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Hi I'm Mark W. Killian

I am a Real Estate Broker, Rancher, former Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Mesa, attended Mesa public Schools, Mesa Community College, took a 2 year break to serve a mssion for the Savior in Washington D.C., returned to Marry my sweetheart Nancy Hoopes and finish my education in Real Estate at Arizona State University (81). We have 6 children and 5 grandchildren. My Brother and I run the family business in Ranching, Farming and Real Estate sales and development. I served in the Arizona House of Representatives for 14 years and retired as the Speaker of the House. The Governor then asked that I serve as the Director of the Arizona Department of Revenue. I returned to the family business after six years and now oversee two ranches and three farms in Arizona. I currently serve on the Arizona Board of Rengents that governs the work of the three universities in Arizona. I enjoy helping my community and making our state a better place for all people. My greatest joy is my wife Nancy and our six children and grandchildren. Without them I would be a lost and sad person. Doing things with them is what life is all about. My wife has been my greatest support in life and with out her I could not have accomplished much in this life. I love horses and dogs. I raise ranch quarter horses and astrailian Shepherds. There nothing better than a good ranch horse and a good cattle dog. I also for a hobby raise chickens. To many to count. My other interest in raising pumpkins to sell in the fall at the farmers markets in the valley.

Why I am a Mormon

Heavenly Father has great love for his children here on earth. Part of that love has been expressed in the life of his Son Jesus Christ. The teachings of Jesus are hevenly Fathers guides for us to have a happy and healthy life. One of Heavenly Fathers greatest blessings for his children are the scriptures and the opportunity to pray and communicate with him. I count myself richly blessed in this life to have this knowledge and to know that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior, without his atonement I could not return to live with Father in Heaven. From the beginning of time Heavenly Father has communicated with his children throught he Prophets, to know that we have a living prophet today gives me great comfort. The Bible and the Book of Mormon are the guide posts to our lives and God's direction for us. I take great comfort in knowing that many of life's problems can be solved by turning to the scriptures and reading and pondering the teachings of Christ and the prophets and apostles. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, that he did in fact see in vision Heavenly Father and Jesus Chirst. That the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that it was translated by the gift of God through Joseph Smith. That We have latter-day Prophets on the earth today to teach us and help us understand what Heavenly Father wants us to do to be happy and successful. I take great comfort in knowing that I can be with my family forever as I live worthy of my temple covenants, and as I repent and improve each day. I know that I am not perfect and that I have made many mistakes in my life and that is why I am so gratful for the gospel of repentance. Each Sunday as I partake of the Lords sacrement I can renew my baptisimal covenants, committ to be better and improve each week. What a great blessing in my life to keep trying to improve each day and be a better a better person. I know God hears and Answers prayers in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

How I live my faith

Often times while I was in legislature the press would ask me if my private life was seperate from my public life, and did I leave my religion at the door step of the capital. My response in every case was That my religion was my life, that I could not seperate my every day life from my every day religion. It defines me, it is what I believe, it is what guides me and gives me direction in my life. I never ran away from my religion during debates or election campaigns. People knew I was a mormon and if they did not want to vote for me because of that, so be it. I try every day to live my religion by the example that I set, by how I treat others, living the golden rule, being kind and generous to all, showing respect to all. My life is my religion, and I hope that I have lived in such a fashion that people see in me the light of Christ and because of that they to want to be better people. I am not perfect, nor do I profess to be, but the great teaching my mother gave me each and every day as I walked out the door to go to school was the follwoing: "Remember Who You Are and What you Represent!" What great wisdom. My faith is expressed in my family, my friends, my chruch work, my work in the community and in our business dealings. My Faith gives me a chance to serve others in our local congregations, by visiting the sick, the poor and the needy, helping other churches serve the poor and less fortunte. I have served with the youth in the church for many years as a boy scout leader, young womens adult advisor and teaching children in the primary. Every day I look for some way to help others in one way or another. My Faith reminds me that no man is an Island, that God expects me to take care of my brothers and Sisters in this world with compassion and respect. My favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct they paths."

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Mark W. Killian
We help everyone. In our local churches we do a turkey drive each thanksgiving for St. Vincent de Paul. We have gathered over 1000 turkeys each year for the last 8 years. Some people say why would the mormons help the catholics. Well Catholics help feed the poor and they need help in this very important cause and we want to help them and see that the poor and the needy are served especially during the holidays. We do many service projects in our area to help all people. We do not stop to check and see what religion people are before we help, the Lord taught that we must help all people, not just mormons. We believe that, we live that and we priactice that very important gospel teaching. Show more Show less