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Hi I'm Mark

I grew up in Nhulunbuy, on aboriginal country in northern Australia and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for nearly 25 years and my wife and I have 7 children, the oldest is just finishing University while the youngest is about to start school. My family is the most important thing in my life. You can imagine what meal times are like, and yes they keep us pretty busy but we love it. I have worked in the agricultural & horticultural industry for 20 years advising farmers, recommending & selling inputs. More recently I have been involved in developing enviromentally sustainable growing programs with horticulture and broadacre farmers. I am a big believer in education with a couple of qualifications in horticulture & marketing myself and I am trying to instill this in my kids. My other passion is sport, I played alot of cricket right up to my mid thirties but the body can't do what it used too, so now its coaching my childrens teams and playing golf.

Why I am a Mormon

I did not have a religious upbringing and didn't join the Church until my early thirties. My wife was brought up in the Church and we married in our early twenties. She set a great example of someone who understood that there is more to life than just getting by. She shared her testimony of the Savior and set a wonderful example and I wanted to know what made her so happy. Then I listened to the mormon missionaries, they taught me that there was a greater purpose, that families can be together forever. They invited me to find out for myself through prayer. For the first time I had heard the truth and had in confirmed to me through a personal experience from God. The rest, as they say, is history.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by reading about and trying to apply the teachings of Jesus Christ in my life. This means spending time with my family, studying praying and making sure they know I am here for them and that the Savior is there for them. I love to teach. At the moment I teach the older teenagers in Sunday school every Sunday. I have 12 students in my class and most weeks they are all there and we have a lot of fun. I also have an assignment from church leaders to visit 3 families every month to make sure all is well in their homes. I take a 14 yo young man with me, its been great to see him learn to love & serve others. I read somewhere that religion without sacrifice is no religion at all. I guess I try to apply that principle in my life.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Mark
Nah, we help anybody...........just ask us Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Mark
Family is really the basic unit of the Church. It was ordained by God to form the social, physical and spiritual structure in and through which we will grow and return to live with our Heavenly Father and his son and our Savior Jesus Christ. In other words families are held in the highest regard. No other success can make up for failure in the home. As mormons we know we are not alone in th way we feel about families. The Church doctrine on the family explains why so many feel this way. Its the doctrinal confirmation of a universal spiritual feeling. Show more Show less