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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a dentist. I'm happily married. I'm the father of three sillly little kids. Oh, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm just a regular guy who loves life and the people in it. I'm married to a wonderful woman who loves me and we have two kids that brighten our lives. One of my greatest joys is walking in the front door after school and hearing two enthusiastic shouts of "Daddy's home!" I then know it's a matter of milliseconds before they'll turn the corner and make a bee-line into my outstretched arms. Being a dental student is great for the most part. The demands of school have forced me to re-evaluate my priorities and be creative in finding ways to balance them. Waking up at 4:30 AM to study isn't ideal, but it allows me to spend most evenings hanging out with the family; definitely worth the sacrifice. I'm kind of a sports-nut, so it goes without saying that I'm thrilled my four-year-old boy likes to play sports too! I promised myself that I'd never push him into one of my hobbies against his will, but so far it hasn't even come up. Just about every night we're in the basement shooting hoops, or outside playing soccer, tee-ball, or football. My two-year-old girl is just the sweetest little thing (most of the time :) At random times throughout the day she'll say, "I love you daddy" which just melts my heart. When she sees a picture of Jesus at church she says matter-of-factly, "Jesus loves me." It's a challenge to teach children about the gospel in terms they can understand, but it's very gratifying to see it slowly become a part of their everyday lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon for two reasons. First, I asked God in prayer if the Book of Mormon was true, and he answered! I spent many hours reading this book and many more in prayer pleading with God to tell me if it, in fact, was true. I'll never forget that October night when a warm feeling entered my heart as I awaited his response. The Spirit of God testified to me that night and I know he will do the same to anyone who has a sincere desire to know. Secondly, I've become such a happy and fulfilled person by following Jesus Christ and his church. The beauty of the gospel is that the harder I try to obey, the more God blesses me, and the happier I become. This church, which contains a fullness of the Gospel allows me the opportunity to receive all of God's blessings for me. The result is a peace, joy, and contentment that I haven't found elsewhere. I'm just a happy person and can handle the trials thrown my way, because I know if I do my part, Heavenly Father will take care of the rest. That's his promise, and I can say without hesitation that he's never failed me.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by being an example of Jesus Christ to those around me. I'm far from perfect, but I try hard to use clean language, be honest in school, be fair to others, and extend a hand to those in need. It's also very important to me to keep the Sabbath Day holy. This, at times, can feel like a sacrifice as it means putting aside things that are fun and/or important to me (ie. homework, sports, working out...etc.) I've found that the blessings I receive from giving proper reverence to the Lord's Day, far outweigh anything I might be missing out on. I love the church because it's helping me become a better person. That is the purpose of the church after all, to give us all opportunities to become more like Christ. As we become more Christlike, we're simply preparing to return and live in His and our Heavenly Father's presence. I've been given many opportunities to do this as a member of the church. Currently, I help oversee the men's organization in our area and am able to organize service projects, visit members, teach sunday school lessons, and oversee group activities. I cherish the opportunity to build relationships with other members of the church. I've yet to find a stronger relationship building activity than performing service alongside others. I have strengthened multiple friendships while raking leaves, shoveling snow, and unloading moving trucks.