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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a lawyer and father of five children. I am a trail runner interested in pushing the limits of my endurance. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Being a husband and father are the most important things in my life. I love my family and enjoy having the privilege of supporting and nurturing them. They bring meaning and substance to my existence, and I can't imagine being without them. I have always been a little bit obsessive about my hobbies and interests. I love to learn about things, to understand and master them, and to help my family enjoy them as well. My theory (or is it justification?) is that through hobbies and interests, we enrich our own lives and the lives of our families. We can help our children be excited about life and its incredible richness by helping them find joy and happiness in learning, in finding our potential, and in creating things of beauty. Over the past 6 or 7 years I have become an enthusiastic trail runner. I find running is an excellent way to gauge and increase my fitness, helping me get closer to my full potential. My nature is to take things to the extreme, and running has been no exception. I ran my first 50 mile trail race in 2009 and my first 100 miler in 2010. Last month I completed a 38-hour nonstop wilderness hike and run through Rocky Mountain National Park and the Indian Peaks Wilderness. My family has been involved in all of these adventures, supporting me and helping me succeed.

Why I am a Mormon

I was lucky enough to be raised in the LDS church under their guidance. My parents are wonderful. My father is one of the greatest examples of selfless charitable giving and service that I have ever known. My mother is a rock, with faith that never wavers. My own testimony has undergone its own challenges, but over the years the core of my faith--that God lives, that his Son Jesus Christ lived on Earth and died for us, and that His gospel has been restored in its fulness through the Prophet Joseph Smith--remains stronger than ever. I find as I live the teachings of the Savior I am happy and fulfilled. Being a member of the Mormon Church has given me direction and guidance, helped me make better choices, and ultimately made me a better person. I love the Lord Jesus Christ and am eternally thankful for his atoning sacrifice for me. He suffered and died for our sins, making it possible for us to be forgiven. As I try to make myself better through discipline and faith, his perfect teachings and comforting spirit are a constant guide.

How I live my faith

Over many years living in Colorado I have had rich and fulfilling opportunities to serve my church and my community. I was the scoutmaster of a local boy scout troop for several years. I have worked with younger children, and also served in an administrative capacity in which I had the opportunity to speak in congregations around the area. Most recently, I was asked to teach a teacher development class, in which I attempted to convey my love of teaching and of those I have been privileged to teach. I am heavily involved in local open space access efforts, helping recreation groups work with government land managers to improve trail networks and preserve our beautiful outdoor resources. I also volunteer with a local rock climbing organization that acts as a liaison between climbers and city managers. My life is tremendously busy and full. Having five children, four of which are teenagers, we have had to make some sacrifices so that we can have family time together. We have made Sunday our special day for family and church activities, and we're pretty strict about this. For our little ones, this has meant no birthday parties or sports events on Sunday. For our teenagers, it has meant no weekend trips or visits to friends houses on that day. And for me, this has meant giving up weekend trips to climb mountains and run with friends. But it has brought us countless blessings in the form of family time together, during which we can spend time with each other, attend church, play games, and watch movies. It is my firm belief that these small shared experiences are what ultimately bonds us as a family, not just in a formal or legal way, but as a group of people that loves each other and identifies with each other.