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Hi I'm Marty

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of three grown children. I love sports, reading, all kinds of music, especially classic rock and opera. I am a history buff and love to read non-fiction and historical novels. I have friends and family from many religion and backgrounds and enjoy discussing my religion with them. I am in my second career which involves training, counseling and assisting people looking for employment and educational opportunities.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood. In that area, to be Christian was to be Catholic. We had Catholic friends. We came to their confirmations, they came to our bar mitzvahs. That was the extent of our religious interaction. They had their way, we had ours and I had no real interest in learning more about it. As I got older and studied history, I was appalled by Christian treatment of our people over the centuries and believed that the gap between the “supposed” teachings of Jesus Christ and Christian behavior was unbridgeable. Moreover, I did not understand the concept of a Savior, the need for atonement and other Christian concepts. Though not observant, I saw no rationale for a savior to come between my direct relationship with God. A number of years ago, I had some time to kill before going to a concert in Lincoln Center in New York. At that time, the LDS Church had a Visitors Center across from Lincoln Center (where the Manhattan Temple is currently located). I thought it would be a good chance to learn something about the Mormons who I believed were just another Protestant sect. The Center featured a diorama telling the story of the Golden Plates. I came away with the distinct feeling that Joseph Smith did not make up the story. I was given a copy of the Book of Mormon, tried reading it, but was surprised by its Christ-centeredness. As strange as it may sound, I was more prepared to believe Joseph Smith’s story than the Savior’s. It would take a great leap for me as Jew to believe in Jesus Christ and I was not yet ready to take it. I always maintained an interest in the Church, but at a distance. I came to a point where I felt I was losing any connection to God and seriously asked myself which religion was the only one where I felt that connection. It was the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. At this point, I knew that I would have to seriously investigate. I read the Book of Mormon as the then President of the Church, Gordon B. Hinckley advised -a couple of chapters at a time. I read it slowly, praying and pondering as I read. In a relatively short time, early in the book entitled Nephi 2, I gained a strong testimony of the truthfulness of this scripture. Soon it all came together – the Fall, the Atonement, the Resurrection, the need for a savior, indeed the whole Plan of Salvation. It was through the Book of Mormon and our other scriptures, the Doctrines and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price, that I gained a testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ. For if the Book of Mormon was true, than Jesus Christ is the Messiah, Joseph Smith was a prophet of the Lord and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the Lord’s Church. I am so grateful to the Prophet Joseph Smith for bringing forth and translating this great work which was the vehicle for my conversion and for the blessings that have followed and will continue to follow.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my life in accordance with gospel principles -being family-oriented, honest, modest and charitable towards others. In the Church, I help to manage the activities of the men's group in our ward with special responsibility for teaching.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

The underlying principle of the Church's varied welfare services is to build self-reliance. Those who benefit from these programs will come away with skills and experience that will enable them to better manage themselves and their families. Show more Show less