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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a husband and father. I'm a singer. I'm a music teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married and have four children--two boys and two girls. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family. Music is my passion and my profession. I love to sing!. I also LOVE my job teaching General and Choral Music to kindergarten through 8th graders at a local public school. I teach private voice lessons and enjoy helping others improve their singing and understanding of music. I graduated with a B.A. in Music from Brigham Young University in 1991. There I sang with Dr. Ronald Staheli's BYU Singers for three years, and was President of the choir in 1990-1991. I earned a Master of Music Education degree from CU-Boulder, with a minor in Choral Conducting, and have worked as Assistant Conductor to Duain Wolfe and the Colorado Children's Chorale. I helped direct the Colorado Mormon Chorale from 1997 to 2010, and have been the Musical Director of several musicals and pit orchestras.

Why I am a Mormon

Born into the Church (6th generation), I was blessed to grow up with the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my home. I have always felt a sense of safety and peace that come from knowing my Heavenly Father's plan for me. I have always strived (though not perfectly) to keep the commandments and have felt the blessings of obedience and repentance in my life. Knowing that there is a living prophet on the earth gives me great comfort. I turn to him—and all of our inspired leaders—when I need comfort or support. For example, following the bombing of the World Trade Center in September of 2001, I was shaken. I was worried about our nation and our world. Less than a month later our Prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley, spoke in a General Conference of the church and gave me great reassurance, comfort, and strength. He said, “let us not panic nor go to extremes. Let us be prudent in every respect. And, above all, my brothers and sisters, let us move forward with faith in the Living God and His Beloved Son.” He also said, “Are these perilous times? They are. But there is no need to fear. We can have peace in our hearts and peace in our homes. We can be an influence for good in this world, every one of us.”

How I live my faith

Primarily, I live my faith in my home. As a husband and father I try every day to lovingly serve my family. We pray together, study the scriptures together, play together, and serve others together. We're a "normal" family that has its problems, but we find unity and joy in striving to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I serve as a counselor to the bishop in our ward, which means I get to help serve the entire ward! I help with the children, the youth, and the adults. I also help teach and coordinate meetings.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Mark
As a musician, I have many friends who are paid musicians in their churches. They are surprised that I donate my time to serve as a singer and choir conductor. I have never begrudged the time I've donated to serve others in musical positions or in teaching and leadership positions. In fact, I find great JOY in serving others. The Savior is our great example of service. Knowing that the callings I have received and assignments I have been given have come to me through the prayerful inspiration of my leaders gives me added assurance that I can do what has been asked of me. Show more Show less