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Hi I'm Mark

I grew up in Salt Lake City. I have have 3 children and a beautiful wife. I live in Arizona, and I work in Utah. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My amazing wife and I have been with blessed with three incredible children, two boys and a girl. My wife has introduced me to travel, and we have traveled to many places in the world. I enjoy the lake and spending a day wake boarding. I have fun watching my children take chances & experiencing life. I enjoy road biking with friends, and feeling freedom on the open road. I am a bit of an artist, enjoying the free flow of abstract painting-great to release stress. I love freedom. I am passionate about the US constitution & the freedoms it provides. This is an inspired document from God which allows so many opportunities including freedom to worship the way one wants to worship. I was born and raised in Salt Lake City by parents who moved there from Los Angeles. My mother converted to the LDS faith when she was a teenager converting from the Catholic church. Her entire family later converted to the LDS church. My father was raised in the church, and was the Son of a Utah Pioneer--my Grandmother. My mother and father had 9 children. Both of my parents love the US Constitution and honored it. My father served multiple terms in the Utah House of Representatives, and ran unsuccessfully for both the US Congress and US Senate. I am an eagle scout. I am a businessman in the insurance and risk management field. I feel the beliefs and ethics that I have been trained in through the church, my parents, and family help me to stand strong in being honest with my fellow man.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS church, however, I did not fully embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ until I was 18 years old. I considered going on a mission for the church, but did not want to go unless I knew for myself that what I was going to be teaching was truth. I read the scriptures, and particularly the Book of Mormon. I followed the challenge to read it, ponder its teachings, and then give myself to God (following whatever answer I received) in asking if it was a true book. The sweet peaceful, and overwhelming joyful feeling that overcame me told me that it is true. I witnessed the Holy Ghost testifying to me that what I had just read came from God. While I have been tested in many ways through my life, and continue to make mistakes and try to improve, I can't deny that witness from God...it has changed my life for the better.

How I live my faith

I do my best to read from the scriptures, particularly the Book of Mormon, every day. I find when I fail to read, that my day is not as good as it could have been. Until recently I never had a strong belief in daily reading, but as I have seen my days improve when I take a few moments to read, it has become very important to me to take this time for myself and Heavenly Father to have that connection. I have learned that kindness matters. In a popular song it says "only kindness matters", and while I struggle with this concept myself, I know it is true. If people will take the time to be kind to others, the world would be such a better place to live. Service to others is important. When Christ talked about serving others, and how that serves God, one thing that was not mentioned in that scripture is that when you serve others and God, you also serve yourself. This profound concept is important to understand because your purpose for service should not be to get gain for yourself, but the reality is this is always the net result. While it is not always easy to do, this is why we are on earth--to serve others, and truly, only kindness matters. It has been my experience that although everyone has free agency and makes mistakes, it is only when living a Christ like life that provides one with ultimate freedom and happiness.