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Hi I'm Mark

I Was Questioning God's Existence, and Then He Led Me to This Church

About Me

Many interests when I was in my teens, including playing drums in garage bands, backcountry backpacking trips, and cross country running in high school and college. Now my interests are my wife and two teenage sons, our dogs (two dachshunds and a sheltie), and trying to live honestly, simply and purposefully.

Why I am a Mormon

I wasn't a member of the LDS Church until I was 20 years old. Many things that happened in those 20 years taught me that God is real, but I made choices in my teenage years that disconnected me from feeling His love like I did when I was a young child. This caused me to start searching for a foundation of true principles to build my life on, or put in another way, for truths that are real and unchanging. That desire became the driving motivation for almost everything I did in my late teens. I remember sometime not long after I turned 20, sitting in the backyard one day, feeling very empty. I prayed to God, not completely sure anymore if He was real, but wanting to believe. I asked Him to send me a chance, if He felt I was prepared, to receive pure truth that was from Him (which is different from the ever changing "truths" in the world that we hear today but then they change tomorrow.) I had forgotten the prayer a couple of weeks later, when two Mormon missionaries knocked on my door. They wanted to share a message about God and his son Jesus with me. They seemed to be sincere, so I asked them a couple of questions, and their answers fed my hungry soul. They left a pamphlet for me to read, and asked if they could come back in a few days to answer any questions I might have. When the missionaries came back they answered my questions, and they gave me a copy of the Book of Mormon. I read it, and even though there were many things I didn't understand at the time, the things I did understand started to fill my soul with spiritual light and truth. I accepted the missionaries' invitation to learn more, and there were times while they were teaching me that I felt a powerful feeling of peace and faith and God's love. I decided to be baptized, and went on an LDS mission to Buenos Aires, Argentina a year and a half later. God answered my prayer in the backyard many years ago (and many since then), and I know that He will answer your honest prayers as you seek Him.

How I live my faith

In our local congregation (ward), I currently assist our pastor (Bishop) as one of his two counselors. All of the members who are invited to serve in the ward do so voluntarily. It is a humbling experience to participate in building God's kingdom, and to see so many people doing so much for a cause outside of their own personal interests. No matter what a person is doing to serve God, when service is done willingly without thought for personal reward, God smiles upon him or her, and that person comes to know our Heavenly Father better.