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Hi I'm Mark

"I love my family, being a grandfather and I enjoy an occasional triathlon. I'm a Mormon."

About Me

I thrive on being with my Wife, five grandchildren and in preparing for athletic events. As a software consultant I travel to many cities across the nation enjoying the best of all and in constantly meeting new people. Sunday's are special days for me and I look forward to being close to God and the spirit as I serve and learn with others. I am an early riser and spend most of my early mornings swimming, running and biking in preparation for 1 to 3 half ironman events (triathlons) that occur each year in the Pacific Northwest.

Why I am a Mormon

In 1976, at the age of 19, I was challenged to communicate with God (for real). Prayer wasn't exactly something new to me but it wasn't something that I put much stock in. For the most part it was a one way endeavor done with borrowed words, little intent and a general lack of expectation on my behalf. My feelings were that God was someone who you could talk to but He really didn't have anything he wished to communicate to me. So I really hadn't expended the effort into previous attempts and in actuality I saw no need for it in my life. Then came the missionaries who shared a story about a 14 year old (Joseph Smith) who wanted to know which church he should join. The end result was that he came to know God personally. He learned that not only could he talk to God but that both Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ cared about him enough to respond to his prayer by way of a visit. That visit made sense to me. The missionaries invited me to pray about that experience and about the Book of Mormon which I had started to read. The answer was "It's True"!. In other words that God lives, loves me and cares about me enough to show me the way. He revealed truth to me! It changed everything in my life. It gave me purpose, eternal purpose. It turned things away from me and toward serving God. The results were many. I served a mission, I found a loving companion and spouse. We were blessed with three wonderful children and at present 5 grandchildren. We still struggle like everyone does but knowing God's words through the scriptures and through the spoken word (prophets and apostles) brings answers, comfort, solutions and peace.

How I live my faith

One of my goals is to be aware of those in need of service. However, I believe God knows best how my talents should be utilized and I am glad for the organization of the church as it is His way to ensure the best good is performed by those who profess to be his servants. He has called my wife and I to be Missionaries and Family History Consultants. I find it hard to keep my mouth shut about the gospel so anything that allows me to teach truth is enjoyable. With God I have found a plan for balance. I try to work daily on my spiritual, physical and mental health. I am a slow learner but I enjoy learning so I start my day with a prayer (it softens me up so God can teach me). Then I read clips from The Book of Mormon, Bible and one other book. Then on everything else I try to follow my wife's lead as she is the most God like person I know.

What is the priesthood?

Mark
God's way of organizing opportunities to bless and love his children. Show more Show less

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

Mark
He is our elder brother who was chosen to represent us to the Father. He lived a perfect life, showed us how to obey and follow the Father's will. Then he willingly gave up his own life for our sins. He died so that we might be whole and so that we could live forever with Father again. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Mark
We can come to know our Father by contemplating His actions and every evidence we have of Him. There are scriptures that talk about Him and His family and also those who followed Him. All these things are witnesses of Him. However, the best way to know God the Father is to seek after Him. Pray to Him and find out that He knows you, loves you and wants to be a big part of your life. In doing so you will learn His will for you. That is when the truth starts coming and the light of that truth reveals a Father who is all powerful, all knowing and all loving. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Mark
Temples are sacred places where spouses and families are sealed together for all eternity. Temples bring God's choicest blessings to those who follow his message of eternal possibilities. A temple is a place of peace and purity where God and man can agree on special promises or covenants. God keeps his promises! When we keep our end of the agreement the end result is beyond earthly compensation. Temples help us realize the eternal consequences of sealed couples living with their children in our Heavenly Father's presense, forever! Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Mark
Jesus Christ is the founder of this church, which bears his name. The church was started by Him and after a period of apostasy was restored by him in 1830. Show more Show less