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Hi I'm Mark

I grew up in a strong family. I have a wonderful family now and great friends. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband, father, and grandfather. I am a statistician by trade and I enjoy my work. I also love to golf, ride bicycles on mountain trails, and be with my family. I grew up in a family of 6 children and have great memories of hunting and fishing trips with my Dad, camping and sight-seeing trips with the whole family and generally feeling loved by my family. I enjoyed many family reunions with my Dad's side of the family and as a result I also have great memories of times with cousins, aunts and uncles. I am married to a sweet and wonderful person and together we have three children and three grandchildren. We enjoy the time we get to be with them all and so far they all still live close by. We enjoy traveling and doing things together.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a long line of Mormons. Ancestors on both my father and mother's side of the family came across the plains with the Mormons when they left Illinois on their way out west. I was raised a Mormon but had to decide for myself what course I would follow. As the youngest of six siblings I saw the choices my older brothers and sisters made. Only one of my five siblings chose to remain active in the Mormon faith. I decided I needed to know for myself what I should do. I attended church, read the Book of Mormon, and prayed about what I was learning. One day while praying I had the most wonderful feeling I have ever had in my heart that God loved me, that He had restored His church on earth through Joseph Smith and that the Book of Mormon was His word. Since that day I have tried to follow the teachings of the Savior and the prophet and be the kind of person God would want me to be. I have had many other experiences confirming that first testimony and helping me keep on the path I have chosen. I thank God for the testimony and impressions He has blessed me with. It has made all the difference in my marriage and family. I am grateful to my parents and ancestors for their faithfulness and for the sacrifices they made to follow the Savior and their leaders. Because of them I had the opportunity to be raised as a Mormon, but I am also grateful that I made the effort to find out for myself what is true. I have friends and family members that did not gain a testimony of their own and when temptations came they did not have the strength to resist following the crowd and doing things that have lead them away from the Savior and His teachings.

How I live my faith

I decided early on that the people who made a difference in my life where not the people who sat around watching TV every night. The people who made a difference were the people who coached and taught; they were scout masters and neighbors who took the time to talk with me. As a result I have coached soccer and basketball. I served in Boy Scout positions for most of my adult life and have served in my church as a teacher and counselor. I try to treat others at work and in the community as I want to be treated. I try to make sure that my language and actions at work and with my family reflect my faith in Jesus Christ. I hope that people know that I am a Christian by the way I treat them and others.