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Hi I'm Mark Ekelund

I'm responsible for the use of technology in my school district. More importantly I'm a father and a grandfather. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am happily married with 4 children and 6 grandchildren. I have worked as a teacher for over 30 years, most of the time coordinating the technology for my school district. Before that I taught Math and Physics. I have also worked as a pilot and an engineer. While I was raised in the church, I left for a few years but started attending again before I married my lovely wife almost 34 years ago.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that God loves me and has created a way for me to be with my family forever. My family is so important to me and I have found that the teachings of the church have brought me and my family so much happiness. I have always found that Mormons are caring and supportive so much so that I feel I have a worldwide family and wherever I go I will find wonderful people who share my beliefs. Everything I read in the scriptures and hear from the Mormon church leaders just makes so much sense to me. It gives me comfort and acts as a foundation for my life.

How I live my faith

I just do what I can to be a good person. I love and support my wife and children. Together, we have done our best to teach them to be good people and to follow the teachings of Christ. We both have served in a wide variety of positions in our church and have gained much from this service. At the moment I teach lessons about the scriptures to a group of 9 teenagers every morning before school. I find associating with these young people makes my day go a little bit better. My wife works with the women of the church in our area, organizing learning opportunities and service projects. We live our faith joyfully. We get so much out of it. We consider ourselves to very blessed.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Mark Ekelund
 I suppose because we are highly committed to our faith. It is central to our lives, so that may be almost like a cult. On the other hand we are active members of our communities and the places we work and have many good friends that are not members of our church. That doesn't sound much like a cult. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Mark Ekelund
No. My brother did but I didn't. My son and one of my daughters served missions but my other two daughters didn't. It is a great opportunity and I would encourage a mission, but it isn't required. My wife and I hope to serve a mission together when I retire. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Mark Ekelund
Absolutely! Without a doubt! My family lives our lives based on the belief that we will be together forever. It makes our relationship here so much more important knowing it will last forever. This knowledge encourages us to put just a bit more effort into our family relationships, and allows to get so much more happiness out of our family life. I love my family so much I can't imagine being without them! Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Mark Ekelund
No. I think it transcends political parties. I have often served together with a group of members, some of which were very conservative and some were labour leaders. I found that when serving together we lost those labels and just became brothers and sisters. You will find church members from all over the political spectrum, but we work well together because we know we are all children of God. Show more Show less