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Hi I'm Mark

I live in the Midwest, married with two children, and work in the technology field. I am a Mormon

About Me

My wonderful wife and I have been married for over 20 years, and we have two fantastic children that fulfill us in ways I never dreamed possible. I love to read books about business, economics, science, politics, China, religion, technology and the occasional science fiction novel. I enjoy astronomy, building and fixing computers, and golf not necessarily in that order. I've also been known to watch wholesome comedy and science fiction movies (Star Wars of course). I grew up in San Francisco, and moved around a lot in my youth. Went to college as an older student, spent time in Beijing, PRC, and have a graduate degree in business. While I currently work in professional roles, I have worked in foundries, was a glass blower, and worked in the construction business. I

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Catholic family, and fell away from that faith very early in my life because it never felt true to me. For many years, I wandered around in life without a belief in God, and felt an emptiness in my life that could not be filled. I eventually met my wife, and she was a Mormon. I did not convert to the Church, but because of the goodness I saw both in my wife and the other members I came to know during our courtship, I gave my word that I would support her in the Church, and did agreed that our children would be baptized and raised in the Church. Over time, I came to love the church and its members, even though I was not a member. People always asked me why I did not get baptized, and I did not have a very good reason. Even though I knew in my heart the Church was true, I did not want to get baptized. The only vice I had was drinking coffee, and when my daughter was 12 years old, she challenged me to quit drinking coffee and I did. Six months later I asked to be baptized. All it took was for my mind to be cleared when the effects of coffee left me, and I knew I wanted to join the Church. I am joyous that the gospel is in my life, and my family is very happy that I chose to become a Mormon. Everyday I look forward to the joys that life has in store for me. I am so happy that my family led me to the Church, and they were as patient as they were with me. I know that God loves me, and I am blessed by my membership in the Church and the love that my family has for me. I know the church is true, and I thank my Savior everyday for leading me to the Church, and filling my life with joy and happiness.

How I live my faith

I have had wonderful callings in the Church. I worked extensively with the young men, and loved teaching them about what it means to be a good husband, a good father, a good citizen, and good church members. My role is not to take the place of their fathers or mothers, but to supplement what they are learning at home. I love the other leaders I work with, and know in my heart that they love the youth as I do. I've worked with the Boy Scout Program, and have been a Boy Scout Troop Leader. I currently serve as a leader in our local church, and serve all of our members (youth and adults). I have been given a position of trust and responsibility, and it is with great love that I serve our membership. I love reading the scriptures daily, and learning from them. I especially love reading the Book of Mormon, and learning more about our Savior Jesus Christ! I love people and the Church has helped me learn how to do this unselfishly.