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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a happy Mormon.

About Me

I thrive on living a life surrounded by great family and good friends. Most importantly, my faith is the biggest part of my life. It is simply who I am. People that know me would describe me as an outgoing optimist with a dry sense of humor.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon, or member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, because of my curious nature, and the desire to know where I came from, why I am on the Earth, and where I am going. Although I didn't grow up as a member of the Church, from an early age I was taught about Jesus and learned from the Bible as a member of the Roman Catholic Church. I was blessed to have a family that valued faith in Jesus Christ. In my teenage years after a period of time when I felt confused about what I truly believed, I began to search for the truth. Some friends introduced me to a non-denominational church, and I began attending services there. During this period of time, I continued to be confused about the truths that I was learning. Different churches used varying editions of the Bible, and each leader (pastor) had what I deemed, their own interpretation, and in many respects, conflicting. By the time I was in my late teens, I had gone through a period of "darkness" in my life, where through my struggle with trying to find the truth, and also self inflicted trials, I had broke down and essentially quit attending any church, including the Catholic church which I had been a baptized member of. During my freshman year in college, someone in a philosophy class that I was taking casually talked about some of their beliefs, and asked about mine. Over the course of the semester, we ended up having some cool laid back discussions about the basics of the Gospel, and at the time I wasn't really interested in learning much more, but enjoyed the chats. They gave me a pass along card with the Articles of Faith on them and I read through, and didn't think much of it, and threw the card away after a couple of weeks of letting it sit in my car. A year later, I met some more members of the Church through a roommate that wasn't a member, but had dated one of them that was. I quickly became close friends with them and through their example, friendship and encouragement to learn more about the Gospel, I asked to be introduced to the Missionaries. After meeting with the Missionaries for a few months, reading the Book Of Mormon, and the Bible, and diligently getting on my knees and praying, I knew that I had found the truth I was looking for. Nothing before "clicked", but now something had. This was different, and I have been forever changed. My relationship with the Savior, and my Heavenly Father, had never been stronger. I was baptized over 6 years ago and am now an active member of the Church. Yes, I am a happy Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have been fortunate enough since the time I joined the Church over six years ago, to have had the opportunity to serve in multiple callings. Church callings, are simply a "call" by our Heavenly Father to serve others while holding certain responsibilities. Leaders pray with open hearts to find out who should serve what calling in the congregation. It has always been comforting for me to know that I truly have been called by God to serve in the capacities I have. I've served as a teacher and leader in varying capacities, but primarily have been called to serve and have stewardship over groups from small to large. As a teacher I have always found joy in learning much more by diligently seeking through the scriptures and learning material to be prepared the present the lesson to others. As a leader I have come to love those that I have been called to serve, while at the same time being genuinely concerned for their well being and spirituality. In addition, my testimony of other leaders being called of God, specifically those who have stewardship over me has been solidified. Outside of my service to others, I live my faith by striving to attend the Temple as often as possible and to continue to increase my faith and testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ by reading the scriptures and personal prayer to my Heavenly Father. I find much joy, and fulfillment through all of this, and it is a beacon of light for my life.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

We need a savior to return back into the presence of our Father in Heaven. None of us are perfect, and will make mistakes throughout our lives. The good news, however, is that through faith in Jesus Christ, being baptized, and striving to do what is right during our life, we can return back to our Heavenly Father. The "separation" we have from our Heavenly Father during our lives on Earth is part of a great plan. The plan is for us to have the opportunity to become like, not equal to however, our Heavenly Father. This simply means that to become like God, we need to live a mortal life and to show our faith in Jesus Christ, his Son, by being baptized and receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit). As Christians, Mormons place the utmost importance on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, who ultimately knows us better than anyone, and can help us work through the rough spots in our lives. Show more Show less