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Hi I'm Marc

About Me

I married my wife 6 years ago; we have 3 children, soon to be 4. My greatest joy is to come home from work each day. I look forward to opening the door and having my kids all greet me with hugs. My life and schedule are centered around being with my family. My favorite thing to do is play games with my kids. Anything that keeps them all happy and having fun makes me happy. My wife and I also enjoy playing games both with and without the kids. When I am fortunate enough to find fierce competition, I can spend hours playing foosball and ping pong. I graduated from college in 2006, and since that time have worked at a financial investment company. The fragmented foundation of the investment world reminds me what really matters—the important part of life—my family. It can be so easy to prioritize work, money, or activities over family; but one can easily sense the void it creates in the absense of balance.

Why I am a Mormon

I am proud to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The virtues and practices it represents are so rare in these days. My membership makes me a better person. Having been taught the Gospel my whole life, I consider myself fortunate. I have been blessed with an understanding of who I am, and why I am here. My life's experiences have confirmed what the Prophets (both ancient and modern) have taught, both the reality of the consequences of sin and the reality of the consequences of righteous living. In following their directives, I have found stability and joy. The Savior said, "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine..." I know that if I follow the commandments of God, and receive his ordinances, I can havepeace and joy in this life, and everlasting peace and joy with the Father of our spirits after this life. My primary focus is for both me and my family to receive this blessing so that we can live together after we leave this life.

How I live my faith

My aim in life is to provide constant incremental improvement to myself and others. The Gospel of Jesus Christ enables us to become better, more 'Christ-like' people by providing us opportunities to obtain forgiveness when we sin and opportunities to take on new healthy traits. I find that life is much more constant, satisfying, and happy when I live my faith daily. Each day I pray to my Father in Heaven, thanking Him for specific blessings, and requesting His assistance in both spiritual and temporal matters. My prayers are sincere and consistent because I have found strength in blessings granted to past prayers. I also actively set aside time each day to study the Holy Scriptures, rotating my study between the New Testament, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, and the Book of Mormon. When done in the proper spirit, I find happiness and faith in the words of past prophets. Another regular, faith-driven habit I have is listening to the Church's semi-annual General Conference addresses on CD in my car. These words of living prophets contribute greatly to my testimony and to the spirit that I try to cultivate. Each Sunday I attend church with my family. We all enjoy meeting with others of our faith, with whom we share our testimonies. We get to partake of the Savior's sacrament in His name, and administered by His authority, to renew our covenant of baptism. I have a calling or 'duty' to watch over the 14-15 year old boys by teaching them Gospel doctrine on Sundays and coaching them in youth activities on Wednesday evenings. I have found this to be a very rewarding calling for myself and the youth. I also have another calling in which I am assigned to serve a few families in the area; I do this by visiting them at least monthly where I share a Gospel message and catch up on their lives. My favorite part of the week is Monday evening. Each Monday my family sets aside the entire evening to be together. This stems from our Heavenly Father's invitation to hold a weekly Family Home Evening. This has been a remarkably rewarding experience for us: My children are learning so much, and my wife and I get to share Gospel truths that we know to be true with them. Similar to my personal scripture study mentioned above, as a family we also read some form of scripture each day (typically scripture stories adapted for kids). All of the items presented above contirbute to a successful life for my entire family. We experience a rewarding life of peace, happiness, and purpose. Again, this has only been possible because of Jesus Christ's Gospel that provides forgiveness and enabling power for those who steadily follow His simple Plan of Happiness.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Marc
A ward is a group of people who meet together regularly to attend church services, perform service, and assist each other in any facet of life. A branch is similar to a ward--a primary distinction is that branches are composed of fewer members. A stake is a group of wards and/or branches. This grouping helps ensure that the needs of each ward or branch are consistently addressed by those appointed at the stake-level to serve such wards or branches. Each of the above-mentioned units is defined by a geographic region. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Marc
Members of the Church of Jesus Chirst of Latter-day Saints, in good standing, do not practice polygamy. The Lord told the Nephite people in the Ancient Americas, "For there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife...For if I will raise up seed unto me, I will command my people; otherwise they shall hearken unto these things" (Jacob 2:27,30). In various seasons of the world, the Lord has sanctioned the plurality of wives by way of commandment to selected individuals. The prophet Abraham is one such individual. My testimony and faith is founded on the principle recorded in Isaiah 55:8, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord." There are some commandments with which all of us will not immediately be comfortable; were it not so, it would be in our nature to keep all of God's commandments with ease. But as with any commandment, we can develop an understanding of its truthfulness and purpose through living it and prayer to God. Show more Show less