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Hi I'm Mark

I enjoy life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I think my favorite hobby is probably getting to know and help people. I love being a friend to someone in need. I think that's the main reason one of my favorite songs is Lean On Me, by Bill Withers. It strikes a deep chord for me. I'm married to my best friend and we have four sweet kids. I love providing for and being with my family. It is the absolute joy of my life. I also really enjoy skateboarding and other active sports. I enjoy dancing with my kids after I come home from work to Little Richard, Jack Johnson, and other fun music.

Why I am a Mormon

In a word, happiness. Being a Mormon makes me happy. Better said, following Christ brings me joy. The most exciting part of it all is that I can actually see myself progressing. I'm becoming more kind, more loving, more wise - more like Christ. I like who I'm becoming, and I attribute it all to my membership and activity in the church. Another huge benefit of membership for me is being able to worship in the temple. Temples are different from the meeting houses in which we worship on Sundays. They're the big buildings, usually with tall spires and a gold angel on top holding a long trumpet. These buildings are like nothing else on earth, and I truly believe they are the houses of God. When I am there I can feel that - I feel like I'm coming home when I step into a temple. It's quiet, reverent and calm inside. Everything inside points to or alludes to Jesus Christ. I just love it. I'm always a better, more refined and polished man when I come out.

How I live my faith

I begin every day with a prayer that God will help me be a little more like Christ that day, and I try my best to focus on that goal throughout the day. That's essentially it. I believe that through the Atonement of Christ I can not only be forgiven of my sins, but I can also be helped to become better. His grace helps me to become like Him. Reading the scriptures and listening to the inspired direction of church leaders helps me see how to do that. The commandments and standards that God has revealed help to guide my decisions. I focus on adhering to them as best I can because I've found that the more I do, the happier I am. I love to share my faith with everyone I can. I love to listen to people and try my best to build them up however possible. Sharing my faith builds my faith, and brings me tons of joy.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Mark
I might have a good take on this one. In October of 2009 I was quietly minding my own business, a recent move-in to our neighborhood's Mormon congregation. Then one day my wife and I received a visit in our apartment from a higher-up church leader. He asked us a number of questions about worthiness and compliance with church standards, and then, apparently feeling content with our responses, he told us that he had felt inspired to call me to serve as our congregation's next bishop. He asked if we would accept that invitation, explaining that I would likely serve for a period of 5-8 years. We agreed, and the next Sunday I was presented before the congregation for their sustaining vote. No one was opposed, and I was put immediately to work, counseling with people who needed help realigning their lives to God's way, assisting the neighborhood poor with financial bills, and directing meetings. That time has now passed, and someone else has been assigned to fill the position. One thing I'm certain of is that I had divine help. That's for sure. I needed it, because although I've always tried to lead a good life, nothing can really prepare you sufficiently for that kind of responsibility. There's something pretty cool about being led by someone who doesn't pursue their leadership position. It's peer leadership. There's no distinction between leader and member - we're all trying to come unto Christ together. Plus, it's temporary. It's developmental, and it keeps things fresh. Show more Show less