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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a Mormon. I, like my father, am a retired military member. I have lived around the world.

About Me

I am a father of five, two girls and three boys. One pair of my sons are twins. My wife and I have been married for 29 years. I am retired from the US Air Force and presently work as a detective with a local police department where I have worked for the past 15 years. I like to work on cars in my spare time but also like to go camping and hiking.

Why I am a Mormon

My father was in the military and we moved quite a bit in my youth. My parents were fairly religious and we attended church meetings either at the military chapel or in the local community. One thing I remember is saying The Lord's Prayer each night as a family before bedtime. I was never taught to pray on my own, that I could address Heavenly Father on my own or in my own words. My father's last assigment was at Hill Air Force Base, UT. I spent all my high school years in the local area. A girl from school gave me a Book of Mormon which I started reading. I soon began taking missionary lessons. At a certain point in our lessons, the missionaries asked me to read Moroni 10:3-4. They asked me to pray to find out for myself if the Book of Mormon was true. I was sixteen years old and for the first time I prayed on my own. This was very exciting for me as I had never prayed to my Heavenly Father in my own words. In fact, since I had only said The Lord's Prayer all my life, I felt Heavenly Father was some super being that did not care what I said or thought. As I prayed, the Holy Ghost testified to me of the truthfullness of the Book of Mormon. I will never forget the strong feelings I had, not from just the truthfullness of the book but also that I had a Heavenly Father who actually cared for me.

How I live my faith

Since my baptism in 1974 I have mainly been called to serve in the Young Men's organization. I have served as a Scout Master and Scout Committee Chairman. I have also served as the men's group leader. Presently, I serve as the leader of our young men's group. I help the young men 12 to 18 years of age to prepare for adulthood by encouraging them to be worthy of temple attendance and going on church missions. I help the young men plan campouts, hikes and other activities in our area. We just returned from a youth conference which we performed four hours of service at a local farm museum. I also am the lead advisor for my police department's Police Explorer post. We help the community by encouraging youth 14 to 20 years of age to to serve their community and also expose them to police work.