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Hi I'm Mark

I grew up in Seattle, read comic books, and am a television post-production professional. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Seattle, WA and have since lived all over the country, including Dallas, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. Since graduating from college in film studies, I've been working as an editor on various film & TV projects. I enjoy reading comics, playing Rock Band on my PS3 with friends, traveling, and running.

Why I am a Mormon

I admit that I was born to Mormon parents, but the reason I have continued to follow this religion into adulthood is because I've seen the ways in which the Lord has guided me through the teachings of the Book of Mormon and our latter-day prophets and apostles. When I was 16 my father lost his job and my family declared bankruptcy. We left our home and moved into a little condo 30 minutes away. I was afraid, because at that point in my life I had never needed to know how to start a social life from scratch and was comfortable keeping things the way they were. Losing so much of my familiarities was frightening. But in the midst of the turmoil, I remembered that as a child I had learned in church services and from my parents to call upon the Lord in my hours of need. I followed that thought. He humbled me and helped me find creative ways to introduce myself to people that made my personality shine through my fear and shyness. Within a few months I found myself constantly surrounded by some of the most loyal and trustworthy friends I've ever had. And more than that, I had grown to be more outgoing and giving of myself. This is just one example of how God has helped me become a better man as I continue to rely on the things I've been taught in His church.

How I live my faith

I make monthly visits to different members of my congregation to make sure they know they are loved and thought of on a regular basis, and to see if there is anything they need help with. I also have had a lot of experiences in the last year where I've instructed Sunday School classes. This is one of my favorite things to do as a member of the LDS church - I love how much I learn from the students who come to class prepared with great comments and questions. I've also been over a committee that plans monthly service projects and other activities like game nights or campouts for the entire congregation to participate in.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Mark
There is nothing "secret" about our temples. We invite everyone to come inside. However, we do consider the ceremonies performed in the temple to be sacred. In much the same way that we are commanded to not take the name of the Lord in vain because it is sacred and therefore should only be used in certain times and places, we do not openly discuss in great detail the things that are said and done in these beautiful buildings dedicated to God so as to not take them lightly. So everyone is invited to the temple, but in order to be prepared for the sacred nature of the ceremonies therein, one must begin a process of learning and personal preparation and commitment, starting with baptism and followed by keeping a lifestyle consistent with the teachings of Jesus Christ. But that is not to say that ONLY members ever get a glimpse at the inside of our temples. In fact, many temples have visitors centers that ANYone can visit, regardless of religion or standing in the LDS church, where they can see photos and videos of the rooms inside these buildings. Open houses are held when temples are completed, inviting the entire community to tour the buildings before they are dedicated and set apart for the ordinance work to commence. Show more Show less