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Published: Friday, Aug. 8 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT

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kaysville, UT

Awesome article! Awesome guy! Would love to hear him speak! Please let us know if he comes to the Salt Lake area! Very inspiring!

Salt Lake City, UT

"In no place do the scriptures, including the voices of our modern prophets, assent to the goal of amassing the goods of this earth. Such a course is to yield to Satan's Golden Question: "Do you have any money?"

"From the time of Adam to the present day, Zion has been pitted against Babylon, and the name of the game has always been money -'power and gain'."

"The trick is to appear rich as a result of being good- to cultivate the virtue of respectability."

-Hugh Nibley, Approaching Zion

Las Vegas, NV

Great story! it is inspiring to see people come from nowhere succeeding and thriving in life on their own without government "help"

Cedar Rapids, IA

Danite -- Are you jealous?

At face value, I'd say Brother Martins' camel could thread the eye of a needle.

As to our judgments, they mean nothing. It is between him and the Lord, your judgment notwithstanding.

Hayden, ID

He could not have accomplished that in America today! Obama would tell him, "You didn't build that" and the EPA, Obamacare, the Dept of Education and the IRS would destroy his company and all his employees would lose their jobs!

Portland, Oregon

1 Timothy 6:10 (KJV) "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."

This was, is, and always will be true and is played out again and again in our lives on a daily basis (just watch the news).

"My parents...felt people were losing track of the notion of right and wrong, with misplaced principles, values, ethics and a lack of mutual respect..."

And Carlos and his parents are exactly right, many business leaders have lost sight of the notion of doing what's right in favor of doing what's monetarily profitable, regardless of how it affects others - their employees, their vendors, their customers. It's all about the money.

Too bad more business leaders aren't about doing what's right for the many (including their employees, vendors and customers) as opposed to doing what's profitable for the few regardless of the long-term consequences.

Doing what's right may not give back a boatload of profit in the short term, but in the long run, its effects are often incalculable.

Salt Lake City, UT

Judge not lest ye be judged….

Joan Watson

The crux of this man experience and beliefs? Learn, listen, pray, trust, work, obey, share.
One cant help but be respectful of those such as this man, who have a personal and trusting relationship with God, and who has taken opportunity to not only provide well for himself and has family, but for others as well.

Sandy, UT

"You didn't build that!" -- Barack Obama

Deep Space 9, Ut

To "Danite" I think what you are looking for is this:

Jacob 2:19 "And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches, if ye seek them; and ye will seek them for the intent to do good—to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted."

Seems like Martins did just as the scriptures proclaim.


re:danite ; Jonathan PDX Oh contrare, my friend. If you will browes the Book of Jacob you might change your mind. I believe he said if you are righteous and seek riches for the purpose of doing good it's okay.
\Yes, the love of money is the root of all evil.... who loves money more, those who have it or those who don't?

Born in Bountiful
Provo, Utah

Mountain Man, I am sorry you don't see the wonderful opportunities this country still offers us. The is the home of 1/3 of the world's billionaires. You don't have to be born rich to make it. Sure we pay taxes, but many countries tax at higher rates. Sure several of our presidents have been less than stellar in the last 30 years, but don't give up. You give up on your opportunity and you are giving up on your children's opportunity. Vote strong men into office. Run for office yourself.

Olivehurst, CA

Good for him! After obtaining a hope in Christ, we are to seek riches so we can do good with them. This saint has done that. Thank you to the saint, to the writer, the assignment editor, and all who contributed to the telling of this story!

andrews afb, MD

@ Baddog

Dannite comment in no way condemned the Man in the article. It is just simply stating to me that the Lord doesn't really care if you become rich or not in this life.

I have read a similarly phrased conference talk by General Authorities.


nice story, very inspiring. A shame people use this for political comments.

John Locke
Ivins, , UT

The intelligence of the individual, given the opportunity to succeed or fail is a marvelous thing to observe. In the collective, ideas of the individual are squashed if the idea does not benefit the whole.

In actuality, one individual's ideas coupled with the will to succeed and assistance from others to do so, can benefit the entire community, in more ways than financial. Obama does not understand this and insists, like those Socialist/Saul Alinsky followers who went before him, that you truly can fit a 5 lb sausage into a 10 lb bag. Abandoning individuality for the will of the collective is like banning air...it cannot be done. You can only suppress it, like air, but it will always escape.

Great story of individual success. How many jobs did he provide? Are you listening, Obama?

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

He should have to give all the money to his employees - he didn't create this value.

And to think, instead of working hard and using his ingenuity, he could have sit down and blamed the rich people around him for being in poor financial conditions!

sandy, UT

people of different values have money. the quantity may be great or small. Paul's letter to Timothy wasn't abt money. it IS abt inappropriate love or excessive love of money, what it represents and symbolizes to the person who has it. one can have money and not love it: respect it, use it, work for it, trade it for family needs

what would you sacrifice, give, surrender to acquire money, more money, lots of money ? KJV Bible uses the word "ALL EVIL"; other translations say "all kinds of evil" Paul wrote "COVETED"; other translations use "longing and "craving"

money is not the root of evil. evil is self-existent. Satan lies: one cannot buy anything (or everything) with money

John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

Those who achieve success will always be criticized by those who are jealous. What we need are more people who, like the subject of this article, are willing to give back. Sullivan Ballou have a good example of this when he stated "I have no misgivings about, or lack of confidence in the cause in which I am engaged, and my courage does not halt or falter. I know how . . . great a debt we owe to those who went before us through the blood and sufferings of the Revolution. And I am willing—perfectly willing—to lay down all my joys in this life, to help maintain this Government, and to pay that debt . . ."

Those who are willing to sacrifice for what is right will be richly rewarded for doing so.

IRS Agent

The sin is not in being wealthy, it is in the desire of your heart. The apostles of the church are not paupers, most of them are very wealthy, and leaders in their respective disciplines (surgeons, businessmen, pilots, etc.) The reason is that they have learned to make the most of the talents the Lord gave them. Through dedication, study and perseverance, they have become successful in the eyes of the world, but the focus was in being true to stewardship they were entrusted from above. As I tell my children, if you are the best at what you do, there will always be work for you and you will be comfortable. If your position in life is a farmer, be the best farmer in the valley. It makes no difference what you do, it is "how" you do it. Make the most of whatever talent you have. Make that your focus, and the rest will come. Make money your focus, and you will start to look for an "edge" to beat out the next guy. That is where the downfall starts.

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