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Hi I'm Mark

I'm an aerospace software engineer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Although I spend my days (and sometimes nights) working on software and with computers, many of the things I enjoy most have nothing to do with technology. I have a passion for food. I'm not too adventurous when it comes to gastronomy, so you won't find me eating outrageous, unique animal organs or anything like that, but I will take risks when it comes to new flavors and cuisines I haven't tried before....I also love comfort food. I have a passion for the written word. This does not simply mean that I love reading (although I do), but I also love calligraphy and writing. When reading I often find myself enchanted by the way something is described or expressed. I am a bibliophile (yeah, I love books) and can spend hours in a bookstore or at a library perusing shelves and stacks. I yearn to fulfill that goal that everyone should have of one day writing a novel. In recent years our family has taken up camping. We enjoy "getting away from it all" and spending a few days away from the daily grind, relaxing in a tent, and putting the cares of the world behind us. I am a husband and father.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a life-time member of this Church and was taught the Gospel since I was a child. I was raised, learning scripture stories (One of my earliest recollections is of sitting with my family and re-enacting the story of Daniel and the Lion's Den). As I grew up my eyes were opened to world that wasn't always good. Political unrest around the world, politics, economic chaos, and natural disasters concerned me as I became an adult. The idea of having a family and raising children in this kind of environment caused me a considerable amount of distress. Why would anyone want to have a family with what goes on in the world? How could I protect children from the violence, pornography, and from a society with loose or non-existent moral values? Although I've been a member of this church my entire life, I've had struggles and have had to work for myself to determine whether the ideas I was taught as a child were of any value to me. It was not a matter of simply being raised with it and following it, but coming to a belief on my own that the teachings of Jesus Christ were of benefit to me personally. What began as intellectual (brain) learning, eventually became something more. Through studying the scriptures and practicing these beliefs, I came to an understanding, on a mental and emotion level that the principles of the Gospel would help me in my life. In our church we talk about knowing things are "true". This is a testimony, a spiritual connection, an understanding of a particular idea. I know that what Christ did and what he taught was to help us all grow closer to a God who loves us and wants us to be happy. It has given me a considerable amount of hope as I've raised my own family that we can be happy. Although conditions are rarely ideal and although we still struggle through difficulties, the Gospel of Jesus Christ can bring comfort and peace to you, personally, and to your family.

How I live my faith

On more than one occasion and recently, for the past five years, I have taught children at church about the Gospel. There is something wonderful about sitting with kids and sharing spiritual beliefs. They are sweet, innocent, and excited to learn and to make choices that will make them and their families happy. Nothing can beat the twinkle in a child's eye when they tell you about how they've done something to help a member of their family or comforted a friend who was just "not having a good day". It's been equally fulfilling to speak to parents and to hear how something I've shared has influenced their children for the better.