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Hi I'm Marty

I grew up on a ranch in Alberta. I’m an accountant. I’m a Mormon, … and it is a dandy day.

About Me

I grew up on a ranch in Alberta, we had a few cows and horses and our business was training horses. When I was 10, a horse my dad was riding slipped and fell on his leg, breaking it. At that time we just got in 4 wild horses that had never been handled. Since my dad couldn’t ride them with his broken leg, it became my responsibility to ride them. We depended on that income for the family. My dad asked me if I was scared. Not wanting to appear too cowardly, I just said sometimes. Then he explained what we were going to do with these horses, step by step, working together so that I could ride them and train them. That was an important lesson for me as I learned that we could overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles through careful adherence to the small and simple things. When I was older, I entered the bronc riding in a few rodeos. I didn’t do enough to get good at it, I mostly just fell off, but I’m glad I did it. Life isn’t about falling off, it’s about getting up when you’re down. I come from a long line of cowboys - in some ways I can say it’s in my blood. I went to school, became an accountant and now work in the big city. I still wear my western hat and boots, ya, I’m a bit of a redneck, but it reminds me of who I am and that doesn’t depend on what everyone else around me is doing. I live outside of the city with my wonderful wife. We have 5 amazing children and a few horses. My family is the focal point of my life - they bring great joy to me. I love them.

Why I am a Mormon

My first ancestors joined the LDS (Mormon) church in 1831, so I’m now the 7th generation member. One may assume that because of that history I’m just following along blindly in the traditions of my ancestors. When I was a child, perhaps that was the case. However, there comes a time in everyone’s life when they have to make their own decisions. The eternal truths and doctrines of God that are taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ring true to my soul. God has prepared a way for each one of us to find and know the truth. He has promised that if we ask Him, with a sincere heart, He will make the truth known to us. I have found that true in my life. The world today is full of challenges and questions. Every question I have about my purpose here, the obstacles I face, the opposition found in the world from misery to joy, and finally, what happens after I die, is answered. We are very blessed in this world of turmoil to have the guiding influence of the Holy Ghost, the third member of the Godhead to help us know what is truth and find peace no matter what our situation is. As in ancient times, we are also blessed today with a living prophet of God to guide and direct us in the circumstances we face in the world today. The heavens really are open and as we follow the teachings of Christ, we can’t help but be happy. There is only one path to lasting eternal happiness and that is through obedience to the commandments of God. Though we may experience pleasure here or there, there is only one source of true and lasting happiness. Jesus Christ is our Redeemer and Saviour. Through His infinite and eternal sacrifice, we can return with Him to live with our Father in Heaven eternally as families. I have gained a personal knowledge of these things through study, through prayer and answers I have received to those prayers. God is real. He knows and loves each one of us, Christ as my witness. Amen.

How I live my faith

Religion isn’t about going to church, reading scriptures or even praying. Religion is about what is in your heart. Those other things are important, don’t get me wrong - they are there to help us as individuals become better people and become more pure and holy. They are tools God has provided to us to strengthen and support us in overcoming the challenges we face. We can make any claim we want, but religion comes from our very soul and is demonstrated by how we live. I try to follow God’s 2 greatest commandments - Love God with all our hearts and Love our neighbours as ourselves. Now, I don’t claim to be perfect - I’m a long ways from it, but I am trying to be better each day and I believe that is what is important. Our family motto is, in latin “nos nostraque deo”. Loosely translated means, ourselves and our possessions to God. I try to keep in mind that everything I have been blessed with comes from God and because of that, I try to use those things to make this world a better place to live in. I live my faith by being there for my family, by leading and supporting them and helping them to grow themselves. That doesn’t mean doing everything for them because it is only through their own experience that they can learn and grow and develop their own faith and strength. However, I can guide them, I can support them and I can try to set an example for them that will perhaps strengthen them in their own quest for truth and knowledge. I live my faith by trying to be a good neighbour - and everyone is my neighbour. If I can make someone’s day a little brighter - it has been a good day. I may often be heard saying, “it’s a dandy day” because every day can be a good day when we understand why we are there. I attend church - religiously you might say - because it is a great source of spiritual strength and power that helps me renew my commitment to doing what is right. I live my faith by serving my God.