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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a Baby Boomer, Coloradan, builder, husband, father, friend, sportsman, Eagle Scout, reader, and rock & roller. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My father was born on his father's birthday. I was supposed to be born on my father's birthday. That would have made 3 generations-grandfather, father and son-all born on the same date. However, that didn't happen. I was born 5 days late. I FEEL LIKE I'VE BEEN TRYING TO MAKE UP THAT 5 DAYS EVER SINCE! I had a great childhood full of fun and work. I loved school and succeeded at it. I have always loved to play and watch sports. I have been passionate about rock and roll music ever since "I heard my first Beatles song." I'm an Eagle Scout and absolutely loved Boy Scouts. Still do. I had a paper route for over 6 years and grew it to be the largest bicycle route in metro Denver. For 2 years, I was a missionary in Guatemala and El Salvador. I earned a degree in English Literature and then went on to get a law degree. I have been married for over 30 years (yes, to the same woman). I have children and grandchildren. I initially practiced law. Since that time I have devoted myself to my residential home construction business. I like to work. I love to read. I'm all about Shakespeare and Dickens. My very favorite thing to do is to go see musical theater. I like the outdoors and hiking around Colorado. I love to travel and visit special places and historical sites. I like movies but don't go to many of them because of their content. The movies I like though I really like. My favorite movies are those in which people struggle but become better people by the end of the movie.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel a great affinity towards the Apostle Peter. I know Peter is criticized for the perception that he was weak on a couple of occasions, e.g., failing to successfully walk on the water and denying knowing Jesus on the eve of His crucifixion. I see in Peter an exceptional yet imperfect man (this imperfection is probably why I identify with him.) Once Peter became fully committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ, he was an immoveable ROCK like his name signifies. I love the interchange between Peter and Christ found in the New Testament (John 6:60-69). Some of His disciples were offended by His "hard sayings" and murmured. These disciples "went back, and walked no more with him." Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, "Will you also go away?" I love Peter's response on behalf of the Twelve: "Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life." This is precisely how I feel about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. WHERE ELSE WOULD I TURN FOR THE TRUTH? I know this is the true church and there is none other. I testify of this to you. I know we have a Father in Heaven. We are His children. He loves us individually; He is aware of each of us. He sent His only Son to implement His plan of happiness on our behalf. Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, the promised Messiah, and is the only name given by which we can return to our Heavenly Father. I have no doubt of this. God's priesthood and all of the saving ordinances have been restored to the Earth after a long, dark apostasy. The restoration started with a young boy named Joseph Smith who became a modern-day prophet. Other prophets have followed and there is a living prophet today. How else could it be? One of the things that was given as part of the restoration was the Book of Mormon. I LOVE THIS BOOK! I have read it many times and know that it is a true book and the word of God. I didn't always know these things were true but I put it to the test and found out for myself they are.

How I live my faith

There was a time in my life that I felt a little embarrassed by being a member of the Church. It wasn't because I didn't think it was the "straight and narrow" path. It was just that I didn't want to have others think I was strange. I remember on a couple of occasions as we met people for the first time, my wife would come right out and say that we were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I would secretly think, "Now they will think we are wierd." Not any more. I'm proud to be a member of this Church and I now let everyone know that I am. If there's a possibility that someone will think I'm wierd, I just think, "Let the weirdness begin." I currently serve as a counselor in a bishopric. I love the people in our congregation. I have often worked with the youth of the Church and have always felt close to children and teenagers. I see such hope and promise in these younger generations. I love to watch our General Conferences. I take stock of my life at those times and always feel I am come up short but then I resolve to do better. I will always follow Jesus Christ. The Prophet, Apostles and other Church leaders are my heroes. I see Christ in their countenances. I used to look up to athletes, musicians and celebrities but no longer. I love attending sacrament meeting each Sunday and partaking of the sacrament of the bread and water. I love attending Sunday School class and learning more about the Savior and His gospel. I try to set a good example of being a believer "at all times and in all places." I don't swear. I don't listen to music or watch movies or TV shows that aren't clean. I want to be unspotted from the world. I have learned to enjoy being in the world but not of the world.