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Hi I'm Mark

I live in England and used to be a professional singer. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am 42, married and have four children. (Two from a previous marriage) I love being a father and am excited about about our recent news that we are expecting another member of the family. I studied popular music & recording at university and enjoy singing, playing guitar & keyboards in my spare time. My favourite musicians are Stevie Wonder, Michael McDonald & Donny Hathaway. I have found it difficult to make a living from music and spend time with my family. I now work as a senior manager in the National Health Service involved in the development of large health centres.

Why I am a Mormon

During the break up of my first marriage I went through some dark times. I chanced upon a copy of the new testament and as I read it could not believe that I had reached the age of 28 living in a predominantly Christian country and not read the words of Jesus Christ before. The words of Jesus teaching rang true to me and filled me with a light that I had never felt before. I found myself praying despite previously not believing in God. I arranged to be taught by the Mormon missionaries who were extremely respectful of my situation and shared with me some lessons which explained the bible and answered the questions of why are we here and where did we come from. Attending church was a less daunting experience than I thought also and the people there were very friendly. I found the lessons totally enlightening and had all of my questions and more answered. They had taught me that God had not ceased communicating with his children and that if I prayed sincerely to know if what they were teaching was true then I could receive an answer from God. (If they hadn't have told me this I think I would have gotten baptized anyway as I was so impressed. I decided that if I was entitled to an answer from God then I was going to get it. This wasn't an easy process for me actually but eventually I did receive my answer and I am so glad I did because I believe this is so fundamental to my testimony now and is a crucial part of understanding our relationship with God. Since then living the standards of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has brought nothing but happiness to my life and I could never deny the feelings that I get when I act upon what I am taught by latter day prophets. I know fully now that the church is true and would encourage anyone (even if they were only curious) to investigate its teachings and ask God if it true.

How I live my faith

I love how the church is organised and how everyone is encouraged to have a responsibility within the church. The responsibilities can vary from ushering right through to being a leader and teacher. I have served as a leader, I have worked with the primary children's organisation I have organised activities and entertainment evenings. The church runs a teacher training programme which is every bit as good as the post graduate teacher training course I did at university. Doing sacrament talks and teaching lessons really increased my confidence and helped me to develop skills that have been invaluable in my career also. I pray regularly and study the scriptures each week and try to apply what I learn into everyday life. I like also how the members of the church are encouraged to visit every member whether they attend Sunday meetings or not. This ensures we are striving to represent Jesus Christ in reaching out to 'the one'.