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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a husband and father, a lawyer, a cyclist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have one great wife and two great kids. We love to camp, hike, root for the Rockies, scuba dive and eat ice cream. We each have our favorite sports to play ranging from running to volleyball to football, soccer and baseball. My favorites are cycling, mountain biking, and most recently, scuba diving. I love to be outdoors enjoying fresh air, sunny days, and beautiful scenery. I crashed on my road bike last summer and broke my neck. I feel blessed to have made a full recovery. This summer I rode the Triple Bypass cycling race. It was the hardest athletic event I have ever participated in, which makes the bragging rights from having done it even sweeter.

Why I am a Mormon

Because I want answers to life's greatest questions: Where did I come from? What is the purpose of this life? What happens and where do we go when we die? We humans can rationalize and speculate about the answers to these questions all we want, but true answers to these questions can only come from one source: God. I believe what the Bible says in James 1:5 - that if a man lacks wisdom, he should faithfully ask of God, and God will answer his prayers. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches the answers to life's greatest questions and challenges the individual to become informed, study the Church's doctrine concerning the matter, ponder about it and then look to God for a confirmation of whether it is true through personal prayer. The answer comes through the appointed channel - the Holy Ghost - who has the power to confirm truth through feelings and impressions felt in a person's heart and mind. I have read the Bible and Book of Mormon, both of which testify that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that he suffered for the sins of mankind, that he offers the only way that a person can be happy in this life and in the hereafter. I also have studied the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I prayed to God to know whether these things were true, and God answered my prayers - not just once, but time and time again throughout my life. Because of this, I know truth is not reserved for the educated, the rich, the powerful, or the famous, but for the diligent and faithful who are willing to ask God in humble prayer.

How I live my faith

Like many of my faith, I had the opportunity to serve a 2-year mission at the age of 19. I was called to serve my mission in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where I served among some of the poorest people in the world. Take away nice homes, cars, bank accounts, the latest gadgets, and most everything else money can buy, and you can begin to understand the humble circumstances of the people with whom I spent two years of my life. What do they have then? Plain and simple: families. My first and foremost responsibilities in life are to my wife and children. That is why we do everything together: we pray together, attend church together, eat together, play together, vacation together, and work together. There are only two things that I believe will be mine in the life after this: what I have learned during my life and my family. Because of that, I try to be the husband my wife wants me to be and the father my children need me to be.