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Hi I'm Mark.

I have a wife and six children. I practice health care law in Denver, and I love the outdoors, books and sports. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Before I became a lawyer, I worked as a bus boy, garbage man (sanitation products relocation engineer), roofer, construction worker, errand boy at an engineering firm, and book store attendant. I am busy and mostly happy as I try to maintain a balance between my various commitments and hobbies, including worship, family time (wonderful wife and six awesome children, plus an "adopted" Iraqi son), church service, my job as downtown Denver health care litigation lawyer, reading good books, travel, sports and adventures. I particularly like history books like Undaunted Courage, 1776, Lincoln's Sword, D-Day, and Truman. I have traveled to Mexico three times, to China twice, to Europe twice, and to Africa once. Although I am not a death-defying adrenaline junkie, I do like occasional challenges and adventures like backpacking, climbing 14ers (peaks over 1400 feet), rapelling, white water rafting, canoeing, and cliff jumping (not too high). My next planned adventure is river boarding in Clear Creek next spring. My favorite sports are wallyball, raquetball, ultimate frisbee and tennis. I like to weld and work on homemade Christmas presents and other projects in the garage.

Why I am a Mormon

I love my church and the faith it teaches. I am glad my church focuses on building strong, loving families and serving others. Because of my faith, I feel a connection to all of God's children all over the world, regardless of creed or culture. I am grateful to understand the purposes of this life, what happened before this life and what will follow. I know that I am both a child of God and a sinner, and that the grace of Christ helps me to accept and resolve these two aspects of myself. Because of His sacrifice, Christ understands me. His love and grace both saves me and changes me as a try to follow His teachings. I love the scriptures and the hope and faith and charity that come from pondering and praying to my Heavenly Father. I love the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I especially enjoy the gospels in the New Testament and the great sermons on the atonement of Christ in the Book of Mormon. I love the fact that my congregation does not have a paid ministry, which gives me many volunteer opportunities to serve, learn and connect with others.

How I live my faith

I attend church each week to renew my committments to God, partake of the sacrament and remember the sacrifice of His son, Jesus Christ. I pray daily and study scriptures most days. I try to be a good husband and father (with varying degrees of success, but I keep trying). I work with the wonderful 14-15 year old young men in my congregation, which is really fun. I teach them on Sundays and participate in youth activity night each Tuesday. I also help plan and supervise youth outdoor activities like backpacking and rafting. I live my faith by trying to love and forgive others and by serving them. As an attorney, I can and do help people by providing legal services without charge in times of need. My hope is that I can show kindness and reflect Christ's love to others, since it is so freely given to me.