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Hi I'm Mark

I live in Alaska. I am married with four children. I am a child and adolescent psychiatrist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love the outdoors, hiking and camping. I enjoy gardening, singing, music, art, and reading, but especially I enjoy spending time with my family. In my profession, I love working with children. I grew up participating in Boy Scouts of America, and now serve in leadership roles with young men.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church, my ancestors having been pioneers from its organization in the 1830's. More than enjoying the Church as a family tradition, however, I have a deep conviction of the truth of the principles the Church teaches. Foremost, it teaches truths about our Savior Jesus Christ and His atonement for our sins. It teaches continuing revelation through a living prophet, so we have guidance similar to the people of the Old and New Testaments. I served a mission to Brazil for the Church as a young man, and remain convinced of the blessings of the Gospel to the rest of the world. I attribute the success of our family directly to the guidance of the Gospel, including Christ's teachings, the Scriptures, and the inspired teachings of the leaders of our Church. They are a beacon in the night of our perilous times. I have tested these principles and know them not only as a practical matter, but by revelation through the Holy Spirit, which revelation is available to anyone willing to ponder and test the teachings of the Church.

How I live my faith

I strive to teach my children principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which help prepare them for life's responsibilities. I honor my wife as mother and nurturer of our children, and appreciate her sacrifice in staying home with the children. We attend worship services at church weekly. My church responsibilities include teaching the young men on Sundays, and helping out with their weekly youth night and Boy Scout activities. Accompanied by another adult church member, I look out for five families in our congregation, visiting their homes monthly and helping out when needed, especially for sickness, accidents, or other need. I enjoy singing in the church choir.