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Hi I'm Mark

I am an engineering professional living in Arizona. I have traveled extensively, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father of two great children. I like to spend time with my immediate family and with my large extended family. Family reunions are the events I look forward to most. I like to see new places, and have traveled around the United States, Asia, the Middle East, and Central America. I have great respect for people and cultures around the world. I am bilingual in English and Japanese and I consider myself a lifelong student. I am not naturally outgoing, but I love to teach others, and I get great satisfaction from doing things to help other people.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but I had to undergo a process of conversion in order to strengthen my faith and truly become a believer. For me, that conversion happened when I was about 18 years old and I received what for me was a sure knowledge that the Book of Mormon is true. Its account of the ministry of Jesus Christ and His teachings is true and has the power to change our hearts. I love what the Church teaches because it leads us to be better men and women. After decades of learning and teaching the principles we believe, I have found nothing that causes me to scratch my head and wonder if it is right, or would help me to be anything but a good person who loves and serves his family and loves and serves all of God's children. I frequently experience strong feelings and impressions that remind me that my faith is "true." I have found that it is very difficult to explain faith to a person who doesn't think they have any, but we all have faith in something, whether it is ourselves, other people, principles of science, or God and Jesus Christ. My faith in God has strengthened and improved my faith in all those other things and people. I owe everything that is good about me to my faith.

How I live my faith

I think of my life as consisting of three full-time jobs: my family, my employment, and church service, or service to others. Over the years, my church experience has included youth service projects, Boy Scouts, helping to administer the sacrament during our worship services, teaching children, youth, and adults on Sundays, and missionary work for two years in Japan. I currently serve as the leader of a local congregation of members, or a bishop. I sometimes spend over 20 hours a week doing things that are a direct result of my church responsibility, but I love it! It is not uncommon to spend 12-15 hours on Sundays in worship services, meetings, visits with people one-on-one or in their homes, etc. I enjoy that work, and I have found that I always have just enough energy to finish what I need to do.