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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a Mormon, who found the church when I was 20. 32 years later, life is really good.

About Me

I'm a lawyer for the U.S. Air Force, I'm a dad and grandpa, I'm a trail runner, recumbent bike rider, guitar player, hiker, climber, camper and berry picker. My family has lived all over the U.S. because of my military service (our favorite place was Alaska). I love to be outdoors, and I love to eat good food (my wife is a tremendously good cook!) My family loves to get together to play games.

Why I am a Mormon

I left my former church because I felt it was empty and that folks, including me, were just going through the motions. I knew there must be something better. I looked for years, visiting many churches, and found nothing that felt right. Some time later I found myself in an LDS meeting, and from the moment I had walked through the door of the building I felt like I was home. I took the missionary lessons, but I struggled with the concept of a prophet. However, I prayed and asked God about Joseph Smith, and received a very clear answer that he was in fact a prophet of God, and that he was the way God restored the true gospel to the earth. That is the foundation of my knowledge that this church and gospel are true. I've stayed in the church because of the many witnesses I've had over the years, and the simple fact that life is so much better and has so much more meaning since I found the gospel. I always believed on my own that families should last forever, and the gospel teaching that families are in fact intended to be eternal rang true the moment I heard it. My angelic wife and my kids are mine forever! I'll never let that go. I love the Plan of Salvation, because it makes life make sense. I know God loves me; He's let me know that so many times over the years I simply cannot deny it.

How I live my faith

I love being a useful member of my congregation. Over the years I've taught classes to youth, children and adults, and I've held leadership positions in various organizations. I'm proud to be a home teacher. Being a part of a loving, struggling group of like minded Christians working to serve God is a wonderful part of my life. I study the scriptures and pray daily, and we do those things as a family too. Put simply, it make our lives better.