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Hi I'm Mark

I work for a national non-profit, I'm dad to a beautiful girl with Down syndrome, and I really like pie. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

l travel throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico working with Head Start programs (health and education services to children from low-income families). I love being a dad to two beautiful girls. My youngest has Down syndrome. I like trying to do triathlons (short sprint triathlons in which I'm usually in the bottom half of the standings). I really like chocolate pie (which is probably why I'm always in the bottom half of the standings at triathlons). I'm happily married and live in Utah.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a typical middle class home. My dad worked with computers - my mom at a local hospital. My parents taught me to love Jesus Christ. Since I was a boy I had faith in Him and prayed regularly. Now that I am married with a family of my own, I see how faith in Jesus Christ blesses my life and my family. We are happy. Life isn't always easy, but our faith and participation in the church helps ground us, give us healthy perspective and make us better people.

How I live my faith

My family prays together every day. We read the Bible and the Book of Mormon together. We sing songs about Jesus. These little things add up to create a special spirit in our home. It helps us feel closer together as a family.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Mark
I am a bishop in the church. A bishop is the local leader of a congregation, called a ward. There are close to 30,000 local congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spread throughout the word. Bishops usually serve for five or more years, and then someone else is asked to serve in that role. All members of the church are asked to serve in volunteer assignments: some teaching children, some working with youth: one of these assignments is serving as bishop. I volunteer my time as a bishop, while still working full-time in my career. It can get busy, but I love being able to help the members of my ward. I try to support children and youth to develop faith, I provide welfare assistance to members experiencing financial struggles, I provide counseling to couples struggling in their marriages, and as best as I can I try to help members dealing with various challenges. It is a very busy, but rewarding opportunity to serve. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Mark
The church supports individuals and families to be self-sufficient. We all know that times can be rough due to unforeseen circumstances like unemployment or medical bills. The church has a system to provide temporary assistance to families in need. The assistance is administered through a local bishop. As a bishop myself, I help assess a family's needs, help them identify available resources, and when necessary, help provide access to food or other critical assistance. Food is available through a bishop's storehouse which is like a small grocery store that has food from church farms and production facilities, all run by volunteers. Other welfare funds are available through donations members make through fasting. Each month, members fast two meals and donate the funds they would have spent on food to the church. As a bishop, I can use these funds to help cover immediate needs members have and help them get through a tough time. Show more Show less