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Hi I'm Mark

I grew up in Shelley Idaho, move to Idaho Falls, Idaho and became a firefighter, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Idaho. I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints all my life, so I enjoyed playing church softball and basketball, this was back in the day when church sports were well organized and there were umpires and referees for all the games. This was the highlight of my week when we had a game to play. I grew up playing church sports with the same players all through junior high and high school, we had alot of fun and became very close during this time in our life. I made it to adulthood and realized there was more to life than just fun and games, although this was hard to accept. I start my career as a firefighter when I was just 22 years old and never looked back, it was the best thing that every happen to me, next to marrying my dear wife of 36 years. Seven children and 11 grand children later, my life has been full and blessed. Our children have left the nest and we are enjoying every minute of it, (don't tell the wife I said that) we love our children and grand children very much, we get to see them often and take a few of them on short trips with us. Life has been good.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the faith, or into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint, I grew up knowing I was a mormon, but not sure at an early age what that really determined for me, other than going to primary and sunday school and setting through some very long sacrament meetings. I also knew at a very early age, that there were times I felt something very unexplainable when I was at church. Later I came to understand this to be the Holy Ghost, so at a very young age I knew something was up with my religion. I went through the normal processes of being a member of the church, primary, sunday school, and preisthood meetings and did my best to do what was right, because that was what was taught. When I was a young man I started to realize things were different with the Mormon Church and other Churches. One thing I notices was regular church attendance was expected, almost required, while other churches it was more of a 'if you want to attend". So it was around high school age I started to see differences between religions. Because of the good feeling I experienced I kept going, along with good friends and good youth leaders. As I entered adulthood and marriage things started to change for me and the need to do things right with my life was always in the back of my mind ever so slowly pushing me forward. Our marriage in the Temple is when things with the gospel of Jesus Christ started to take off, I new then it was something I needed to do for the rest of my life. Try to live the gospel every day to the best of my ability, well easer said then done. Fast forward thirty years and here I'm living the gospel to the best of my abilities, at time it has not been easy but very much worth the effort. I'm happy and married to one of the Lord's most beautiful daughters both physically and spiritually, she has truly been a help meet for me in my journey back to the Savior. I love my Father in Heaven and His Son, my Savior, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I try every day of my life to do what is right, and there are days I miss the mark and at the end of the day when I kneel to say my prayers, I'm reminded of my short comings and promise the Lord to do better. I believe in people and that they can change if they want to. All of us have the ability to change and improve our lives. I feel in treating people with respect and kindness and do my best to live the gospel. I serve in the church and feel that the Lord will bless you when you do. Some callings are more demanding than others. When called to be the second couselor in a Bishopric I found out first hand this to be true, but also very rewarding. I know that when I pray for guidence for my calling or service in the church the Lord has alway been there for me. I have served with the boy scouts and with the young women in our church both of these opportunities have blessed my life. With the boy scouts as a assistant scout master for several years and with the the young women as a priesthood leader while they attended girls camp for a week each year, this I did for twenty years. I feel that each and every day and when I meet people if I can be a good person in deed and thought, others will think of me as one and this is living the gospel to the best of my abilities.