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Hi I'm Mark

I grew up in the US and Canada. I'm a swimmer/scuba diver and a business man. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in the US, but was raised in Canada. I was a competitive swimmer and went to college on a swimming scholarship. Currently, I own a small financial planning business. I'm slowly working my children into taking over the business when I retire. In my spare time I do some volunteer scuba diving at the Denver Aquarium, play racquetball with friends, do weight training with my wife, hike and bike on the local and mountain trails, swim for relaxation, and volunteer at the temple. Life is very busy, but we have made time for some international travel. Particularly to scuba diving sites like Cozumel, Bonaire, Belize, and Bali. I'm a very happily married man with 6 great kids and 8 grand kids. They live around the country so that gives us another excuse to travel and visit. We had 6 kids in 7 years, but we cheated. We adopted a boy when he was 12 and that completed our family. Over the years we have opened up our home to a couple of foster kids, foreign exchange students, 25 missionaries, and the occasional person that needed a place to stay for awhile. I love having lots of people, love, and laughter in our home. Reading about history and other non fiction books are my favorite. I can be very vocal about political ideas and love to discuss important topics. I relish serving the Lord in the temple every week where I can work with friends and serve the Lord.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized both Catholic and Methodist as a child, but only remember Methodist services. I was a typical non Mormon teenager heading for college on a swimming scholarship. Something happened at the last minute and I wasn't able to go to a local university. The next day I received in the mail a postcard from a friend traveling in Scotland and she told me that BYU was looking for a backstroker. It was two weeks before school started and I didn't think there was any way I could switch schools that quickly, but the BYU coach liked my times and he offered me a scholarship. I packed my bags and my parents drove me to Provo to go to school. I didn't have the heart to tell them that I hadn't actually heard if I was accepted at the school. They left me off on the corner by the pool and drove off. I'm glad I was accepted and they even had a place for me to stay. I took a Book of Mormon class and loved what I was reading. It all made so much sense. People were so friendly and the lifestyle choices made me feel like I had return home instead of living a 1,000 miles away from where I grew up. I didn't want to be brainwashed at school so I choose not to be baptized until I had a chance to go back to Canada and live the gospel away from BYU. I found going to church and living the gospel was home no matter where I lived. I was baptized during that summer and received this incredible and powerful spiritual confirmation that I had made the right choice the next day. The spirit told me that Heavenly Father had worked hard to teach me the gospel and I needed to respect his attention. Living the gospel, although it seemed like a tough decision, became easy after the baptism. Three years later I went to Western Samoa as a missionary. It was an incredible inspiring time to teach the gospel and witness miracles. I met my wife after returning from the mission field and we have continued to enjoy the spirit in our home.

How I live my faith

I have found that daily personal scripture study and prayer have been key to living the gospel. When there are problems in the family the answers have appeared in my scripture study or during a prayer many times. During the many years I taught high school religion classes for teenagers before school was a great experience. They would bring to class all the challenges and problems of growing up today and we got to tackle those problems with the scriptures, with prayers, with advise from good friends, and with good choices. For a time my wife and I planned bid activities and parties for the congregation. That skill spilled over into our neighborhood. We would be in charge of these big block parties and we had to come up with games and activities that were fun enough that the neighbors didn't miss drinking. It was a challenge but the neighbors had a ball and it helped all of us live out faith. Raising 6 kids to succeed in today's world required a good example from me and that helped in those difficult times when the world tempted family members. We found that making deposits of time alone with each child every week, deposits of personal attention in their activities, investment of time and patience into listening to the kids stories, and insuring we made family memories all contributed to their emotional bank accounts. That way when we ask them to wear certain clothes, avoid certain movies, and make good choices there was enough deposits in the emotional bank account to make a few withdrawals. We have strived to live a Christ like life and have a Christ centered home. With the Savior as a partner, we have received many blessing that help us live our faith.