Hi I'm Mark
As a counselor I love working with family relationships to help couples and other family members accomplish their goals to improve their relationships. I am blessed with a wonderful marriage and happy relationships with my four children. I hope to help others be happy in their relationships, too. I also enjoy woodworking, beekeeping, and gardening.
Why I am a Mormon
At age 14 I read the Book of Mormon cover to cover and found it stirred up tender feelings for Jesus Christ in a way I had never experienced before. I continue to read the Book of Mormon daily because it helps me understand our Savior and His Gospel in a deeply personal way. I then try to live the kind of life He taught us to live. I make mistakes, but I keep trying. I am thankful to know that "it is by grace we are saved after all we can do." I know my Redeemer lives and that through him we will all be resurrected some day.
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
In 1991 I was called up to active duty in the US Air Force to respond to Desert Storm. I did not want to leave my family, but I felt a sense of duty to respond to the call. It was a very emotionally poignant time for me and my family, consisting of my wife and 4 young children. We all cried as I left, as I didn't know where I would end up or how long I would be gone. But knowing we were sealed to each other in the temple and that we would be together in the next life, if worthy, was a great comfort and strength to us. I went forth with faith and felt calmed by the Spirit of God. I experienced similar comfort at an incredibly trying time, when we thought we might lose our 4 year-old son in a severe accident.
How I live my faith
I love to work at our church welfare farm. We have a farm where we all go out and prune in the winter and pick fruit in the summer. The fruit is then preserved and sent around the world as a part of the church humanitarian aid mission. I love being a small part of such a large effort. I also love participating in our local "Helping Hands" community service projects. But the most important way I live my faith is in building quality loving relationships one at a time.