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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a teacher. I'm a learner. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Colorado and Idaho. My father is a computer programmer and my mother is a teacher. When I was a kid I was really into science, but when I became a teenager I 'rebelled' and got into the humanities. Since I graduated from college, I've mostly been teaching English in Japan and Korea, but now I'm gong back to school in medicine. I've been married for almost four years and we have two wonderful daughters. I really enjoy cooking, dancing, watching movies, and reading. I also play and design tabletop role-playing games.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church, but when I was a teeneager my friends couldn't believe someone as unconventional as I am could be a Mormon, and they started asking me and I started asking myself this very question Why am I a Mormon? And, more importantly, now that I'm thinking and choosing for myself, do I want to continue to be one? I went out to a park at night and resolved like Buddha to sit and think this through until I had everything figured out. I started all the way down with, "I think, therefore I am..." and worked my way up through whether I thought reality was real, whether I believed in g/Gods. I considered the tenets of Judaism, Islam, Catholicism, Protestantism, Buddhism, and paganism. And I came to the conclusion that Mormonism makes a sort of organic, logical, and intuitive sense in a way that other religions don't. I believe in a God that created the universe with a purpose and a plan. I believe that God is good and fair and kind and all-powerful. I believe that a good, fair, kind, omnipotent God wouldn't just leave us without any kind of guidance other than an ancient text and our wits I believe that revelation from such a God must be ongoing and personal. Each person has the right to know if the faith they are exerting is leading them in the right direction. And Mormonism is the only church I know of that advocates that kind of modern and personal revelation. The Mormon understanding of life and its purpose answers questions about the existence suffering and evil that stump other worldviews. But after I had figured all this out in my head, it made sense, but I still didn't know. So I prayed. I believed God wanted me to follow the right path and would give me some way of knowing the right path. I humbled myself and prepared myself for the possibility that I was wrong I was ready to leave the church I was raised in and renounce my family if that was what was necessary to follow the path of righteousness. And then I knew. I just knew, with a clarity of thought and emotion that I could feel was coming from outside of myself and I do a lot of thinking I can tell when I'm thinking my own thoughts. As I prayed for an answer, God confirmed, and my belief became knowledge. Since that time, my faith has continued to grow. Little indicators, like archaeological discoveries that confirm Mormon history and theology that Joseph Smith could not have known in his lifetime except by revelation, keep stacking up. These things have added to the certainty of my knowledge, but are not the root of it. I know the Church is true because my Heavenly Father has told me so. 

How I live my faith

The Family Home Evening program is a tradition of setting aside one evening each week to promote family unity and support the cultivation of values in the home. Even though I don't have children of my own, I make a habit of holding a home evening with other childless and unmarried Church members every week. We have a short lesson on a gospel topic and do wholesome activities together. I'm setting a pattern for myself to make my family a priority by reserving time in my schedule for family and gospel activities.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Nope. We don't worship Abraham or Moses, we don't worship John or Paul, and we don't worship Joseph Smith. Like other prophets, he was a really great guy and was instrumental in increasing people's knowledge of the gospel, but worship is for God alone. Show more Show less