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Hi I'm Mark

I love to play racquetball, basketball, ride bikes and hike. I also like to meet new people and see new things. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born into a family as the 9th child of 12 children to my father and mother. They were hard-working, devoted people that gave me a foundation of love, service to others, and especially to God. My dad was a loyal man and stayed with the same company his entire career. That is rare these days. I loved the outdoors and spent lots of time exploring in the woods in our backyard, making bike trails, playing lots of sports and making new friends. My childhood was full of adventure, but was also a very sweet and tender time in my life. I moved to a new city my senior year of high school and had to reach out of my comfort zone to make new friends. I was fortunate to have people who accepted me and we became good friends. My college days were great and I loved going out with lots of people. My early adult life allowed me to be open to new ideas, new people, and to learn to get along with all kinds of people. I had the chance to serve a mission for my church in Japan, and very quickly grew to love the people and culture of that country. After returning I went back to school and met my wife in business classes. She was someone who caught my attention very quickly and we eventually married and started a family. Our married life has been full of great joy and wonderful experiences, but we have also had many challenges and trials too, which have given us great hope and faith in a loving God who I know is keenly aware of us and helps us overcome our weekness.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family that practiced this faith from my childhood. I accept this as one of my greatest blessings to have been born into my family. My faith is more than principles and doctrines of the plan of salvation. It is truly a way of life for me. It is a faith that lives in me, and me in it. It's more than just going to church, but is a faith that is practiced 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. I saw this in my father and mother and they showed me how to love the Lord with all of my heart, might, mind, and soul. I saw how richly blessed they were. I've had so many experiences in my life that have built a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Learning about these important life questions and having faith to believe in the gospel took more than just thinking about them. I had to read and study and pray. I had to watch and observe and then ponder on these truths. I then had to go and do and try to see if there was something to what I had been taught about the reality of God and his Son, Jesus Christ. It has been the power and influence of the Holy Ghost that has solidified my thoughts into a testimony. It has been the experiences of serving others and my family that have given me the power to be strong during hard times and true to my beliefs. Now, there is no going back, only forward. There is no time to waver or doubt, but be believing and true to my convictions. As I made covenants (or promises) to be true and faithful to God, he blessed me more and more and gave me power to overcome the tempatations and influences of evil in my life. I am humbled and grateful for his grace and love for me and my family.

How I live my faith

Growing up in a large family, I never looked or thought of us as rich or wealthy. I looked around and saw so many other people that had so much more. I was taught at an early age of the principle of thrift and being smart with your resources. It became a way of life and I love being miserly. We saved, skimped, and budgeted so that we would be able to live within our means. I hope that my children will learn from my wife and me and will also be wise in their use of money. I will have to say that service to others and to the church has been something that I learned in my family. My parents gave everything they could to the strengthening of the church and community. Now, we try to do the same with our family. We get up and have breakfast and study the scriptures and pray nearly every day. We have family home evening every Monday where we come together as a family to talk, sing, pray, and learn from each other. Someone usually gives a nice lesson that is usually short. I like to give longer lessons. Teaching my children the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ is very very important to me. We go to church on Sunday, but also go to other functions during the week as well. I serve in a position in the church now which takes a little more time. The Lord has been very mindful of me and my family. They are supportive of this calling and sustain me. I am so very grateful for their love of me. I hope they know of my love of them.