about it!

How I live my faith

I try my best to live by example, like many Mormons I have met in my life. I strive to study scriptures daily, listen to talks, and write about my experiences in the church, especially since I'm a recent convert. I also take as many opportunities to serve the missionaries any way that I can since they serve us so well. I also try to serve the community with my talents when I get the chance. There are few things more rewarding to me than being able to use my talents and hobbies to bless those who are around me. Mosiah 2:17 "And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God."