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Hi I'm Mark

I am a father, an avid fly-fisherman, a cross country skiing enthusiast, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Alaska with two parents that loved the outdoors. As a child, they always included me and my brothers and sisters on Alaskan adventures that included raft trips, mountain hikes, and salmon fishing. That love of the outdoors brought me back up to Alaska after graduating from College and getting married. Now that I am father, it has been a wonderful experience to take my children with me to explore the wonderful world that our Heavenly Father has created for us.

Why I am a Mormon

While out in the beautiful wilderness of Alaska, I have been touched by the magesty and greatness of God. It amazes me when I can look out across the mountains, trees, rivers, and glaciers and know that this was all created for mankind to enjoy. When I stop and think about it, I marvel at the great love he has for us to allow us to come to earth so that we can grow and become more like him. I have also felt similar feelings of love and amazement as I pondered on the gospel principles taught to me as a member of the church. It is the teaching and truthes embraced by the Latter Day Saint Church that helps give me meaning and direction in my life. It has helped me awnser the great questions of "Who am I? Why am I here? Is there life after death?"

How I live my faith

Each Sunday morning, I attend church meetings with my family. It is a great experience to come together with other friends and families that are all seeking to find happiness and peace in the teaching of Christ and his prophets. While I enjoy the spiritual strenghth I receive from attending Sunday meetings with fellow church members, I also do many other things durring the week to live my faith. Durring the week I do the best I can, to follow the example of Christ by serving and helping others. As I go about my daily routine of work, chores, family events, excercise, ect, I try to be kind and loving to others. For example, just the other day as I was cleaning some salmon that we had caught earlier in the week, I decided visit a neighbor and give him some fresh fish. This neighbor is an elderly man who recently lost his wife, and often I visit him with my family to give him company and help him with things that he might need help with. One night a week, generally Mondays, my family meets toghther in the home and spends an hour or two together as a family. Our modern lives have become increasingly busy, and our church leaders have encouraged families to plan a specific time each week where we can dedicate it to our families. Most weeks we will study some aspect of the gospel and discus ways we can apply in our lives. Other times we will do service for others as a family.