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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a food eater, a bolt turner, I like to be different and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town lost in time, just a little ways from the Bonneville Salt Flats. My father is a respecter of old vehicles and was always tinkering on something. I guess I caught that bug. I play with a 1929 Ford model ‘A’, and a 1964 Ford galaxie. I enjoy keeping history alive. Learning about history is great, but living it is better. I grew up as a fifth generation farmer on our family wheat farm. We use the same equipment my great grandfather used. I guess that is another way we keep history alive. I believe we can learn a lot from history. If history repeats its self, why not learn how our predecessors dealt with the same problem and what the outcome was? I am also an outdoors man and a hunter. I spend about as much time outdoors as I do indoors. I love being out away from civilization; being able to be alone with your thoughts in nature. I also love working with my hands. Turning bolts and creating something out of nothing is fueled by my engineeric brain, I guess. I am not too good at following the crowd. I do my own thing, set my own trend and go my own way. I like being a little different. I guess I was raised that way. I am grateful for the experiences I have had, good and bad. They made me the person I am today. If we can’t learn from experiences we are doomed to repeat them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, but that’s not why I am a "Mormon". Thomas Jefferson once said "question with boldness, hold to the truth and speak without fear". I questioned with boldness and I am a "Mormon" because I did. It doesn’t matter if you are raised in the church or a convert, everyone must find out for themselves. We are given the tools and the information, but it's up to us to study, ponder and ask our father in heaven if this is true. I had to make a choice. Should I stick with what I was raised with, or find what was right for me. I spent a lot of time looking and searching. I read and prayed, but got discouraged when nothing came. I decided to read the book I had grown up with, but I still visited other churches as friends invited me. One night while reading Alma 42 the Spirit of the Lord touched me so powerfully I knew without a doubt the Book of Mormon was true scripture from God. If the Book of Mormon was true, the church of Jesus Christ was restored. That is great information, but it doesn’t do much if you don’t act on it. I let the answer I received effect my life every day. My actions and desires are more in accordance with Christ’s teachings because of the answer I recieved.

How I live my faith

We are all subject to our own agency. I live my faith like nobody is watching. I grew up following my dad around trying to learn what he knew. He knew a lot. I asked him questions so I could know what he knew. Some things I had to learn through experiences. I have noticed that some of that applies to life in the real world. I want to know what my Father in Heaven knows. He knows everything. I can study and ask in prayer, but some things we have to learn through experiences.