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Hi I'm Mark

I live in NY. My wife and I have five great kids - the youngest has special needs. My family is everything to me. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born into a home with kind and loving parents who tried to teach us good values, to work hard, and eternal truths. At 17 years old, I started a small business to earn the money to serve a two year mission. I was called and served in Japan. After serving a mission I went to college, got married, and started a family of my own. After a few more years, our family of four moved to Boston where I attended Harvard Business School. After earning an MBA, our family continued to grow and a few years later our family of six moved to Tokyo, Japan. About eight years ago, we were expecting our fifth child when we learned that the baby might have some health issues. In spite of numerous tests, our doctors could not determine what (if anything) might be wrong. At this point, some doctors recommended that we end the pregnancy. For us this was not an option and we proceeded with faith. Our son was born and it was clear that he was not "normal". He was rushed to a neonatal intesive care unit. After ten days in the NICU, our doctors sent us home with our son so that "our baby could die at home". We were told to expect no more than six months with our baby. All through this trial were were blessed to have a knowlege of God's Plan of Happiness. We also relayed on prayer and faith in the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Our son is now seven years old and although physically challenged, he is the joy of our family. We feel so blessed to have him in our lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon home and my parents worked hard to teach me the Gospel of Jesus Christ. At the age of 16, I started reading several books about the philosophy of "naturalism". This philosophy teaches that we are entirely the product of our environment. It claims that we have no real freedom or agency because even our thoughts are controlled by our experiences and circumstances. As a result of this study, I had a crisis of faith and found myself questioning everything my parents had taught me. I worried that they had "brainwashed me" into believing mormonism. I met with my father and told him that I no longer believed in the church. He was kind, patient and understanding. He said that he only wanted me to be a Mormon if I believed the doctrine to be true. He suggested that I consider adding to my reading list the Book of Mormon. I started reading the book with a real desire to know if it was true. A few months later I was reading in Alma chapter 5. Verse 47 really touched me and I had a very powerful witness that everything my parents had taught me was in fact true. Although my testimony has continued to develop and change over the years, the core of my choice to be a Mormon is a result of that experience and many others that have followed with the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

My life centers around my family. Their happiness, growth, and success is most important to me. My wife and I are trying to teach our children the truth about God, the purpose of life, to have high moral standards, and how to love others. We strive to do this though example, instruction, family meetings, family prayer, family dinner time, family work projects, wholesome recreation, and church attendance. We find great joy in seeing our children progress and make righteous choices.