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Hi I'm Mark Mendenhall

I'm a university professor and international business consultant. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in New Zealand because my parents were missionaries there until I was almost 14. I went to high school in California, and then served a two year mission in Japan. I graduated from college in 1980 and went on to complete a Ph.D. in organizational psychology. I have been a university professor since 1984. I enjoy following soccer (primarily the Premier League and the Bundesliga), history, travel, genealogy, and studying theology.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a senior in high school I had a series of very personal, spiritual experiences. Through these experiences I came to know that Jesus Christ atoned personally for my sins, and that he died for me. The power of his grace changed me deeply in my heart, and I felt as if I was born again. I have tried since that time to serve Christ, though I have to admit that my weaknesses and imperfections seem to often mute those efforts, rendering them less effective than I would like them to be. By now (I am 58), I would have thought that I would be an effective servant for Him, but I find that I am continually learning, growing, and confronting new areas in my life that I need to work on and develop. I have found that discipleship is a journey, not an event or level of maturity or knowledge that one reaches. And I have found that God is pleased with me -- us -- when we continually desire and try to learn and grow in our spiritual maturity.

How I live my faith

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a lay church; that is, there is no paid ministry -- we all participate and have various responsibilities. During my life I have been a missionary, a youth minister, leader of a congregation, a Sunday School teacher, and a regional leader that assists a number of congregations. Right now my assignment is to look after some of the families in my congregation -- to make sure their needs are met. I have found that many of these responsibilities were right up my alley so to speak, while others were out of my comfort zone. In both cases, I have felt the direction of God as I tried to serve others in these responsibilities. I have found that I feel the reality of God's power and love inside me when I try to serve others in these responsibilities.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Mark Mendenhall
I believe Mormons believe about Jesus Christ the same way I do: I know that Jesus Christ atoned for my sins, and paid the price for the effects of those sins on myself and those I have sinned against. He is my Redeemer. He is my Savior. He was not just a great teacher or a wise sage; he was and is the son of God, the creator of the earth and all things upon it. He came to earth to do his Father's will -- to redeem all people from sin and its effects. I know all of this from personal experiences that are personal and sacred to me. Mormons interpret the Bible to teach that God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are distinct beings, separate in physical identity, and one in purpose. There are plenty of proof-texts in the New Testament to support this view. Obviously, others use scriptures from the New Testament to support their view of a different conception of the Trinity. Theologians can, and likely will continue to argue about the concept of the Trinity; I believe that God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are separate beings who are one in purpose. I have seen God's power and the grace of Christ work within my church, and through members of my church. I have felt the power of the Holy Ghost work through me, from time to time, to bless the lives of others. In summary, I simply know personally that Jesus Christ died for my sins, and through his grace changed my heart. Show more Show less