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Hi I'm Mark

I was born in Brazil to American missionary parents. I have lived and worked in the US, Europe and Latin America. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of one beautiful daughter and three sons, and grandfather of three beautiful granddaughters and one grandson, with a wonderful companion for over thirty years. We have all been involved in Scouting and enjoy the outdoors, and have had the opportunity to live in different states and travel to different countries. Our families are mostly in the mountain west, with extended family relatives spread around several states and around the globe.

Why I am a Mormon

In the late 1800's missionaries contacted my great grandparents in Denmark, who became converted and then immigrated to Utah and Idaho. My parents were both raised in Mormon families. and after they were married they were called to preside over a mission in Brazil where my brother and I were born. Growing up I was often used for practice as the missionaries would explain the origins of the church and its teachings - in portuguese. By the time I was six years old I was very familiar with the story of how Joseph Smith prayed and received divine direction to restore the Church of Jesus Christ including the calling of twelve apostles and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. Returning home to the United States we stopped in Palmyra and walked through the grove of trees where Joseph Smith had prayed and I felt I recognized the location when we arrived and was aware of a tremendous peace that gave me a great assurance that what I had been taught was true.

How I live my faith

I have been active in the church as a youth leader, mostly with the young men in the Scouting organization. I also have received many assignments as a home teacher and currently have three families that I visit regularly with a companion. In the priesthood I was ordained a high priest a few years ago to serve on a high council, and later served as a counselor in a bishopric. These callings help me live my faith as I try to serve others, including my own family.

What is the Book of Mormon?

This is another testament of Jesus Christ that corroborates the old and new testaments that we find in the Bible. The Book of Mormon includes the writings of prophets that lived anciently in America. After Christ was resurrected and appeared to his disciples in Jerusalem he said he would go and visit his other sheep. In the Book of Mormon we have a record that Christ came in fulfillment of prophecy to these people and blessed and taught them also. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Because we believe part of the purpose of life is to prepare us and organize us in family relationships that will continue after this life. The church exists to help and strengthen families in their faith and commitment to follow the example of Jesus Christ. As we do this, we find peace and happiness regardless of the challenges and trials we might go through in our brief mortal existence. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

As the name implies, the Book of Mormon was put together by a prophet named Mormon. He lived on the American continent around 400 A.D. He was one of the last prophets who recorded their testimonies of Jesus Christ, before sealing and then hiding up the book as directed by revelation. The existence of this ancient record was revealed to Joseph Smith, who through inspiration translated the book as another witness of Jesus Christ in addition to the Bible. The Book of Mormon not only testifies of Christ, but is evidence that Joseph Smith was called of God. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

While recognizing that homosexuality is part of a person's identity, the Church believes that God has instructed us to limit sexual relations to man and wife. The Church is in agreement with other religions that teach that men and women should marry and establish their own families, and does not recognize same sex unions as marriages. Show more Show less