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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 3 (soon to be 4). I am blessed to be happily married to a wonderful wife who sacrifices most of her time and interests to make our home a wonderful and peaceful place. I am inspired by her dedication to our family. I am a numbers geek and am happy to be immersed in excel spreadsheet data for hours at a time. Two of my biggest hobbies are music and more recently, Crossfit.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Mormon Church and growing up, my family was very active in the church. When I was 19 I left home for two years to serve as a missionary. I was very young, less than 100% sure about what I was doing and extremely homesick for the first few months away. As I continued to commit myself to being a Missionary and as I worked hard at being obedient to teachings of the Gospel, I began to have marvelous experiences that drew me very close to my Savior and Father in Heaven. I gained a witness independent of anyone else that what I was teaching and testifying to others, was true. I am grateful for those 2 years of my life. Everything that is positive in my life today is a result of the commitments I formed while serving as a missionary.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by serving others and by bringing my life more and more in harmony with the teachings of the Savior. This is very challenging at times but I find great contentment and happiness when I work hard at it.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Mark
The Temple is a place of worship that is set apart from other buildings in the Mormon Church. It isn’t a club and those who attend do not see themselves as being elite or better than anyone else. In order to go inside the Temple a member of the Church must live the basic commandments, have a testimony of God the Father, his Son Jesus Christ and of a living Prophet on the earth who receives general guidance and direction for the benefit of all who listen. Members of the Church are interviewed by Church leaders and are asked basic questions about their worthiness and testimony. When a person is found to be worthy, they are given permission to enter into the Temple. One purpose of this process is to keep the Temple clean. The more righteous those are who attend, the more abundant the Spirit of the Lord will be. The opposite is also true - when those who are unworthy enter the temple, the presence of the Lord can be diminished. Another purpose of testing our commitment to living the gospel before entering the temple is to make sure we are ready to live up to the commitments we make there. In the Temple, we make commitments to the Lord to live in stricter accordance to His word as found in the Holy Scriptures. There is nothing weird, awkward or uncomfortable about the Temple. Rather, it is a way for us to feel closer to the Savior and feel empowered to live His commandments. Show more Show less