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Hi I'm Mark

I grew up in Texas, but now I live in Colorado. I travel to many places in the world as a water resources engineer. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am an engineering professinal with a family. I have children at home, some who have moved on, and others who keep coming back. I enjoy the evolving relationships I have with my children as they mature into adulthood. We now have several newly married children. I enjoy reading and talking with others about economics, education, and public policy. I'm facinated by factors that influence development in countries throughout the world. My profession takes me all over the world, helping governments manage water resources. I enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, camping and and backpacking. My favorite sport/hobby is cycling, both competitive group riding and recreational weekend riding with family and friends. Recently I planned and completed a 5-day, 285 mile bicycle tour in the northern Colorado mountains with my family and some friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that the solution to the most challenging problems that the world faces can be found in living and sharing the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As much as I value the service I can give by helping other countries to manage their precious water resources, I belive I can make a more profound and lasting difference by inviting and helping others to find and enjoy the living waters offered by Jesus Christ. Those who truly partake of the living water will find greater strength to face and overcome challenges, to put self-defeating behaviors behind them, and to make a positive contribution in the community and world around them. One of the intriguing aspects of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that it continually invites and challenges its adherents to improve, progress and develop, and provides continuing opportunities to do so. At first we learn to keep basic commandments, like observing the Sabbath, being honest, and living a chaste life. As these practices become basic features of our lives, we are invited to contemplate our relationships, love our enemies (really), re-think our priorities, and loosen our hold on material goods and worldly pursuits. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints provides ever changing opportunities to serve others and develop talents in teaching, speaking, music, and administration. Although the assignments we recieve may seem beyond our abilities, the Lord provides assistance that allows us to increase our abilities and our confidence. The restored gospel teaches us of our divine and eternal potential as children of God, of the incomparable blessings that come to us through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and of the aid we can access through the power of the Spirit of God to overcome challenges in life. As others accept the invitation to follow this pattern of growth and progress, I believe that what has become an undeniable influence for good can truly transform the world and bless the lives of many more millions.

How I live my faith

My faith is manifested in both public and private ways. I enjoy quiet time to commune with my Father in Heaven and to ponder on his word from the holy scriptures. I also enjoy going out with my son to visit and look after some of the members of our congregation, and I'm glad that I have someone who looks after me and my family, especially when I'm out of the country. When I travel internationally, I always seek out a congregation of the church where I can worship and enjoy association with others who share my values and beliefs. One of the invitations of the gospel is to be honest in all of our dealings, and so I try to live and work with integrity in my profession. Although Jesus Christ may have been "a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief," the Bible indicates he was the kind of person others wanted to be around because he was encouraging and uplifting. So I try to encourage and uplift others too.