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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and father with a great wife and five wonderful kids. I'm a financial advisor by profession and spend my free time coaching youth sports and spending time in my garden.

Why I am a Mormon

Back in high school I lost my best friend to cancer. I really didn't have much religious background and my life was quite involved in sports. When Kevin died, I saw something in Kevin's family that I couldn't quite understand. They were sad at his death, but they didn't act like that was the end. For me, to this day, the hardest thing I've ever done was place the flower from my suitcoat onto Kevin's casket at his funeral/burial. I was devastated, and it made me wonder if there was something more to life than turning double plays or returning punts. I looked into a number of religions including the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and through study and prayer came to believe the Mormon Church was the true church on the earth. My dad refused to allow me to join the Church at that time and so I had to wait for two years before I joined the Church. although my dad was disappointed when I joined the Church, I didn't have to choose between my family and the Church. A year after joining the Church I gave up a baseball dream to serve a mission to Madrid Spain. My dad wrote me one letter during that two years which summed up his feelings about me being in the Church. He wrote, "I don't believe in what you're doing, but I believe in you." I'm so grateful that I found the Church. I had a great life BEFORE joining the Church, it has just opened up so many other opportunities for me. I know now where I came from before this life, why I'm here now, and where I'm going after this life. I know Kevin's death wasn't the end and that I'll be able to renew that friendship again after this life, and that I'll be able to live with my wife and family eternally if I do my part while in this earth life. I'm not perfect, but I'm trying to be better and learn to be more like my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that He lives and loves me and is my biggest fan as I work on things in this life.

How I live my faith

I love to work with the youth and although my current calling/responsibility is administrative in scheduling appointments, setting up agendas for meetings, putting together calendars, etc., it has taught me a great deal and I work with incredible people. I have a testimony that it's where the Lord would have me serve at this time and I'm learning so much from this assignment. I love to be able to visit other families and develop friendships as I home teach. I'm kind of a "home body" by nature and am not really into lots of crowds and parties but I so much enjoy socializing with people who share my values and beliefs. My work sometimes requires attending social events and they're so different. I see real joy and lasting relationships through my Church associations whereas so many work activities are just surface relationships where so often I feel people have alterior motives. I serve on a school accountability board and coach youth sports teams and hope that how I coach and teach and serve in any capacity is consistent at all times with my beliefs. I'm not afraid to stand up for or share my beliefs when asked by others and I believe firmly that there are some concrete truths and values that can't be changed by votes or because those values aren't "popular". I think it's important to be the same person Mon. through Sat. as I am on Sunday. I've heard it said to be careful how we live because we may be the only Bible or religion book some people ever read...I think that's a good measuring stick in maintaining integrity between my professed beliefs and how I live my life. Living in the Church takes time and at times sacrifice, but the rewards are so worth it. As I told my dad many times when he questioned whether or not the Church was true...I know the Church is true, but even if it wasn't it's given me a wonderful life and wonderful experiences and friends. I'm so grateful for my membership in the Church. It's made me a much better person.