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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 58 year old husband to a wonderful (younger) wife...a father of seven children and twelve grandchildren. I work as a Software/Systems Engineer and Project Manager with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science Management. I have helped build the Space Shuttle and Space Station Freedom and many other aerospace and aircraft systems. I am a U.S. Veteran having served in the United States Air Force. I served as a Missionary in Northern Germany from 1972 to 1974. My ancestors are from Germany and England. I have lived in two countries, 16 States, 56 Cities, and 88 different homes throughout my lifetime. I have played as a professional rock-musician (drummer) in many bands over the years and met a few famous people. I still love to play. I compose and collect music of all types. I am a free-lance writer contributing to short-stories, self-help books, manuals, and my own documentary insights on Christianity, Scripture, and the validity and evidences of The Spirit in our everyday occurences. I love trivia of all kinds and am a survivor of a single-season addiction to "Fantasy Football". My struggles: lost my eyesight (one eye), loosing my job (government shutdowns), loosing some of my children to the world and other beliefs. My blessings: My children (all of them - no matter their circumstance); my wife, my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of LatterDay Saints and my life as it is and YOU for reading my profile.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have learned by my own experience that God lives and speaks to His annointed prophets- even today. I am a Mormon because, I have learned by my own experiences what it means to have been "rescued" - to have been saved from personal, professional, financial, spiritual, and physical disasters. You may ask: "But, why "Mormonism"? - won't anyone's faith save them? God in his infinite mercy extends his loving arms to all who believe in Him; like a life-line to one who is stranded or feels alone and forgotten. He reminds us all, at various times, that we are not alone. But, "Mormonism" provides something found nowhere else on earth - an eternal perspective. Others may recite scripture, worship and shout praises, even heal in His name. But, nowhere else is found the power, the authority, or the means to be sealed together forever- as an eternal family. For those who have lost a loved one, I say: "Do not be sad. There is a way to be together again - forever. And it is only found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Why? Because, the truth of who we are and where we came from and where we are going will merge us all onto a single road called death. We each walk our own way until the day we die, hoping and believing it is the right one. So we live by faith, not really knowing what is real. Until one day - something miraculous happens...we find ourselves hanging on a ledge; or drowning in despair; or isolated and alone - when we hear that voice in our head and in our heart saying: "Do Not Be Afraid - For I am Here. I am with you. Trust in me and I will rescue you." Can you hear it now? Can you feel it? Do you know right now, how much you are loved? To you and all my family and all my children-do not quit or give up. I love you. I am grateful for the love that comes to me because my Heavenly Father and Jesus loves me-not because I am a Mormon, but because being a Mormon has taught me how to love them too.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by living my religion - keeping the commandments; attending church; teaching others; and serving on the Baltimore High Council of the Church. In that capacity, I am responsible for all of the church buildings (their maintenance, their upkeep, their cleaning; their security; their condition; and their ability to provide a clean, reverent, and comfortable environment in which to worship and pray. I attend the Temple with my wife and family. I say my prayers night and day. I provide Sunday sermons once each month as a traveling minister to various congregations throughout the area. I currently have a son who is serving a full-time mission in California and other children who are active and remain faithful in the Church. I live my Faith by trying to emulate my Heavenly Father in recognizing that my children and family have their individual freedom to make their own choices throughout this life, with tolerance and without cohersion and, no matter the choice, does not diminish the love that I have for each and every one of them. I live my Faith by living a life that my family can be proud of and never feel ashamed; and may someday say, if nothing more..."He was my Husband/Father/Dad and I know he loved me".