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Hi I'm Mark

I grew up in Utah but have lived in Colorado for the past 30 years. I am a licensed professional engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an agricultural engineer working in the field of irrigation management and water conservation. I enjoy outdoor recreation - hiking, camping, backpacking, fishing, and big game hunting. I am an eagle scout and have served as an assistant scout master multiple times. I learned carpentry working alongside my father and enjoy doing home projects. My wife and I have been married 33 years and raised five wonderful children - three are married. Our greatest joys come from our family, especially our six grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a family fully committed to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Though far from rich in material goods, we were happy and shared much joy. I watched my father and mother serve faithfully in various church responsibilities throughout my growing up years - often at significant personal inconvenience and sacrifice. I cherish their faithful example of practicing Christian service and unselfish love for others. Very early in my life, I determined to find for myself a firm foundation for such faith in God. Through much study and learning, obedience to the commandments of God, and heartfelt personal prayer - I received a witness to my soul of the truthfulnes of the gospel of Jesus Christ. That affirmation has been renewed - frequently - especially when I try my best to be the man the Lord wants me to become.

How I live my faith

When I was 19 years old, I left college for two years to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church. I was assigned to serve in Venezuela and of neccesity learned to speak Spanish. This was a pivotal time for me - I grew up emotionally and discovered I was capable of accomplishing greater things with the Lord's help than without. Today I serve as a 'home teacher' providing watch-care over a few families in our congregation - visiting them in their homes at least once each month. They have all become my good friends and I worry and pray for them frequently. I have received the holy priesthood of God through ordination and the laying on of hands by those having authority. The priesthood is the responsibility to serve and bless others as would Jesus Christ. It requires time and personal sacrifice - but the rewards literally come from heaven. The priesthood has been a great blessing in my life and for my family and brought me ever closer to my Heavenly Father and to my Savior Jesus Christ.