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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a pilot, I play hockey, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in the suburbs close by. While going to college I attended a local flight school and fell in love with flying. My first job as a pilot took me away from my home and family to live in the state of Minnesota. At first the extreme cold and distance from my family was saddening. Two things came together to help me through this. First, the relationships I developed with my friends through church helped me to overcome the distance from my family. Second, the opportunity to play ice hockey for the first time-a sport which I have always loved-helped me survive the cold, dark winters of the north. A few years after moving I met my wonderful wife. We do not have any children yet, but we look forward to the day when we will expand our family.

Why I am a Mormon

By the time I was in high school I was looking for more spirituality in my life. I tried relentlessly to find that within my belief structure at the time. I was introduced to the church by a friend during my senior year, and I realized I had found what I was looking for. As I took the missionary discussions, I realized that everything that was being taught sounded so familiar. I found that I already believed in many of the gospel principles, some of which were not doctrine I was taught as a child. For example, it was always my understanding that families would be together in the next life; however, the ordinances required to seal families together are only found through the true priesthood restored by Joseph Smith. Imagine my amazement when this was taught to me. I had found a faith that explains this basic human desire to be with family. Not only is it explained, but a way is provided to ensure we remain together for eternity through the ordinances of the temple. This was the first seed of my testimony. Over the years it has grown, and continues to do so daily. We are given knowledge one bit at a time, as we are ready. I'm thankful the Lord has led me to His church. It has brought me great joy and has led me to my greatest blessing, my wife. We have had the opportunity to be married for time and eternity in the temple which has been the greatest blessing of my life.

How I live my faith

I try to live everyday remembering who I am and why I am here. I strive to read and study the scriptures daily. My wife and I read on the same schedule so we can discuss what we've learned, so we can learn from each other. I teach a class of adult men in church approximately once a month. The lessons are on varying gospel topics that follow a church wide schedule. Twice a month, my wife and I volunteer our time in our local temple. There we assist in performing sacred ordinances on behalf of the living and the dead.