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Hi I'm Mark

I am a Mormon who converted to Church when I was 19 and it was the best discussion I ever made.

About Me

  I am widower who was married to 22 years before my wife passed away. We have 5 children. I lived a very blessed life. There is so much for me to be grateful for. Being a single dad keeps me busy. I like keeping up on current events. I enjoy history. Something I have been fortunate to do is travel. I have been to 49 of the 50 United States. I have been to every continent but Africa and Antarctica. Something that I do every day is write in my journal. I have been doing that since I was 18 and before I became a member of the Church. I also enjoy writing novels, plays and scripts. And my weird hobby is Christmas. I love that season and holiday. Putting up the tree is always a big deal in our home. For me, I am celebrating Christmas the whole year.

Why I am a Mormon

  As a teenager, I questioned if there was a God. My parents took me and my siblings to church. When invited, I attended other churches with friends. I felt nothing. I could tell that they felt something and believed. During my years in high school, I did know three Latter-day Saints. I respected them but knew nothing of their religion. I was a very skeptical youth. I questioned everything. My friends considered me to be “anti-religious”. To me religion seemed more like a club or social organization that shared some values. When I was nineteen, a friend had been invited a mutual LDS friend from high school to hear the missionary discussions. She did not want to do it alone and asked if I would attend with her. I told her that I would. I was only going to attend to support her. At that time, the first missionary discussion started with the story of Joseph Smith. I had heard of Brigham Young but not of this Joseph Smith. The missionaries began telling about the religious fever in upstate New York and how this young boy wanted to know which church to join. They told how confused he was. Then he read a scripture in the New Testament in James chapter 1 verse 5 which told him that if he asked the Lord would answer his prayer. He went off to a grove of trees to pray. The only goal that he had was to find out which church to join. In answer to his prayer, God the Father and His son Jesus Christ appeared to him. As I heard those words that day, I knew with ever fiber of my being that this youth saw those Heavenly beings. I knew that there was a Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ was His son. In my heart, I had a testimony that this boy was called to restore the Lord’s Church to the earth. This was borne witness to me by what I would learn later was the Holy Ghost. My LDS friend’s were shocked that I knew that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the Lord’s restored Church after hearing of Joseph Smith’s first vision. Just as real as the visit of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ was to Joseph Smith, that testimony was burned into my soul, my heart and my mind. To this day, I bear a strong witness of the Prophet Joseph Smith as I know that he was called of God. He restored the Lord’s Church to the earth. By the gift of God, he was able to translate the Book of Mormon. Being a Latter-day Saint has made me a better person. It has been a great blessing in my life, but the reason that I am a member of this Church is because I know that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God.

How I live my faith

  I live my faith one day at a time. Being a Mormon is a way of life.

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

  My wife and I were sealed in the Temple. Because we had this ordinance in the Lord’s Holy House by those who hold His Priesthood, I shall be married to my lovely life for eternity. Our union was not for just this earthly life, it shall go on forever. We will be able to share our love and companionship for evermore. It did not end with her death. Our children will always be our children in this life and the next. Show more Show less