Hi I'm Mark.
I'm a husband and a father. I'm an educator and a dancer. I'm a Korean-speaker. And I'm a Mormon.
I'm a middle school math teacher, currently working toward a master's degree in secondary education. I'm married to the woman of my dreams, and we are building our family with one child so far. I love to dance, especially Salsa, and I try to take every opportunity to dance socially, perform in showcases, teach dance to beginners, or even DJ for church, community, and school dances. I speak Korean at about the level of a high school native, and I love the language, literature, culture, food, people and just about everything else about the country. I live for social interaction and if there's a good time to be had, I want to have it. I love my life. I love my family. I love my God. And I love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Why I am a Mormon
Though I was born a 7th-generation Mormon, faith did not always come easy to me. In a world that seems to be increasingly non-religious, or even anti-religious, it became difficult for me in my younger years to simply go through the motions of church activity without questioning why it was necessary or even important. However, when times have been hard and hope has seemed lost, I have truly witnessed miracles that could have happened in no other way than by deliberate and divine intervention. But more than any one awe-inspiring event, I have faith because of the blessings I receive daily at the hand of the Lord: a family that loves and supports me when so many families are broken; a phone call from a good friend when I prayed that morning of how lonely I was; inspiration to know what I should say to calm an angry parent when their child fails a math test; and direction as to whom I should help and how when someone I know is in trouble. More specifically, I have chosen the Mormon faith because of how living the teachings of the church has blessed my life. Refraining from drugs, alcohol and other harmful substances have spared me indescribable pain and heartache. Setting aside time to pray, read scriptures, and play with my family has made me a better husband and father and strengthened my family relationships. Being willing and anxious to reach out and serve others has deepened me and made me a more compassionate person than I otherwise would be. And striving to follow the life example of the Savior has helped me feel closer to Him, and to learn more about Him and His love for me.
How I live my faith
Because the plan of our Heavenly Father is designed for the salvation and continuation of families, the number one thing I can do to live my faith is to try to be a good husband and father. When I serve, support, and play with my family, I feel happier and more fulfilled, and I am better able to maintain the Spirit of the Lord in my home and in my life. I live my faith by studying scripture and offering daily prayer. I live my faith when I show patience toward, ask forgiveness from, and express gratitude to people around me. I also live my faith by working to fulfill my responsibilities in my local congregation. I currently serve with the youth, particularly with the young men in Boy Scouts. Having been a boy scout myself, I love being able to serve where I can there, and help others develop some of the life and social skills I was able to develop going through the same program.