Hi I'm Mark
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 has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
When ever I get into a regular habit of reading the Book of Mormon my whole life seems better. It is incredible how reading it just for a few minutes each day takes you to a higher level. You still have the every day things of life to deal with, but they seem easier to deal with and less stressful. A key thing that reading the Book of Mormon does for me is helps me enjoy the influence of the Holy Ghost so much more in my life, this helps me make better decisions, makes me more patient with others and generally a better person. (people of other faiths may know the Holy Ghost as the Holy Spirit or Spirit of God). Knowing that the Book of Mormon is the word of God also enables me to understand the rest of the teachings we receive through the church organisation, and that we have a living Prophet who receives instruction directly from Jesus Christ who is at the head of the church, so I know that any instruction I am getting is what the Lord would have me know and I have confidence that what I am trying to achieve is in harmony with What God Himself wants.
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.