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Hi I'm Mark

I have been a school teacher and a coach for 35 years and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have worked at a number of jobs such as school custodian, fire fighter, sprinkler pipe mover, and hot dog packager. For the last 35 years I have been a school teacher and have coached football, boys and girls basketball, baseball, and track and field. I have been a certified water safety instructor and life guard and taught swimming lessons for 30 years. I have a beautiful wife of 37 years and we have 6 children with 7 grandchildren. I enjoy all kinds of sports and love to fix things or at least try to fix things as my wife would tell you. I also like to read but most of all I enjoy being with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family and both my parents held leadership roles in the church. On my father's side of the family his ancestors joined the church and came to Salt Lake with the pioneers. Even though I grew up with the church I still had to develop my own faith. I saw the example of my parents and grand parents and their faith and I felt the strength it brought to our family and home. I grew up wanting to have that same strength and spirit in my family. I lived the church teaching as I grew up and I felt the promptings of the spirit but it wasn't until I was in my late teens that I had to decide if I truly believed what I had been taught. My nonmember friends were becoming involved with things that went against church teachings and they seemed to be having fun. A good friend who was one of my room mates at college gave me some very good advice. He said if you want to know if the church is true do your best to live by its teachings and see how you feel about your life. I took his advice and as I focused on the role the church played in my life I came to realize that I really did have a testimony of the truthfulness of the things I had been taught. I knew then and have an even greater knowledge now that I can have joy in this life by living according to the teachings of the Mormon Church. I can feel the same spirit in my home and with my family now that I felt in my parents home when I was growing up.

How I live my faith

Our church teaches that service to others is one of the keys to living a Christ like life. I have had many opportunities for service over the years both in the church and in my community. I served as a leader in our youth organization and as a scout master for many years. I have enjoyed many camp outs and service projects with the young men as well as sharing many spiritual experiences with the youth. I have also had the opportunity to serve as a leader in adult organizations in the church and to sit in council with people who were struggling with a variety of problems in their lives. The church teaches that we should be actively involved in our communities and I have tried to follow that council. I have been an EMT with the volunteer ambulance service in our small town for 30 years. Through this I have had the opportunity to help a great number of people in times of need and distress and have even delivered two babies. I have great sorrow but have felt blessed to be able to help people. I have also been a member of the town council and served several terms as mayor. As a school teacher I have had the privilege of working with 3 generations of families and have grown close to many of them. I hope that I have always been an example of what the gospel teaches.