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Hi I'm Mark

I went to Stanford, was in charge of strategy for Pepsi and Pizza Hut. Currently run an educational non-profit. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California, attended Stanford University when there were hardly any Mormons on campus. I have lived and worked overseas and throughout the United States for 20+ years in corporate settings. Previously I was in charge of strategy for Pizza Hut and Pepsi Cola. 12 years ago I suffered a serious accident. I now work with a non profit that prepares kids (the first in their family) for college. I served on the School Board for 8 years. I have 5 children, a great wife (who is now on the School Board), the voters traded up! :), and 3 granddaughters. I am very blessed indeed. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has the answers to all of life's challenges. Some people see hunger, disease, men's cruelty to men, - and decide there cannot be a God. I believe those realities exist, and then God gives us the strength to deal with them. He doesn't take them away. As we learn to mold our will to His, we feel His spirit and it "softens" us, i.e., makes us more capable of feeling His love. We all need to be forgiven. I always say, "Let God judge. He knows more than we do." The best advice I have ever been give: Life is good. Let it go. Choose to be happy. The reality of Jesus Christ is so apparent to me. Either He did or did not live. Die and live again. In the history of the world, who else was publicly executed and then many people testified to seeing that person again as a resurrected being? The Bible and The Book of Mormon confirm Christ's reality.

Why I am a Mormon

I choose to believe in Jesus Christ. You cannot "prove" His reality and His life to anyone. You can however ask that one read with an open mind The Book of Mormon and The Bible. Every time, every time, I read those books, I want to be a better person. I want to have God's forgiveness and God's love in my life. Someone said that today we spend "too much time in front of screens" (Yes, I am in front of a 'screen' as I write this). We need to have more contemplative time. "Be still and know that I am God". Psalms 46:10 I think if we had more quiet, reflective moments, we would feel more of God's love in our lives. Many times we are just too busy. My favorite scripture is, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John14:27. I think everyone in the world wants to feel peace. Wants to feel safe. Wants to feel loved.

How I live my faith

I try to be a good husband, a good dad, (now grandfather), and an honest employee who delivers value added work for my employer. When our 5 children were young, I tried to make each one feel special. Frequently on Saturday, we would go out to breakfast, just one child with me, sort of a special time alone with dad. Also we have always tried to turn off the TV and eat dinner together as a family, - no matter how busy the different members of the family were with work, school plays, soccer, baseball, etc., etc. That has been a good practice. Now I try to plan in advance family vacations and reunions that everyone enjoys. We all get so busy and are living all over the country. It is nice to get together and feel loved and supported by family. In the Church they don't ask "what do you want to do?", they just give you an assignment and you do your best. I have worked with the young men, taught Sunday School and worked with the missionaries. All have been enjoyable assignments. I try to read daily from the Bible or the Book of Mormon. I also very much enjoy listening to the wisdom and counsel of living apostles and prophets. How blessed we are to live on the earth when there are prophets to guide us. I have also found that music can be a great source of comfort and strength. Sometimes I feel very emotional listening to certain selections of music. It is interesting I have noticed, "knowing" what to do isn't that difficult. It is "doing" what we know to be right. I suppose my life is a lot like others, you take 3 steps forward and then 1 backward. The backward steps can be discouraging, but I try to keep in mind that God loves me and wants me to do better to improve. I know how strongly I feel about my own children and grandchildren. I always hope for good a positive outcomes for them, even though they have to experience some tough times. I thing our relationship with our Heavenly Father is pretty similar. That perspective helps.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Mark
Our purpose is to learn to make the kinds of choice God makes, i.e., to choose to be honest, true, chaste, benevolent. To choose to forgive others for their mistakes; think / want the best for them, in other words to do, to think, to be as God does, think and is. We will never be 100% successful, only Jesus Christ was perfect, nevertheless we can improve a little more each day. Show more Show less