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Hi I'm Mark

I'm an outdoors enthusiast, guitarist, a Hoosier. I'm in New england and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in southern Indiana. I have spent most of my life in love with most all sports, mostly basketball. I went through a stage in high school in where I wanted to be the best at everything possible so I picked out a ton of things to try to get good at. Because of that I picked up rock-climbing, slacklining, the guitar, drums, piano... you name it, I've tried it. I have spent some time all around the country including some time right now in New England spreading the good news of the church as a missionary of the New Hampshire Manchester Mission. When I was 9 years old I was diagnosed with diabetes which has really taught me a lot of lessons about not taking things for granted. I am currently a college student studying computer science and love nearly every minute of life! I am the youngest of 5 kids with the best parents on the planet.   

Why I am a Mormon

A big reason as to why I am a member of the church is because of my parents. They raised me in the church and have taught me how to be a decent person. As most people do, however, I had to learn for myself whether or not the things that I had been taught were true or not. There was a time in my teens when I was really pretty rebellious to what I had been taught and I thought that I liked the way things were going. One day I was able to realize though that the things I was doing was never, ever going to make me happy. I came across a scripture that really let me know that "wickedness never was happiness" Alma 4110. That really opened my eyes and made me want to figure out, for myself, if that was true. I then continued my study which went a long way in helping me feel the Spirit of our Lord. I worked hard at repenting of my rebellious youth and realized that the feelings of the Spirit or Holy Ghost that I had felt was just a very small taste of what my Heavenly Father wanted for me. I eventually came across a quote from a latter-day prophet named Ezra Taft Benson which really helped give me a determination to do whatever it takes to let the Lord bless me throught obedience to His commandments. I'll paraphrase the quote because I don't remember it word for word but he says, Nothing is going to startle us more, when we pass through the veil meaning to die, to the other side, than to realize how well we know our Heavenly Father, and to see how familiar His face is to us. That has always given me a huge determination to follow the example of the Savior, Jesus Christ. 

How I live my faith

Currently I live my faith by praying every morning, night, and at meals. Trying to see what the Lord would have me do to become a better person/son of God. I also try to study the gospel as best I can because in a revalation to Joseph Smith we learn that when we study things out in our minds and pray about them, if they are true then God will send His Spirit to testify of that truth to us See D&C 98-9. Another big way I live my faith is by sharing it with everyone that I can, and praying to know who to share my faith with. 

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

The doctrine of grace is an interesting topic. The Bible at times seems pretty clear that nothing but the grace of the Lord will save us, such as in Romans. There are other times in the New Testament where the Bible is quite vocal about needing works along with that grace, such as James. Here are my thoughts on the matter. The Lord expects each of us to do all that we can to follow the commandments to enable Him to bless us more fully. However, we can do everything possible to be as perfect as can be and still not be saved without the grace of Jesus Christ. With that thought I will just quote a scripture from the Book of Mormon that sums up my answer to the question. "For we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do." 2 Nephi 2523  Show more Show less