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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a Software Engineer and a recovering garage band singer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work in the IT department of an insurance company. I've also worked for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City before moving to Arizona. I enjoy singing and have performed in various groups from church choirs to The Choral Arts Society of Utah. More recently I was a vocalist for a garage band with some of my coworkers. We performed classic rock at charity events just for fun.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in the Church I didn't always understand what it was all about. I guess you could say nobody really knows it all and I sure don't know everything there is to know about God and the Church. But I do know He has revealed to me that this is His church and that it is the only church on earth that has the authority to perform saving ordinances like baptism. It's been said, if you want to learn a subject you should try teaching it to someone else. I really started to understand and appreciate the gospel of Jesus Christ when I was a 19-year-old Mormon Missionary in Danville, VA. I remember my "Aha!" moment when I was teaching about God's plan of salvation and it dawned on me -- "This is what my Sunday School teachers were trying to teach me all these years." I had always had a belief but I guess you could say that was my moment of "conversion". I've had several affirmations from God's spirit that, yes, Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and the fullness of his gospel has been restored to the earth.

How I live my faith

I've had many opportunities to serve the Lord in His church. I've held several administrative positions and taught both youth and adult Sunday School classes. I've been involved in youth groups that teach young men and women how to stay out of trouble and avoid immoral activities and harmful addictions. I'm currently serving as a Website Administrator for the Church and administer a Facebook page for the Phoenix Arizona Mormon Temple.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Mark
Of course Mormons believe in the Bible--ancient members of our church wrote it. Let me explain: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's church in the latter-days. You might think of the saints who lived during Moses' time as "Moses-day Saints" or Christ's disciples as "Early-day Saints". This is the restored church that Jesus Christ organized in the latter-days so, naturally, we regard the Bible as Holy Scripture. The main difference between us and other Christian churches, when is comes to the Holy Bible, is that we also regard The Book of Mormon as Scripture. The Bible is a record of God's dealing with His children in the old world. The Book of Mormon is a record of God's dealing with his children on the American continent. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Mark
Mormon was an ancient prophet who lived on the American continent. He compiled scriptures onto a set of metal plates. These are the Golden Plates that Joseph Smith translated into The Book of Mormon. The term Mormon became a nickname for the Church and its members. Church members are better known as "Latter-day Saints" or LDS. A more appropriate abbreviation for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is "the Church" or "the Church of Jesus Christ" but if you call Church members "Mormons" we won't be offended. Mormon was a pretty cool guy, you should read about him. Show more Show less