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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a husband & father of seven, a city planner, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Midwestern United States and joined the LDS Church when I was 12. My grandmother and uncle were contacted by Mormon missionaries and were converted. Then my oldest brother went to stay with them for the summer to work nearby. He joined the church also and was soon followed by my next oldest brother. Not long after, my mom and i joined the Church. Seven years later, my Dad finally joined the Church while I was serving a mission in Australia (after supporting my older brothers on their missions). I received a Bachelor's Degree in Geography from Brigham young University. Since then my work as a city planner took me and my family to many places including Utah, Wyoming, Ohio, New Mexico, Texas, and finally Arizona. The Church has been there in every place as our one common link and the foundation of our lives.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was young and joined the Church about the same time as other members of my family, I didn't join the church just because the rest of my family did. I joined because I came to know for myself that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true and was restored in its fulness in our time through the prophet Joseph Smith. I was always religious. I was raised a protestant and believed in God and Christ. i attended church regularly and prayed and read the Bible and paid tithes. I sang in the choir and served as altar boy. When it came time for confirmation I attended classes but was disturbed to find the youth minister describe the Bible as Hebrew fairy stories recorded by Moses. He downplayed many other teachings that attracted my mother to the church in her youth. It left my mother and I disheartened and ready to consider that the truth might lie somewhere else. Then we were introduced to the Mormon Church. My testimony of the Mormon Church is based on the witness of the Spirit that Joseph Smith really did see and talk to God the Father and Jesus Christ and that the Book of Mormon and other scriptures are indeed the word of God.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite activities is finding my ancestors and going to the temple to do the ordinances of salvation for them. I have been doing family history since I first joined the Church at the age of twelve. That was over 45 years ago, and I still love doing it. It's so much easier to do now thanks to the Church and other organizations putting records and indexes on the internet. I also enjoy helping others to find their ancestors. I recently helped a woman look up her parents on familysearch.org. She had a rough childhood and was estranged from her parents at a young age. All she knew about her father was when and where he died and that he came from the East Coast. In just a few minutes we found him in the Social Security Index and when and where he was born. Then we found him with his family in the 1930 Census. In a few minutes we found them in earlier censuses and the grandparents were living with them as well. We did the same thing with what she knew about her mother and found her family and another generation. She later found a distant cousin who was doing research and keeping family records. She told me she now felt connected and not alone any more. That's what this work is all about -- being part of an eternal family.