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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a father of four small demolition experts. People and cultures of all varieties fascinate me. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to learn and help others to learn. I studied technical writing and instructional design and work in developing e-learning materials and delivery networks. From an early age, peoples of the world fascinated me. I used to check out foreign language dictionaries from our school library and just soak in the variety and uniqueness of the words on the page. I continue to study languages when time permits, primarily Korean and Russian. I was fortunate to have a one-year internship during college in Central Asia where I met many wonderful people and came to appreciate a way of life very different from my own. Although I still dream about international employment, I've come to accept that may be out of reach at this stage of my life, given my family situation. I have a very patient and loyal wife and four "spirited" children that keep us constantly on the move. It is deeply satisfying to watch each of them grow and create, and then share with the world what they learn and what brings them happiness.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was young, I hoped for an awe-inspiring manifestation from God: some lightning bolt or earthquake that would convince me of the existence of a higher power. As I learned more and read the Book of Mormon, I discovered that while such experiences happen to some people, the Lord reveals himself more often through a still, small voice as described in 1 Kings 19. And while the experiences I've had hearing his voice may be quieter, gentler than the earthquake, they are no less real. I still remember the light and warmth I've felt when I've studied and pondered the truthfulness of the message of Mormonism. This light has continued through my life and provides peace and direction when I am living right and seeking to know God's will. I know that God is the Father of all man, and just as I love my kids (but to a degree far beyond my capacity), He loves all His children and wants them to learn of Him and find that peace and direction in this life.

How I live my faith

I have had many opportunities to serve at Church. From teaching 3-5 year old children, to leading class discussions of adults, these experiences have enriched and strengthened me. There is never a shortage of opportunities to help others as a member of the Church. And I find I am happiest when I look for those opportunities and put others' interests ahead of my own. There are a few older folks in our neighborhood that haven't got family close by, and they love to have a visit, some contact or personal interaction with others. My kids have grown close to them, and in a real sense, these neighbors have become a part of our extended family.