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Hi I'm Mark

I joined the Church when I was 18 years old, right after I graduated from high school in San Jose, California.

About Me

I work as a project manager for a leading software company. I travel extensively throughout the United States and periodically abroad. While it keeps me away from my family during the week, I've been able to keep a special relationship with my wife and daughter. We're able to do fun things as a family when I'm home and I've been able to serve in positions in the Church that are very fulfilling to me.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 18, I believed in God but found organized religion to be a farce. I had some bad experiences with paid clergy. There seemed to be a lot of hypocrisy, so I just lived my life in a way that I thought was "good." I met a girl who was taking the missionary lessons and was planning to be baptized. I had no idea what she was getting herself into. "Mormons" were as unknown to me as Muslims or Buddhists. Were they even Christians? Once she got baptized, what "rules" would she be governed by? Did Mormons "date"? Drink? Smoke? I knew a guy who said he was Mormon. I asked him some questions about the Church and what he told me seemed pretty normal. Actually, it made a lot of sense to me. My Mormon friend answered gospel questions for me. I was intrigued by what I'd learned. He'd asked me a few times to meet with the missionaries, but I declined, telling him that they'd just want me to get baptized. After a few months, my Mormon friend again asked me to just ask the missionaries any questions I had, and I agreed to meet with them. As they taught me the first discussion about the apostasy and the restoration of God's church to the earth, it all just made sense to me. At the end of the first discussion, would you believe it, the missionaries did challenge me to be baptized in a week. And I accepted the challenge! I would be the only member of the Church in my family, but I felt what I was taught was true and that I would be blessed for joining the Church. I was able to serve a two-year mission in Germany, teaching people the gospel I'd come to know and love. The teachings of the Church have turned a somewhat rebellious, party-centric young man into a responsible husband and father. I am sure, had I not found the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I would have ended up an alcoholic like my father. I know I am a better person as I have grown in my knowledge and application of the gospel in my life.

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church, there are many opportunities to live our faith. One aspect of the Church that impressed me when I was learning about the Church was something they called "Home Teaching." Each month, members are visited by assigned Home Teachers, who deliver a gospel message and check on how the person is doing and what needs they might have. I've been able to serve as a Home Teacher for many years now. It's wonderful how warmly I'm welcomed into most homes. It's an honor to be able to serve others. Besides serving as a missionary, I've also been able to be a Sunday School teacher, a Primary teacher teaching children ages 18 mo - 11 yrs old. I've served in priesthood leadership positions, including as a Bishop Counselor twice. Every calling is a blessing for me to be able to demonstrate my belief in the gospel by serving others. Ties in nicely to that scripture "Faith without works is dead." The most important calling any man has is as a father and husband, That is the calling I cherish most. I try very hard to be the best I can at this calling, and given the love I get from my wife and daughter, it's well worth the effort!