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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Bishop. I am retired but am involved in my community helping people with many personal needs. I am part-owner in a local mom-n-pop hardware store providing supplies and services to my community.

Why I am a Mormon

After my marriage to my wife of some 47 years, I needed have some answers as to what faith we should bring-up our children. During the first ten years of our marriage, I had remained in my previous faith (Protestant), while we alternately attended both houses of worship. After considerable prayer and fasting (two and a half days), I petitioned the Lord in sincerity as to which church was right for me and my family. As you read and speak these words, He told me to "join my church." Knowing this to be a strong form of communication from Heavenly Father, I immediately phoned the Bishop in my ward at the time, and requested an appointment for baptism. He was elated, to say the least, as was I and my family. I have never looked back and am thankful that I listened to his counsel and direction.

How I live my faith

As Bishop, currently, I am a presiding High Priest as well as a father to my ward (congregation). This means that I have a responsibility to not only my immediate congregation, but also to all individuals living within my geographic ward boundaries. We estimate this number to actually be some 24 - 25 thousand people, and in today's world, with today's economy this gives new meaning to the word "retired." In addition, I am a father and a grandfather, and enjoy the opportunities to spend time with my children and grandchildren, as they number five children and 17 grandchildren, currently. Aside from my religious responsibilities, being part-owner of a local hardware store, we are always busily engaged in some form of community activity or service.

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

In Oklahoma City some years ago when tornadoes struck and destroyed many buildings and homes, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was one of the first to send both supplies and people to the disaster area. After some days, a local news reporting agency questioned inhabitants of the disaster area, as to where and who most of their assistance came from. One woman responded that there were two agencies that gave the most assistance. The first was the "Mormons;" and the other was the "Latter-day Saints." Though we will never seek, nor receive recognition appropriately deserving the Church, it is safe to say that in any disaster around the world, the Latter-Day Saint Church is usually the first with the most necessary aid. We believe that we are all children of a Heavenly Father and that our Savior Jesus Christ, is our Elder brother. This basic principle drives our behavior as a church and as a people. When we are in the service of your fellow beings, you are only in the service of your God. (Mosiah 2:7) Show more Show less