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Hi I'm Mark

I'm an engineering Ph.D. student, racquetball player, and father of a roaming one year old. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being outdoors, camping, biking, skiing, you name it. I also love the engineering I get to study. I'm a mechanical engineering Ph.D. student, and so I spend most of my day indoors in the lab. I also teach an after-school robotics program for elementary children. Most of all, I love being at home with my darling wife and son.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that there is a God and that Jesus Christ is his Son because I have read, studied, prayed, experimented, and fasted to know who They are and to know Them. As you begin to know God, it becomes clear that He loves you as a father and will tell you what is best for you to do, if you are willing to listen and follow. I try to follow daily, and that has made all the difference in who He is shaping me to become. I'm a Mormon because I choose to be.

How I live my faith

I am given the wonderful opportunity to be continually growing. My faith reaches touches most of my decisions, the most important of which have to deal with my family.

Who was Joseph Smith?

Mark
Joseph Smith, Jr. was a man born in 1805 in Vermont, USA. He was raised by devout parents who encouraged him to study the Bible, which he did. When he was 14 years old, he became confused as to why there were so many different types of Christian churches that all claimed they were the Lord's church. Unable to rationally decide which church to join based upon his Bible study, he took his question to God in prayer - which church should I join? He received a remarkable vision and saw the God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, just as the Biblical prophets. Joseph was called to be a prophet, a man with the same position and calling as Abraham or Moses in the Old Testament or Peter in the New Testament. Joseph was told how to reorganize the Lord's Church, as it was not currently on the earth. Just like prophets in the Bible, Joseph received revelations and scripture that revealed more about how all of us can be saved through the suffering, death, and resurrection of the Savior, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Mark
The "Mormon" church is actually named the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This name signifies that this church is the same as the one Jesus Christ organized when he lived during New Testament times. Now it is the latter days, and so the church name has this appendage, differentiating it from the church of the New Testament times. In other words, it's the same Church, Jesus Christ's Church, but on the earth at different times. The nickname "Mormon" was given to the church and to members of the church in the 1800s by those that disagreed with Mormon beliefs. Mormon was a prophet in the Americas that lived roughly 400 A.D. and compiled the Book of Mormon, a book with teachings and revelations about the Savior Jesus Christ that complements the Bible. It was from the Book of Mormon that the term "Mormon" orginated. Although first used in a derogatory sense, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by no means take offense at being called Mormons, instead of Saints the correct term. Unfortunately, the widespread use of the term "Mormon Church" rather than the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, has hidden from view the name that clearly pronounces that this church is run under the direction of Jesus Christ himself, and also hides the Saints belief that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. Show more Show less