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Hi I'm Mark

I was born in America, but was partially raised in New Zealand. I am now a marketing consultant in the U.S. and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work from home as a tourism marketing consultant and enjoy mountain biking, hiking, canyoneering, photography, videography, and writing. I live near near Zion National Park and not far from the north rim of the Grand Canyon. I have traveled to many places in the world to tell people about the dramatic scenery in Utah. Out family loves to have outdoor adventures together. My wife (Denise) and I have four children, two boys, two girls, and now a son and a daughter in-law.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was young my parents took me to New Zealand where they worked for the Mormon church at a school near Hamilton city. Many times through my young life I reached points where I had to determine if I would continue to participate in, and live by the teachings of Christ and the tenets of the Mormon faith. These times of choice were challenging, and through prayer and study I received a spiritual confirmation that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was filled with truth. I found that when I had questions about who I was, and what was the purpose of my life, there were answers within the teachings of the Mormon faith. I have come to know for myself that these teachings are true. This gives me great confidence about how I should conduct my life and my course for the future.

How I live my faith

One of the things I really enjoy about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the opportunity to serve. This church has a lay ministry. My Bishop, or pastor, does not receive money for the many hours he invests in leading our congregation. This means that every member of our congregation has the opportunity to work in a position of some responsibility to serve the other members of our faith. In this tough economy, it means that we are able to look out for eachother and see to each other's needs. We speak to each other in church, teach sunday school lessons, and provide assistance when one of our neighbors or friends is sick or has a specific need for help. The Mormon faith is about learning to be self reliant and we have opportunities to work at church farms to harvest food for the needy, make packages of supplies for disaster relief, and do many things to serve other people. The day may come when I may need some help, and by sharing my time in service of others, I know I can expect others to reciprocate if there ever is a need. Being a participant in the Mormon faith is like being part of a large family that loves and cares about each member.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Tithing is used to build churches for worship, to build temples, and to manage the affairs of the church. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is a historic record of the people who lived anciently in the Americas. The Book of Mormon tells of three different groups of people who were led to the Americas. At around 400 A.D. a leader by the name of Mormon tells how he was assigned to care for the many records that had been kept by his people. In fact he was given the assignment to condense the records into one book. He complete his assignment and also told the story of how his people had become very numerous millions, and had also become wicked. At this time, the people had divided into two groups that fought against each other. Mormon became a leader of one of the groups and tried to get the people to live better repent and to stop fighting. They would do neither. The Book of Mormon is so called because Mormon abridged many records to create this one book that we could have today. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are frequently called Mormons, because of their belief in this record. We also believe the Bible is the word of God. The Book of Mormon testifies that Jesus did live, and that he actually visited the people in the Americas. The Book of Mormon is a second witness that Jesus is the savior of us all. I encourage you to read the Book of Mormon and learn for yourself of its truth. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

We believe that after Christ was crucified and the apostles were eventually killed, that the early christian church was left without leadership. The church leaders and members slowly moved away from some of the most important principles that were the foundation of the early church. In essence there was an Apostasy from some of the truth. From the time of Christ until the 18th century there were few places where a person could live in peace and freedom. Mormon's believe that the founding of America opened the door, and set the stage, for a free society where the true and correct principles that should govern Christ's church could be restored. Joseph Smith was a young man in the early 1800's who saw the great divisions among the religions of his day. After much study and deliberation he finally went to God in prayer to inquire about which church he should affiliate with. Mormons believe that he was a young man, prepared by God to restore the true church to the earth. This was done to prepare for the great second coming of Christ. Show more Show less