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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a husband, father and grandfather. I'm a Police Officer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 53 years old and have been married for 30 years. We raised 5 children and are enjoying our 3 grandchildren. I grew up in the San Diego, CA and Phoenix, AZ areas. I have been very active in sports my entire life. My first and best love has always been baseball, but I also played football in high school. I played for 7 years in a Police sponsored charity football game called the Bacon Bowl. We were able to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the local children's hospitals. When my dream of playing professional baseball died in college, I concentrated my efforts of getting my education in Criminal Justice. This led to a current 29 year career as a Police Officer. Becoming a Police Officer has enhanced my love for sports, as I have had the opportunity to work security for the local professional sports teams. When I am not working long hours, I enjoy family life and playing with and mentoring my grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

As I mentioned above, I was a content agnostic for most of my early life. When I was 12, I had decided to no longer attend my grandmother's church. She came to me and asked if I believed in Jesus Christ. While I didn't really have a true testimony of Jesus Christ at that time I replied that I did, because I didn't want to hurt her feelings. She told me that since I confessed Christ to be my Savior, I was saved. That struck me profoundly; "...so, I can live how I want, not attend church and still be saved?' 'The perfect being that created the Universe, and that is the best He could come up with?" I truly believed that God could not exist under the principles that had been taught to me. He would not author such confusion and hypocrisy. Despite my hope of a greater truth, I continued and grew in my cynicism of religion. I was very open in sharing my views with anyone that would listen. When I was 19 I met a beautiful young lady (doesn't it always happen that way?:)) She introduced me to the Mormon Missionaries. Finally someone came to me and declared that there was a true church, and that there was someone, a prophet, was the Lord's mouthpiece on earth. I was the easiest convert that they ever saw! I was baptized in 1977, and then 2 years later, I served a 2 year mission in the Caribbean nation of The Dominican Republic. I returned home and married my wife for time and all eternity in the Seattle Temple. I have a very strong testimony that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the Lord's true church on the Earth. I know that He restored his Church to the earth through a young prophet named Joseph Smith. I have read the Book of Mormon countless times and can testify of its veracity. The principle of repentance through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, had played a vital role in my life.

How I live my faith

I currently serve in the Church's local Missionary efforts. I see a lot of negativity in my job with the Police Department, and the Church is my great equalizer.It brings balance to my life, and enables me to be a strength for those I run across that are in need.