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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a husband, dad, friend, and fellow-worker. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 53 year old father of nine. Our first grandchild was just born. My wife is an angel. I feel very blessed. I like to jog, play games of all kinds with my kids and others, and hike with my wife. I am fascinated by physics, even though its hard to wrap my mind around it all (thank goodness for the layman's version). I spend many of my waking hours working as a product manager for an insurance company.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon family. I have wonderful childhood memories. Family prayer was a regular occurrence. I began reading the scriptures on a daily basis when I was 14. As I read of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and of His prophets, the Holy Ghost testified to my heart that Heavenly Father loved me, that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, and the Lord's gospel is the plan of happiness. One of the precepts of our faith states that "if there is anything virtuous, lovely or of good report of praiseworthy, we seek after these things." I hope to benefit from all the truth that the Lord chooses to reveal--past, current, and in the future.

How I live my faith

James taught that "pure religion,,,before God...is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world" (James 1:27). Jesus of Nazareth "went about doing good" (Acts 10:38). I believe I live my faith best when I am serving others. As a hometeacher, I have the opportunity to visit a widow each week; visit and assist a single parent and her children on a regular basis; and share a monthly message with a family of 6 each month. I have found that serving others and serving with others makes me happy. Like many people, I have attitudes or habits that I would like to change for the better. I am trying to make positive changes in an ongoing effort to become more Christ-like, through the help of the Lord.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

We believe that God is the father of our spirits (Heb.12:9). We believe we have a mother of our spirits. They love us dearly. They want us to become like them. Mortal life on earth is an essential part of this process. Our spirit parents are glorified and perfected beings, with resplendent bodies of flesh and bone enlivened by glorious inner spirits. They possess every positive virtue in fullness. Love drives all that They do. We were created in Their image. Through the resurrection (after death), through the sanctifying influence of the Holy Ghost, and through the Savior's sacrifice for our sins, we believe our Parents, can make us like themselves, after our mortal lives are finished. We don't know how this miraculous transformation occurs. But, we trust in the Lord's promise in 1 John 3:2: "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is." Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

For me, the answer to this question requires an understanding of one of the greatest blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. God, our Heavenly Father, loves all of His children and has provided a way for each child, who will, to come back into His presence and associate with Him eternally. But, because He is consistent and just, He has established unchanging requirements, that if accepted and lived, unlock these blessings for His children. It is up to us, to accept the offered blessings by doing our best to meet the conditions He has set. These conditions are simple and straightforward: 1. Believe in Heavenly Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost enough to strive every day to following their teachings, commandments, and example. 2. Repent when we fall short, as we all do, and keep trying. 3. Receive specified ordinances, administered by someone who holds the Priesthood of God, received by the laying on of hands. Baptism, administered by someone who holds the Priesthood of God, is one of the ordinances that we must receive. Jesus taught Nicodemus, "Except a man is born of the water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (John 3:5) Many of our Heavenly Father's children lived and died without the opportunity to receive this ordinance. We perform this ordinance as proxies (acting in their behalf) in a building dedicated to work for our kindred dead (Temples). This does not obligate our ancestors to accept these ordinances. But, we believe, if they do choose to accept the ordinance performed in their behalf, God will treat them as if they had received the ordinance of baptism during their lifetime, thus unlocking to them all the blessings the Lord desires to give them. Show more Show less