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Hi I'm Mark

I grew up in a small town in the Colorado Rockies. I'm a husband, father, businessman, and outdoor enthusiast. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the Colorado Rockies. Because of my upbringing, I enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, mountain biking, wakeboarding and just about anything the great outdoors has to offer. I earned a BSBA in International Business with a minor in Spanish, and an MBA in Business Management. I've worked in a variety of industries, like healthcare, finance, information technology and telecommunications. My wife and I met at a golf driving range. We were both in our 30's when we married. We have two beautiful daughters. My family is most important to me. We love to take walks, go to the park or city zoo, eat a pizza and watch a movie on a Friday night, socialize with family and friends, attend church and church activities, and support our children's pursuits -- swim lessons, gymnastics, preschool, etc.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother, who has always been a member of this church, and my father, who converted some ten years after they were married, have been wonderful examples of faith and service to me. In my youth, I relied primarily on my parents' faith and testimony. I trusted my parents and followed their guidance until I could develop my own faith in and testimony of Jesus Christ and His gospel. Sometime in my late teens, as I contemplated whether or not to serve as a full-time missionary for two years, I began to question, and study, and determine for myself whether or not the things my parents taught me and what this church proclaims were true. I read the New Testament and the Book of Mormon from cover to cover for the first time. I prayed regularly and asked God if what I had read was true. As with Elijah, the Old Testament prophet, the Lord did not speak to me in some miraculous fashion, but rather assured me through "a still small voice" that what I had been taught and what I had further studied on my own was true, right and good. I dedicated two years of my life as a full-time missionary sharing what I had come to know as gospel truth with others. I learned another language (Spanish) and served in a Latin country. I cherish those years of service as a full-time missionary. As I have done my best to live the gospel of Jesus Christ, I have witnessed the Lord's blessings, both great and small, that further strengthen my faith and testimony. I truly believe that my family is happier trying to live gospel principles than we otherwise would be. The gospel of Jesus Christ has made me a better husband, father, sibling, friend, employee, volunteer and so much more.

How I live my faith

I serve voluntarily in my local congregation to support gospel learning and teaching. We have gospel study classes arranged by age group. I'm responsible for students ages +11 years and the teachers who facilitate each gospel study class. We implement the gospel study curriculum each year and make certain we have thoughtful and dedicated teachers, who also volunteer their time and talents. Together, we learn and develop our understanding of the gospel. I also take advantage of opportunities to serve in the community whether it's a large community project or small ways to help family, friends and neighbors.