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Hi I'm Mark

About Me

I'm married to my high school sweetheart (although she didn't know she was my sweetheart until sometime after high school) and a father of nine wonderful children and eight magnificent grandchildren. I am a legal professional and I enjoy my family, swimming, music, riding mountain bikes, fishing, camping and reading books.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of the Church by wonderful, faithful parents (married 63 years) who were also members of the Church. I learned about Jesus and our Heavenly Father from my parents and at Church before I was baptized and confirmed when eight years old. I continued to grow in and share my testimony by going to the holy temple and serving a two year mission for the Church. I have been sealed for time and all eternity to the girl of my dreams in God's holy temple and all our children and grandchildren are sealed to us too. I know this is what God wants for all of His children.

How I live my faith

I am a lay minister in the church and work to assist and oversee twelve congregations that are organized into a geographic unit called a stake. This is symbolic of the stakes that secure the tent of Zion (See Isaiah 33:20 and 54:2) which is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Baptism by immersion is an earthly ordinance which demonstrates our faith in the Savior's atonement for the remission of sins. It is the gate through which we enter the staight and narrow path that leads to eternal life. It is symbolic of the Savior's burial and resurrection and our being born again by water and the spirit. It must be performed by one who worthily holds the priesthood of God just as John the Baptist was authorized to baptize the Savior by immersion to fulfill all righteousness. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

The Holy Ghost teaches the truth of all things. The gift of the Holy Ghost is given after you are baptized, when you are confirmed. It is the Heavenly right to have the Holy Ghost with you at all times. Of course you need to live worthy of the gift by keeping all of God's commandments. As we learn to listen to the quiet promptings or whisperings of the Spirit, sometimes called the still, small voice, we can better understand revelation from the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost will comfort us in times of trouble and affirm our faith in Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

No. The Church has a policy of political neutrality. The Church encourages us to be involved in the political process and exercise our right to vote. We are to seek out and support good and wholesome men and women who stand for traditional values and the principles of freedom which enable all men to worship how, where or what they may. While the church has a duty to speak out on moral issues it will continue it's policy of political neutrality. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Thomas S. Monson holds all keys of authority to bind on earth what is bound in heaven and to loose on earth what is loosed in heaven, just as the ancient apostle Peter did. He is a prophet, seer and revelator. That means he can know what God would have us do to receive the greatest blessings. We do not worship him just as we do not worship Joseph Smith. We do honor and revere him as the ordained servant called by God to lead his people and teach them what to do during these troubled times. Show more Show less