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Hi I'm Mark

I grew up in Arizona, I'm currently an Emergency Medicine resident and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy so much of life. I enjoy traveling and meeting people of different cultures, being outdoors and high adventure activities including rock climbing, wakeboarding, scuba diving, and skydiving. I'm passionate about CrossFit. I served as a Flight Surgeon in the Navy for 4 years and was stationed in New Orleans for most of the time. I have a beautiful wife and four children. As a family we have moved every year from West Virginia to Arizona to California to Florida to Louisiana and now to Texas, where I currently am in residency training.

Why I am a Mormon

One word: HAPPINESS - Not a fleeting, temporary type, but a happiness that endures day after day and can last through eternity. I am happiest in my life when I live the gospel of Jesus Christ and serve others. The church teaches me about Christ and how to follow Him and gives me so many opportunities to serve and help others.

How I live my faith

My faith teaches me that I have unlimited potential to do good, and through Jesus Christ, I can become a person so much better than I could alone. I daily try to progress in all facets of my life: physically, mentally and spiritually. I believe this balance is important to become the type of person my Heavenly Father would have me be. I strive to challenge my body, mind and spirit daily. I do this through exercise, study of both secular and spiritual books and service to others.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Mark
Shortly after the restoration of the gospel, God revealed to the prophet Joseph Smith instruction regarding the health of all His children. This revelation prohibited the use of all substances that are harmful to our bodies long before scientific research proved them as such and encouraged moderation and thanksgiving in all things. As a medical professional, I have seen time and time again the deleterious effects of those substances in the lives of many of my patients. To me, this is another example of God’s love for us. All he wants is our happiness and so, in His wisdom, commands us to avoid things that He knows will lead to sickness and disease. My life has been and will continue to be blessed because of this inspired law of health. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Mark
All worthy young men, 18 – 25 years old, are commanded to serve missions. However, no one will ever be forced to go on a mission. Women have the option to go on a mission after they are 19 years old. Men serve for 2 years and women serve for 18 months. Missions can be to almost anywhere in the world, speaking any of a number of languages. I remember the excitement I felt as I awaited my mission call. I was called to serve in Uruguay in South America and taught the gospel in Spanish. I grew so much during this time and would not trade my friendships and memories for the world. Married couples who have raised their kids are highly encouraged to pay their way and give of their time to serve as well. These missions are much more variable in duration and scope, and the regulations are different as well. My wife and I hope serve a church humanitarian mission once our kids are raised. Show more Show less