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Hi I'm Mark

I was born in Washington D. C. to a Mormon family. In 1966 we moved to Colorado. I am married with children & grandchildren

About Me

Severe asthma kept me from running with the other kids as a boy. Allergies prevented me for eating most foods. As I grew out of that there came schloderma which threatened to encase my body in an exoskelitan of cartilege. I enjoyed art and gymnastics, but struggled with math. At the age of 19 I was called to serve a mission to Peru. The medicatons I was taking were not available there so my father gave me a priesthood blessing declaring the scholeraderma "null and void". Also, my Spanish learned in high school was poor, but that soon changed. Marriage, children and grandchildren have had their challenges but continue to be my greatest joy. The promise that we can be together forever gives me hope.

Why I am a Mormon

Mormonism requires faith and commitment to both ideals and service. That is not always easy. About 25 years ago I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. That made life miserable for me and those around me for 20 years until it was discovered that I also had adult ADHD. The new medication was a great improvement. We have been blessed with a place to live that is generally quiet and peaceful and with good neighbors. Without my testimony of Jesus Christ I don't know that I could have hung on so long. Many times I felt like a "dead man". If I hadn't had a knowledge of the "plan of happiness" and an understanding of the need for experiencing misery in order to obtain it, life would have had little meaning for me. My conversion came a step at a time. While I had the advantage of membership in the church, I could not understand why others believed differently. I never really doubted the truthfulness of what I had been taught, but in my late teens I wanted to know, not just believe. The Holy Ghost testified to me many times before I could feel his influence through my cynacism. As a missionary I remember sitting in a third floor apartment in Peru, thousands of miles from home with no means of contact with my family except by letter or phone, writing an article for the local newspaper, when the Spirit washed over me and I knew it was true.

How I live my faith

Being faithful to covenants I have made to the Lord, loving my family, and serving others where I can are ways in which I live my faith. We are quiet people, kind of living on the side watching the world go by. But we have joy, peace and hope.