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Hi I'm Mark.

I'm a dad, I'm a husband, I'm a lawyer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My family is my whole world. I love to spend time with my wife and my two little boys. We enjoy going to theme parks and visiting our extended family around the U.S.A. We also love to visit places important to family, national, and LDS Church history. I am a voracious reader -- I am constantly reading novels, especially science fiction and adventure stories. I appreciate when an author tells a human story in a fantastic world... telling human stories that touch hearts and transport and give readers things to consider. I write fiction as a hobby. Professionally, I work with words constantly. I enjoy helping clients and making a positive difference in the world. I've been in Florida since I was 8, and I love sunshine, summer rains, and the opportunities to be a tourist in my own backyard. There are so many fun things to do and beautiful things to see, both natural and man-made.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up in this church, I had to know for myself whether the faith of my fathers would be my faith as an adult. My faith journey began in earnest when I was a teenager. I had read The Book of Mormon before, and knew the stories; I reached a point where I had to know, for myself, whether God was real and whether this church was where He wanted me to be. I spent about a half hour every night reading from the Book of Mormon. As I read it, I felt God's spirit. He spoke peace to my mind and told me that what I was reading was true. This was the beginning. I have had similar feelings thousands and thousands of times since. The cumulative effect of all of those little whispers from God, the feelings of love and the guidance for my life, is how I have come to know. I know that this church is true and that God speaks to its prophets today. The Church helps me in every aspect of my life. It helps me to be a better father, to have a bigger perspective, to see all people as my brothers and sisters, and to seek integrity and fairness in the world. I can't imagine my life without my relationship with Jesus Christ, my Savior. I have come to know Him through His words to prophets in the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and living prophets. I have felt His assurances and had His guidance in my life. I have felt God's reassurances through peace in my heart and words in my mind, enlightening me and teaching me in a way that is hard to describe. The truths of the gospel are powerful and bring happiness. I know why the word of God is often compared to a feast, because it is satisfying to the spirit and gives strength to accomplish good things, like the best foods can do also. I love this gospel message and the power that comes when I make sacred promises with God and do my best to keep them. In times of crisis and in times of joy, I have turned my heart to God and he has always been there, making of my life something better than I could do alone.

How I live my faith

I try to begin each day in conversation with God through prayer and to study the scriptures and the words of living prophets. When I immerse myself in the words of God, when I talk to Him, He helps me see beyond myself and know God's will for me and how I can help my family and others around me. As a member of the Church, I have had the opportunity to help others within my church and my community frequently. I have taught Sunday School classes, sung in choirs, spoken to different congregations away from my home, taught and trained other church leaders, and worked with the young men aged 12 to 18. I love to see people's faith in Jesus Christ grow and to see how that faith opens their eyes to a greater world. It is great to see others learn about a world beyond selfish desires, a world of the sublime and the infinite. I am grateful for the many opportunities I have had to help out many of God's children throughout my life. I also love the support I feel from my brothers and sisters in Christ. Many of my closest friends are a part of my congregation, and we support one another as well as get together to have fun. I love a good game night with friends or a chance to sit around and talk about how God has blessed our lives. Friendships can connect on so many levels when we are interested in each other's success and when we pray for one another. That Christlike love that I feel at Church is like nothing else in the world. It makes me feel strong, and I am honored to be able to associate with such fine people each week, teaching and learning from one another as Christ taught us to do.