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Hi I'm Mark

l've lived all over the U.S. and Europe. I enjoy meeting people of all cultures. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband (20 years) and father of two children: a daughter about to go to college and a son in high school. I also come from a large family of six children, so family is very important to me. The best experiences I have are from sharing time with family and friends. Many of my close friends are scattered over the U.S. and Europe, but I make time to stay in touch and try to be part of their lives. I work in government auditing in the energy field, which is (to me) more interesting than it may sound as developments in energy are shaping the future of our nation and the world. I enjoy walking and getting out in nature, as well as reading, music, following current events and discussing issues with friends, and keeping up my knowledge of German language and culture. I have lived twice in Germany--once as a Mormon missionary and another time as an exchange student at a German university.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into a Mormon family, since adolescence I have consciously chosen to be part of this church because I have had a spiritual witness that it is true. It gives happiness, meaning, and direction to my life. It also answers vital questions about why I was born into this world and who I should strive to be. When I was a young man I had the opportunity to spend two years in Germany sharing the Mormon message that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth with others; it was one of the best times of my life. Through the years I have found that those who are sincerely seeking to follow the Savior can and will receive their own spiritual witness of the truth of this message. The love of God for us, His children, is truly amazing.

How I live my faith

For me it's all about service to others. I believe the words of Christ when He says that if you serve others, you serve Him. I enjoy working with the children and youth in the church, especially in the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Young Women organizations we have. It's great watching them learn and grow from new experiences. Together we've served others in the community through food and clothing drives, preparing emergency supplies and kits for those in need, serving food to the hungry, and even helping people with yard work. Currently, I'm very fortunate to temporarily serve as one of the leaders of my local Mormon congregation. This gives me a birds-eye view of the people of this church. Despite our imperfections as individuals, I can truly say that you won't find a more caring, hard-working, and service-oriented group who are striving to follow the Savior and His teachings. We want to reach out to others in the community and serve with them.

Are Mormons Christians?

Mark
Yes, Mormons are Christians. To me a Christian is anyone who accepts and believes in Jesus Christ as our Savior, and strives to follow His teachings and keep His commandments. This I do with all my heart, despite my personal shortcomings. I am grateful for His love, grace, and care for me and for all people everywhere, regardless of their beliefs. The term "Mormon" is a just nickname based on our belief in the Book of Mormon as a second witness for Christ, alongside the Bible which we also believe in as the first witness for Christ. The real name of the church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which should give evidence that Jesus Christ is the heart of this church. Show more Show less