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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a Mormon. I work as a public accountant and as a scout leader

About Me

I have lived in Georgia since 1963. Prior to that, my father was a National Park ranger, so we moved around a lot. After one semester at BYU, I returned to Georgia, to be with my high school sweetheart and completed my accounting degree at a southern univiersity, in 1975. Earning my CPA certificate in 1977, I have been in business as a sole practicing accountant since 1983. My wife and I have been married since 1972 and have four grown children and four grandchildren, and have lived in the Atlanta area since 1979. I enjoy snow skiing at southern resorts and building projects, including three houses and most recently, a large addition to our house.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents and grandparents, back to 1840 have been members of the Church. I have always felt that the gospel was true, but was not truly converted until I taught children in Primary classes. The facet of the gospel that means the most to me is my eternal marriage. JoAnne and I were married in the Salt Lake temple, not "till death do you part", but for "time and all eternity".

How I live my faith

I try to be an example of what Jesus Christ would want me to be, patient, loving, compassionate and giving service to others. My CPA practice gives me opportunities to help people with financial problems and give others direction on how to improve their lives. I have enjoyed discussing with clients of other faiths, the things we have in common. Occasionally, I have the chance to answer questions about the gospel and clear up misconceptions.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Mormons are not required to serve missions. Both of my brothers served missions, one to Germany and the other to Bolivia. When I was nineteen years old, the usual age to serve a mission, I considered it, but I was so in love with my high school sweetheart, that I decided to get married instead. We married in the Salt Lake temple, when I was twenty years old and she was seventeen. We have now been married for thirty-nine years and have four living children, and four grandchildren, with another on the way. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

We are on earth to gain a body, to be tested and to obtain our saving ordinances, such as baptism. Show more Show less