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Hi I'm Mark

I am a Learning & Development Professional, a game designer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First and foremost I am a husband to an amazing wife and a dad to 2 awesome children who are at Brigham Young University. Born in the USA, I now live in the UK, and have been here for over 22 years. I am a Learning & Development professional, spending a number of years managing the training departments in companies. This gives me the opportunity to help others to learn and develop their talents which is very satisfying. Outside of work and Church responsibilities, other things I love include music, playing the guitar and singing, English football, reading and playing and writing about hobby board games. Board Games you ask? Yes indeed. I love playing hobby board games primarily as its a great way to make friends, and a wonderful way to have fun family experiences. In fact, I have now turned my hand ro designing games, with a card game, Ace of Spies!, published and my next design, Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice, on the way.

Why I am a Mormon

I first heard about the Church over 31 years ago before I married my wife as she was a member since she was a young child. I was curious, especially when I learned about the importance of families in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When I learned about the concept the families could be together forever, I was immediately keen to find out more as I had grown up feeling that family would always be the most important part of my life. We attended church at a local chapel and I met 2 well dressed young men who I found out were missionaries and were responsible to teach those who wanted to learn about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. These wonderfully patient and surprising mature young men (I asked them a number of tough questions) visited with me taught me about the ancient people of the Americas whom I immediately recognized as ancestors of the Mayans and Aztecs about whom I'd studied at school. They gave me a copy of the Book of Mormon and taught me about the restoration of the Gospel through the prophet Joseph Smith. Finally they gave me a challenge to read and pray to Heavenly Father as to whether or not the Book of Mormon was true because if it was, then the rest of what they had taught me was true. Everything depended on knowing that the Book of Mormon was true or not. I woke up early on a Saturday morning and started to read. As I did, I asked Heavenly Father to help me know if the Book of Mormon was true. And to my surprise I felt a strong feeling of reassurance and confirmation that I was doing the right thing; that in fact, the Book of Mormon was true and through joining the Church and striving to live the Gospel I would have the opportunity to achieve my goal of being able to be with my family forever. Since then, I have learned so much! And, I continue to learn. I have been so blessed by my Heavenly Father to have a wonderful wife and children and to have had many opportunities to grow and serve others and develop a strong relationship with him and my elder brother, Jesus Christ. I know that the happiness I have experienced and will continue to have in my life is as a result of having the truth of the Gospel in my life which anchors me in truth, strong values and strength to withstand the challenges in this world.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in a way that is natural to me. I try to be myself and to genuinely be caring, concerned for others, positive and happy. I hope tht this comes through in my attitudes and behavior. I also strive to serve my family and others as a Father, Husband, family member, friend and colleague. I have voluntarily served in a number of Church callings which provides me opportunities to provides service to others and to learn more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am always happy to talk to others about my faith and beliefs and I hope that I live in such a way that I can represent my Savior Jesus Christ in the best possible way.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Coming to Church is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It may seem a little overwhelming at first but please be assured that my own experience as a convert has been that church members are very enthusiastic and welcoming. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

I know that I need my Saviour, Jesus Christ, to make up the difference for my inadequacies. As a human being, I have weaknesses and am a "work in progress". Yet, in order to be able to return home to my Father and be with my family forever in His presence, I know that I must strive to overcome my weaknesses, and repent of my sins. I must try my best, and I know that Jesus Christ, through His Atonement, suffered for my sins. His sacrifice for me allows me to be forgiven if I do my part, and sincerely repent. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

This was a key aspect in my conversion. The family is at the heart of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I was so excited to hear that I could have the opportunity to be with my family forever. We believe that the family unit is key to eternal happiness and that it is the key to living a righteous life. Show more Show less