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Hi I'm Mark

I'm an aerospace engineer (rocket scientist) and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father of six. I have four daughters and two sons. I have 26 grandchildren that all live within 40 miles of our house. The oldest grandchild is 16. When they all come over at once, it really gets hectic. One day I read an article in a magazine about electric car conversions. I decided I wanted one. I took the engine out of my 1998 Metro and installed an electric motor. I performed the entire conversion myself. I drove the electric Metro for one year (3000 miles) when the batteries gave out. I decided I didn't want an electric car anymore and gave it away.

Why I am a Mormon

While my parents were members of this church when I was born, I had to find out for myself if the teachings were of God. Through extensive study, thinking, praying, and pondering, I received a spiritual witness that the teachings were true. While studying as an engineer, I learned the scientific method. That is: start with a hypothesis, devise an experiment to prove the hypothesis, perform the experiment, and draw conclusions. If the experiment can be reproduced by an independent party with the same results, the hypothesis is correct. There is an experiment outlined in the Book of Mormon that has been verified thousands of times with the same result. The cool thing is that you can perform the experiment over and over with the same result.

How I live my faith

The church is a part of my daily life. I try to live the teachings of Jesus Christ with every decision I make. I am not perfect and still have my trials. My co-workers like the way I treat them as children of God instead of just colleagues. We respect each other and treat each other kindly as Christ showed. I help people, when asked, with their personal budget. We look at income and expenses and find ways to make ends meet. In our economy today, this has been a valuable help to the people I serve.