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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a Mormon. I live in the north of England.

About Me

I work in sales, married for 25 years to Helen, a Practice Nurse at a doctor's surgery. I have three children, all away from home - married, university, and one son serving a full time mission for our church. I play electric guitar in a band with one other member of our church and two guys who are not, we play seventies rock music and anything else that we like.

Why I am a Mormon

Being born into a Mormon family helps! But I am a Mormon because I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God. Even though I was brought up within the Mormon church I still wanted to know for myself - after all, committing to live the rest of your life a certain way without a good reason seemed pointless. Through reading the Book of Mormon on the bus while I travelled to work each morning when I was 18, I just knew that it was what it claimed to be: The word of God and a witness for Jesus Christ. Once I was sure, that was it - decision made.

How I live my faith

I am just an ordinary individual, you wouldn't pick me out of a crowd for any reason at all. In the ward (Latter Day Saint term for congregation) I attend, for the past two years I have been asked to give my time as the Ward Clerk. Other Christian churches may call this position a Church Warden. I look after the records and finances of the ward and assist the Bishop in anyway he asks. However, I think that more important than any position we may hold within the church, it is how we treat our fellow human beings. I think that every day kindness and looking for opportunities to be selfless are very important. Just finding an opportunity to help some one in even a small way is all part of living my religion. I have also for many years taught Sunday School classes at church, which has been very enjoyable. Once a month I visit members of our congregation with a friend who is assigned by our Bishop to work with me in ensuring the several families we are asked to visit are well and happy and not in need of anything. If they are, we try to help. This work is part of a world wide activity carried out within the church. For myself, my assignment includes visiting a few widows. When Jesus carried out his earthly ministry he always had a special care for the widows, I try to remember that. Other than that I just try to be a better person in my day to day life. Not to be better than any one else, but in some small way to make the world a better place.

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

Mark
The temple is open to anyone who qualifies themselves to enter. To enter the Temple you must have been a faithful member of the church for one year and be keeping the commandments of God to a minimum standard as required by the Lord. Some people deny themselves entrance into the temple because they themselves choose not to live the required standard. There is nothing secret about what happens in the temple, but it is very sacred so we only speak of what takes place there in a reverent manner. To Mormon people, the temple really is the house of God, and it is in the temple we can receive blessings such as being joined as a family not only for this life but for eternity. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Mark
Yes, we teach that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that he died on the cross and on the third day after was resurrected. That he took upon himself all our sins and that upon condition of sincere repentance we are forgiven for them. Through His resurrection we will all be resurrected and through keeping his commandments we can return to live with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Mark
It is a personal knowledge that is received through the Holy Spirit telling us that God is our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ is his son, that Jesus Christ has restored the original authority that he gave his Apostles during his earthly ministry to Prophets and Apostles in our time. That the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only church which carries the Lord's authority to act in his name, and that we are led by Jesus Christ who gives his word to all of us through his current prophet, who at the time I write this is Thomas S Monson. That's it in its basic form. Any one who sincerely seeks this knowledge may ask God in prayer and know for themselves. Show more Show less