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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Seattle area and I am the third of four very energetic boys in our family. After surviving adolescents and graduating from high school, I attended the local junior college. I have always enjoyed athletics and was fortunate to have had the opportunity to play college basketball. As a young man I married my beautiful wife and we transferred to BYU where I completed my degree. My family and I spent five wonderful years in southern Utah where I taught and coached. After leaving Utah we moved to Hawaii where I coached college basketball. After two sunny years in Hawaii we returned to the Pacific Northwest where I have been coaching and teaching for the past twenty-five years. We have truly made Washington State our home. Our family loves to spend time together and we can frequently be found on the lake, wakeboarding, tubing and just having fun. My wife and I have been blessed with five children and thirteen grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert to the church, joining my senior year in high school. Quite a few of my family members and friends were a little confused about my decision to get baptized because I was never one to show much interest in any type of organized religion. Family prayer, Sunday worship, and scripture study was not a part of my up-bringing. When I was introduced to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, their message was simple and they spoke about the restoration of the gospel. They challenged me to find out for myself if their message was true. I accepted the challenge and through study and prayer I came to gain a personal knowledge of the divinity of Jesus Christ as my Savior and Redeemer and the restoration of the gospel. With this new born faith I entered the waters of baptism.

How I live my faith

My faith has changed my life and has given me a direction I never had before. I have developed a greater appreciation for families in the eternal plan of our Father in Heaven. It has given me the opportunity to serve and grow. I am far from perfect, but the gospel of Jesus Christ has made me a better person today than I was yesterday, but still challenges me to be even better tomorrow.