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Hi I'm Mark

I have a beautiful wife and 5 kids who enjoy hanging out with their old man who is young at heart. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I spent the first 14 years of my life in California. My family moved to Oregon where I went to high school. In High School I played Football, Baseball and raced on the ski team. My dad loved the outdoors and through my teenage years we hiked, climbed, rafted, kayaked, water skied and snow skied. I snow climbed Mt Hood a few times and snow climbed Mt Rainier. A friend and I made the evening news by skiing off the top of Mt Hood. I played football at Ricks college, played baseball at BYU, played Basketball for the University of Veronezh, Russia and was drafted to play single A baseball - I am a jack of many sports, but master of none. I graduated Brigham Young University, Marriott School of Management in general business. I spent most of my career selling software. Colorado is home for my family. My wife and I love where we live. We have wonderful friends and we enjoy watching our 5 kids in their various activities. I enjoy riding my mountain bike, skiing the high country and playing basketball.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have been taught and given knowledge of who I am, where I came from and where I'm going after this life. It teaches me that we are all connected as brothers and sisters here on earth spiritually through acts of kindness. It's hard to explain the great feeling we all get when we sacrifice and serve each other, I just know it is a divine part of our purpose and is critical to our peace and prosperity around the world. I served as a missionary for my church for two years in St. Louis, MO when I was 19. I experienced miracles in humble circumstances. Through prayer, I have discovered the true teachings of the Book of Mormon as another testament of Jesus Christ along with the Bible. My faith and understanding of Christ’s mission has inspired me to serve, repent and forgive often. I know obedience to true principles is critical in overcoming trials of mortal life.

How I live my faith

I'm writing this on the 10th anniversary of the September 11th. I still have a solid memory of the attack on civility. There was a positive outcome to our nation’s tragedy. For a moment in time, we came together as a nation dramatically more than I had ever experienced in my life. We connected with one another, putting off the natural man and replacing it with kindness and humility. In a time of hate toward our country, we unified as brothers and sisters for the common good. I was traveling a lot and once the Airport re-opened our rush to get through the security lines seemed to be tempered with patience. There was a reverence in our country after what had happened and our lives all of a sudden had more meaning. Most of us were seeking answers from God about our purpose in life. I had theological conversations with friends, co-workers and what use to be strangers sitting next to me on airplanes. I remember getting emotional when I saw the gratitude and praise from civilians toward those in uniform of the armed services. Despite the wickedness of a small few, I gained a renewed faith in humanity. With the blessing of my family and church, I can live my life with purpose and gratitude. I enjoy working and teaching the children and youth in my church, having had callings in primary, scouting and early morning seminary class for the youth at Highlands Ranch High School, CO. I had the wonderful opportunity to lead the Roxborough ward congregation for 5 years, working with great men and women in the small Roxborough community. My wife was an outstanding support during this time and I gained a great appreciation for her. I now support her as the primary president in our church presiding over 100 kids and teachers.