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Hi I'm Mark

I was born in Minnesota, then moved to Arizona when I was six. Now I'm a Texan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am non-stop. I am in medical school and applying for residency in anesthesiology at this time. My wife and three kids help me maintain balance in my life. I have ridden my bike over 7000 miles since starting medical school, as I use it to commute most of the time. Other times I drive my 1973 Ford pick-up. I love spending time with my family doing house projects or doing yard work. I love to wrestle with my two boys and make my baby girl laugh. I am most happy when I am serving others, and am trying to teach that to my children as well. I love having fun and laughing.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, I had friends that were Mormon, but had no interest in their religion. One day the missionaries for the Church came knocking at my door and I was sure that my friends had sent them. It turns out they were just out doing there normal tracting and found me, a typical 16 year old teenager with interests that included anything that I felt would benefit me. The missionaries starting talking to me about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. The principles they shared with me made sense. I always believed in God up to that point and believed that he never changes. With that being said, if God had called prophets previously to speak to his children, why wouldn't He have prophets in modern times? From that first visit I began to be interested in learning more and finding out for myself through prayer if Joseph Smith was a prophet and the Book of Mormon was true. God manifested the truth to me through sincere prayer. I felt it in my heart and understood it with my mind. I wanted to be baptized, but being that I was only 16 I needed parental consent. My mom said I needed to wait until I was 18. Later that year she had an experience where she was introduced to the missionaries and wanted to find out more for herself. She did too, and now my mom, my sister, and myself are Mormons. Since joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I have felt closer to my Savior and Heavenly Father than ever before. I have found forgiveness for my sins and continue to work daily to become more like Jesus Christ. This brings such joy to me that I always want to be a Mormon. I know what life is like without the teachings of modern prophets and the teachings in the Book of Mormon. The life I have now with the knowledge of living prophets and God's continued love for his children is much better than the alternative.

How I live my faith

An important part of our faith is looking after our fellow saints as is described in the New Testament. I help to organize the teaching of members of our church in their homes. I have helped move more families than I can count. I have visited people at just the moment they were most desperate for a helping hand and caring heart. I live my faith each day at work and school in serving others. I mentor children with learning disabilities. I stop when strangers need help with their cars, because I know what is like to be stuck in the middle of the road with a car that won't start. I try to brighten the lives of those I meet each day with a genuine smile and an expression of caring. I try to learn more each day about Jesus and His teachings through studying the scriptures and applying what I learn. I draw closer to my Heavenly Father through regular prayer. In short, I try to live my faith by doing what Jesus would do since that is who I am trying to be like.

Are Mormons Christians?

Absolutely and wholeheartedly. The official name of the Church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We believe Jesus Christ is our Savior and provided the perfect example for us to return to live with our Heavenly Father. We strive to follow all of the teachings of Jesus Christ and as such I believe that qualifies us to be Christians. Show more Show less