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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love life. I live on a small acreage close to forest land which allows us to have horses and dogs and lots of room to roam. I have an amazing wife and two beautiful daughters. We really feel like why should we drive hours to vacation in a postcard type setting when we have it in our own backyard? The property teaches us the importance of work, the horses teach us patience and the dogs teach us much about loyalty and unconditional love. I love my family, just being with them makes me happy whether it be doing exciting things or just talking, laughing and being silly together, which my daughters tell me I am pretty good at. I love the physical aspect of life. There is nothing quite like the feeling I get after an intense workout or running light and easy on the forest trails up behind the house or riding a horse up in the hills early in the morning as the sun rises. I love the mental aspect of life. There is so much to learn I really feel that once you stop learning or being curious about life and things you may as well cash it in. Learning to communicate and connect with a horse or a dog is exciting to me. I love great literature and being introduced to new ideas and concepts. I love studying the principles of physics and engineering and learning how and why things work the way they do. I also love the spiritual aspect of life. The quiet times of prayer and pondering, knowing that God lives and loves me. Life is good!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe in and follow Jesus Christ. My family has a long history in the church but I have come to know for myself through my own study, pondering, and prayer that Jesus Christ has restored his gospel and church on the earth with his authority and power to bring us back into his presence. The fact that there is a living prophet and apostles on the earth today to reveal and clarify God's will is a great blessing in my life. My mother passed away recently and while going through that experience, the doctrines of the resurrection and the sealing of families together for eternity have been a great comfort to me. The knowledge that she is in a better place and that I will see her again give me great hope and joy. Knowing not only that God has a plan but knowing what the plan is and how I fit into it is so important to me when I deal with the sometimes very difficult and challenging situations of life. Serving those around me becomes important because that is how I serve my God. Because of my beliefs my outlook on life is bright and hopeful.

How I live my faith

My faith enhances and adds meaning to everything I do. It influences my actions each day. I do plenty of dumb things but I know that because of Jesus Christ I can repent and become a better person each day. I try to serve my God by reaching out and serving those around me, I just feel good when I can help someone. I would hope that I could inspire others to be more kind, more giving, and to have more hope. When life gets hard and the challenges seem almost too much and I want to quit, I turn to God for strength and he hasn't let me down yet.