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Hi I'm Mark

I have survived a divorce and cancer. I'm a Spanish teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a home that included my divorced mom and a loving step-father. My parents do not belong to the LDS faith. They did take me to church with them when I still lived with them and I learned that God is real. I joined the LDS church at age 14 when my brother suggested I listen to the missionaries. I eventually went on a mission for two years in Argentina. Upon my return, I earned a college degree, married and started my family. I wish I could say my life has been easy, but it has not been. I went through a divorce. Eventually I remarried a wonderful woman. Our life together has been a journey of challenges and blessings. I realize that membership in the LDS church does not stop challenges from coming. Because of my faith, I believe I was able to cope with my divorce and cancer with added strength and guidance that I would not have had if I was not a member of this church Because I went on a mission and speak Spanish I was able to study for, and become a high school Spanish teacher. In the summer months I love to be outdoors in nature. My wife and I backpack, camp and canoe with youth from the church, by ourselves, and with friends. I love what I do.

Why I am a Mormon

I originally investigated the LDS church at the invitation of my older brother who had joined the church. I felt happy when I listened to the missionaries and attended church. This is how the spirit speaks to me. My brother baptized me when I was ready to join the church. I served a mission for my savior. On that mission I had many spiritual experiences that reinforced my little testimony and it has grown ever larger. I gained a trust in the Lord during my mission for I had to do many things which were not always easy. My testimony continues to grow day by day, prayer by prayer, experience by experience. Heavenly Father continues to show His love for me and my family when I listen to His spiritual promptings and follow the answers to my prayers.

How I live my faith

I work in a public school and cannot preach to my students or faculty. I try to be an example of a Christian and do what Christ would do if He were in my situation. It is not always easy or convenient. I try to live the same way when I am not at school. Helping others, especially when they do not ask but have a real need, makes me feel good inside. I find that the more I live the commandments, read scripture and pray, the closer I feel to God. I truly believe that He IS my Father in Heaven. I not only believe in God, I believe what He taught us. Being like our Saviour is a challenge and I cannot come close to how he lived, but I keep trying and He keeps encouraging me. When I do, I feel His love.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Mark
As Mormons we do not worship Joseph Smith but we respect him for his contributions to the restoration of God's church to the earth again. We are grateful for his efforts to live a life of example and faith. He was called to be the first Prophet in our day by Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Mark
 A ward is a church congregation of about 200 - 400 people. A branch is a smaller congregation when there are not that many people who are members. A stake is an organizational term for a grouping of wards. There are people who serve for the entire stake, meaning all the wards within that stake. Show more Show less