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Hi I'm Mark

I am a convert to Mormonism!

About Me

My wife and I have three grown children and we are pleased to be participants in our local branch of the Church. I am a Computer Programmer, looking to go back to school and get training to match the job market. In the mean time I post articles and recipes to my blog and use social networking and email to keep contact with friends and relatives. (Look at the "Follow Me On:" blog button on my profile here.)

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because of a spiritual experience. When I was seven years old my younger brother died. I prayed and prayed that he could be brought back to life. I knew Bible stories of how God's prophets and apostles had raised people from the dead. I also knew the Easter story. So I asked God to bring back my brother. I asked Him why there were no more prophets or apostles anymore. I got no answer at that time except peace. One day, ten years later, I saw a copy of the Book of Mormon for the first time. I saw on its cover a picture of the statue of the angel, Moroni, with a trumpet to his lips, proclaiming the return of the Gospel in its fullness. In that moment, my mind was returned to those many nights as a child I had prayed about apostles and prophets, and the still, small voice of God said, "This is what you are looking for." I have had many special experiences since then, but this first one is the anchor of my membership and of my trust that God answers prayers. Because God speaks to each of us, you can get this kind of witness for yourself. And like me you can know that this is what you are looking for.

How I live my faith

Currently, I have a responsibility, once a month, of leading spiritual discussions amongst a group of men my own age. They are a mix of new members and long-time participants who share their thoughts on the life of Christ and the teachings of the prophets. I like that we study from the scriptures and liken them to our own lives. Rather than a strict "what would Jesus do?" It is more like "learn to be like Jesus so that we automatically do what he would do."