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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 54 years old. I live in Gauteng Province South Africa. I have 4 children and two grandchildren. I have been a member of the LDS Church for 26 years. My parents live on our property and I love to have them close by. I have a sister in Colleyville, Texas and a brother who also lives in a flatlet with his two sons on our property. My original hometown is Cape Town South Africa. I love playing squash, guitar and spending time with my family. My grandson, is an active 7 year old whom we have adopted. We love to wrestle, swim and spend time together. My granddaughter is 4 years old and lives close by. We love her lots and get to see her every other weekend. My eldest son, 29 and lives in Hermanus in the Cape where he is a fitness instructor. My next son, 22 is married and lives in Ogden Utah where he is studying Business at BYU University. He is married to a lovely American and they live in Provo. My youngest son is currently serving a mission for our church in the Cape Coast, Ghana. All my boys are keen rugby players. My daughter is 15 going on 16 is a busy young lady. She is in grade 10 and loves people, singing and playing any kind of games with her family and friends. My wife Debbie is originally from Zimbabwe where her family still reside. We met through a church convention and were married 20 years ago. Our favorite thing to do as a family is have fun together barbecuing around the pool.

Why I am a Mormon

From a young age I felt a desire to draw closer to God, whom I somehow knew was out there. However, over the years I could not find him in the various churches I attended and philosophies of the world I studied looking for truth. At the age of 28, after a divorce, I found myself questioning my life and future with my son. I was blessed to meet a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He invited me to a meeting with the missionaries at his home. I felt a wonderful feeling of calm settle over me as we discussed beliefs that night. The missionaries invited me to read a pamphlet on the Restored Church and prayerfully consider if it was true, which I agreed to do. A few days later before retiring to bed I knelt down to pray and asked Heavenly Father to help me know if what the missionaries had shared with me was true. I then sat on my bed and bagan reading the pamphlet. I got to a part in the pamphlet which read; "and God speaks to his children today through Prophets and Apostles..". As I read this I felt the most incredible feeling of love wash over me and infuse my understanding with the knowledge that it was true. What a blessing to receive an answer from a loving Heavenly Father through His Spirit. I was baptised shortly thereafter and began discovering additional truth's and blessings of living the gospel. The greatest blessing of all is the joy of knowing what my Heavenly Father wants me to do and learn and where it is to be found. To be able to categorically know what truth is and to teach your children those truths is the best feeling of security one can have in this life.

How I live my faith

Members of our various church units called wards or branches are called by leaders, through inspiration, to serve in various ways. Most often the person serving, learns and is blessed the most by this service. There are no paid clergy in our church which runs entirely on the efforts of faithful members. I have served in many different callings in my 26 years as a member. My most recent calling is as a counselor to the Stake President of our Stake. All men are assigned families to watch out for and visit once per month. We grow to love others as we serve them. I am fortunate to be able to go on these visits with my 14 year old nephew, giving me an opportunity to teach him and spend time together as we serve. In our homes we have a responsibility to teach our children. We do this in two main ways; Our weekly Family Home Evening, where we have a lesson presented by various members of the family, refreshments and a game on Monday evenings, and in our daily prayers and reading together as family.