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Hi I'm Mark Hawkes

I watch with awe as my children grow. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I do a little bit of everything--fix it, grow it, build it, write it--though none of it all too well. I've been happily married to a wonderful woman for 24 years. We have five children ages 7 to 21. I am a university professor of educational psychology and technology. I like to play ball, just about any type, and it's a bonus when I get to play with my kids. I coach, do scouting, and volunteer for worthy causes as best as I can.

Why I am a Mormon

I would probably loathe the man I would be if not for the gospel. I think I have some self-centered tendencies which activity in the gospel of Jesus Christ helps me mitigate. I desire to be a compassionate, service-centered human being and walk in the shadow of the Savior, and this is the path I know will take me to Him.

How I live my faith

There's not a single thing that I do or say that is not first filtered through the lens of my faith. I am grateful for those constraints on my behavior, as it makes for the value-driven life I strive to live. Besides my faith, my family is the most significant thing I have in this world. I have learned life altering things from each of them youngest to oldest. One of the joys of my life is working with the youth of the region. I do this as a teacher of college students, I love their open minds and curiosity for life. I also interact with youth in eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota in a pastoral role. The youth of the church are not without their challenges. But they are an extraordinary group, and the common ground of the gospel gives us a close and common identity. The time that I spend behind the wheel to get from congregation to congregation is well worth the comaraderie I feel with the teens of the stake.