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Hi I'm Mark

I'm an engineer. I live in Washington USA. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to the most wonderful woman I have ever known for 29 years. We have four great children and now three beautiful grandchildren. I have lived in Washington almost all my life and I have learned to love it here. I graduated from BYU 25 years ago and I have always encouraged my children to attend BYU and I loved it. Three of them have attended BYU and two are currently enrolled there. I travel pretty extensively for my job and I have visited many other countries and many areas of the US. I enjoy getting to know people in other parts of the world and I have found that they are all pretty much friends I haven't met yet. I enjoy my work and I probably spend a little bit to much time doing it. I like outdoor activities like camping and hiking. Lately I haven't been able to do as much of those things as I would like, but I suppose we do those things that are priorities so I guess I am choosing not to do those things. My favorite activity at this point in my life is spending time with my grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in a family that were already active Mormons. It would seem that I didn't have the choice of whether or not to be one myself, however membership in the church has always been a choice for every member and I still had to choose to be a part of the Church or not. For a short time, I was completely inactive in the Church, but I returned to activity. People who join the church as adults are known as "Converts", which has always implied to me that the lifetime members do not require conversion. I can assure you that every active member (and probably most inactive members also) have had to be converted to the gospel. I testify that the Gospel of Jesus Christ exists in its fulness today and it can be found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I love being a Mormon and I am happy that you are reading this so now you know how I feel.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is probably more work than just being a member of other churches. Mormons are given assignments like speaking or teaching. Being a Mormon is more of a lifestyle than it is just a member of an organization. There are very few days which pass where the Church doesn't come up in my life and it works as a constant reminder to me that the Lord cares about me and every other person and sometimes He needs me to help someone else. I have given thousands of hours of service over my life and I do not think that any of those hours were wasted. I have benefitted by the service I provide for others more than they have ever benefitted from me doing something for them. The service I provide to others is soon forgotten by them, but the benefit to me is lifelong.