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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a husband, father, software engineer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love my wonderful wife and two adorable little girls. They are the joy of my life. For a living, I write software, which I really enjoy. I grew up in California with my four older siblings and one younger. My interests include reading books about religion, history, and science. I also enjoy learning about nature, meeting new people, and playing sports and musical instruments. 

Why I am a Mormon

I’m a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because Christ is at the heart of the church. His hand can be seen in it, and his Spirit felt throughout it. The church bears His name its prophets testify of His reality. Its members faithfully seek to follow His example and teachings, and look to Him for salvation. I am convinced that Christ is at its head. I am convinced that he Bible is of God by the spirit that I feel when I read and study it. I feel that same spirit as I read the Book of Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to do what I think the Lord would have me do. This includes treating others with love, studying the scriptures, gathering my family to pray, spending time with my family, and trying to be a good employee. I also love to sing gospel-based songs in choirs. I'm no expert, but I try to sing wherever I have the chance. As a member of the Church, I also live my faith by serving as the secretary to our Bishop. I help him by scheduling his appointments and preparing agenda's for his meetings. 

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Mark
I believe that we can come to know our Heavenly Father, but that there's no quick checklist to accomplish it. I believe that it is a life process that we can get to know Him more and more all throughout life. I think our desire and sincerity play a part in the process. Things that have helped me in this process include getting to know what He has said to us through is prophets by studying the scriptures, praying with trust and faith that He is listening, and trying to recognize His hand and blessings in your daily life. I also feel like I've come to know Him more as I've tried to sincerely practice what is preached in the scriptures.  Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Mark
The LDS scripture dictionary describes grace broadly as the "divine means of help or strength, given through the bounteous mercy and love of Jesus Christ." For me, God's grace best understood when discussed in the context of justice and mercy. When we sin, or break God's laws, justice demands that we are punished, which punishment is ultimately that we cannot return to God's presence, no matter what we do. Christ's suffering and atoned for our sins, opened a path of mercy, where justice is satisfied on behalf of Christ. We are granted His mercy as we exercise faith in Him, which is to follow him and keep His commandments. Being justified, or brought out from under the demands of justice, and sanctified, being cleansed of the effects of broken law through the Holy Ghost, are both gifts available to us because of Christ's mercy. These are gifts of grace. Christ has extended the gift of salvation to those who are faithful and committed to Him. But, no matter how faithful and obedient we are, it is not enough to save us ultimately we need God's grace to be saved. In other words, after all we can do, it's by his grace that we are saved as it's said in the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less