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Hi I'm Mark

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About Me

27 Years old, I work at a timeshare exchange company and I get paid to send folks on vacation. I recently returned home from a 2 year mission in the Utah Salt Lake City South Mission. I lived all my mortal life thus far in the same North-east corner of Indianapolis, Indiana. I am one of 10 kids, the 3rd oldest, with the oldest two already married with families that will last forever. I currently serve as the 2nd councilor in Elders Quorum, in the Indy YSA branch here in Indianapolis. I enjoy the outdoors, shooting guns, getting to know new people and new customs, and the joy that comes from keeping the commandments of God.

Why I am a Mormon

It is far much more than a way I was brought up. The fact that each one of us has agency which allows us to choose the path we would like, has the most to do with where I am today, and where I plan to be in the future. Although I was raised in the church, was baptized when I was 8, and went to church with my family all of my life that I lived at home... I had not yet recieved a knowledge of the truthfulness of the gospel until about 2 years ago. It was then when I realized that the life I was leading and living was not in harmony with what the Almighty God had in store for me. It was up to me 100% to make that decision to Change my life around, and do the things that he would have me do, and go where he wants me to go. So why am I Mormon? Because I KNOW it's truth from God.

How I live my faith

I pray for Missionary experiences daily. For individuals that I know to ask questions about why I dont hang out in bars, or clubs and get wasted passed the point of comprehension. I trust in the Lord daily to lead me through lifes ups and down.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Mark
A "Testimony" is a very sincere confession of love and truth. When one bears his/her testimony, they share exactly what they believe in, and what they know to be true. When one speaks and bears witness of Holy un-diluted truth, the Holy Ghost is then shed forth to touch the hearts of whom they are addressing to let them know that what they have 'testified' is complete truth. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Mark
The purpose of our assemblies on Sunday is to gather together to hear the word of god, and "join in fasting and mighty prayer in behalf of the welfare of the souls of those who knew not God." (Alma 6:6) However in Temples, " Whenever the Lord has had a people on the earth who will obey his word, they have been commanded to build temples in which the ordinances of the gospel and other spiritual manifestations that pertain to Exaltation and Eternal life may be administered." (Bible Dictionary 'temples') "From Adam to the time of Jesus, ordinances were performed in temples for the living only. After Jesus opened the way for the gospel to be preached in the world of Spirits, ceremonial work for the dead, as well as for the living, has been done in temples on the earth by faithful members of the church. Building and properly using a temple is one of the marks of the true Church in any dispensation, and is especially so in the present day." (Bible Dictionary 'temples') Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Mark
As in any basic Christian faith, in order to become a member, one must be BAPTIZED as a witness before God that they are willing to Take upon themselfs the name of Jesus Christ, Always remember God and Jesus the Christ, and keep fully the commandments that he has given us to better our lives. When Peter the Apostle in Acts 2, taught the individuals to whom he was ministering, they were "Pricked in their hearts" and asked what they should do. Peter Then responded, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and then ye shall recieve the Holy Ghost." (Acts 2:38) They that gladly recieved his words were baptized into the church, even 3,000 of them. And in verse 47, "The Lord added to the church daily such as would be saved." The very easiest way to Be baptized and recieve the Holy Ghost is to meet with Full-time Missionaries. they are ordained ministers of the same Jesus Christ of whom Peter spoke of. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Mark
There is nothing secret that goes on behind the walls and doors of the LDS Temples. There are however Sacred Covenants being made that will ensure our path back to our Father in Heaven. Just as Adam and Eve could not remain in a perfect garden, after partaking of the fruit in which God commanded then not to, so we must also be worthy to be in such a sacred and holy place. Those who hold a current worthy reccomend may enter a Temple and perform ordinances on behalf of them or deceased ones. Thus tying together "The hearts of the children and of the Fathers" by the priesthood power as spoke about in Malachi 4 5-6.  Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Mark
 When Missionaries knock on your door, they will ask to share the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 'Gospel,' meaning 'Good news.' The message consists of the love that God shows for us, and the atoning sacrifice that his Son, Jesus Christ suffered for us, and how the Gospel was once lost, but is now restored through living Prophets and Modern day Apostles that lead us and guide us just as during the primitive church. They will also leave you with commitments that will bless your life, and help prepare a way for you to return to live with God. The Missionaries are able to answer questions that we all seek answers for in our life, ex Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? Where did I come from? What is Gods plan for me? and more. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Mark
It is essential for us to have a Savior because we are all mortal beings that make mistakes. Jesus Christ was the perfect man, and it could only be by a perfect sacrifice that we may be forgivin and have our guilt and sin swept away. That process was called the 'Atonement.' Where the Savior atoned for the sins of the world, and SAVED us from destruction if we will turn to him, so he can cleanse us. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Mark
 Families are the most basic, yet the most important foundation of support in the church. It is with our families that we labor hand in hand to qualify for the kindom of God. It is with our families that we can be together forever. We all have the same loving Father in Heaven that wants all of us to return to live with him. Whether we have a large family or small family, it is ordained of God. We need to protect, love and comfort our family so that we can all be together for the eternities to come.  Show more Show less