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Hi I'm Mark

I'm an illustrator working in the comics and children's literature industries, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an illustrator working in the comics and children's literature industries. I make a living doing what I love to do. I'm self-employed and loving every minute of it. I have the great opportunity of working from home, so I am always around my family. I'm a father of 3 rambunctious boys, the youngest two being TWINS!

Why I am a Mormon

Like many other members of our faith I was raised in it. I was baptized a member of the church when I was 8 years old. My parents are LDS and their parents were LDS and so forth. But, when you become a teenager and think that you know better than your parents, you begin to question everything that you've been taught. You begin to see and hear other points of view that you were not raised on. You ponder in your heart the meaning of things. Why am I alive? Why do I exist? What's the point of it all? My parents say that they know that answer, so how do I come to gain that answer for myself? That's when you pray. After pondering, contemplating, researching and thinking about who you are and why you're here, you pray. You pray and ask your Father in Heaven if he actually exists. After you receive that answer you then ask Him if what you have been taught is true. When you receive those answers, then there is no denying. I've read materials of other faiths and been to their sermons and services. Nothing have brought me a feeling of peace, comfort and assurance as my Mormon faith. Nothing has given me the answers to life's questions as my Mormon faith. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

As an illustrator I've had companies, magazines, and other businesses ask me to do work that would conflict with my beliefs. It's hard when you work for yourself, and you need the money to support your family, to say no, or to turn down some potential income because of your convictions and way of life. But, nothing bad has come of it. Turning down those jobs did not ruin my career. The Lord has blessed me with good work for good clients and I've never regretted turning down those jobs. Because of the nature of my job it is in my best interest to place myself "out there" on the internet so that clients can find me and hire me for illustration work. This means that I need to be especially careful with how I talk to others online. But, it really isn't that hard if you live the principles of the gospel on the internet. Be kind and helpful to people. Be honest. Just remember that behind an avatar on that website is a human just like you. If it's not something you would say to their face, then don't say it on the internet. In my ward, or congregation, I am currently the teacher of the 8-9 year olds. They are so much fun to teach and to work with. They're honest, humble, and eager to learn. They can also be a bit of a handful, and fairly rowdy at times, but it wouldn't be a fun job if they were perfect.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Mark
As an artist I've learned of something referred to as "The Divine Proportion" or the "The Golden Ratio". This proportion or ratio is common among all living AND non-living things. The same spiral design can be found in a snail shell and a raging hurricane. We can clearly see that "All things denote there is a God." - Alma 30:44 As artists we all have a certain "style" in which we draw things. I hope that this doesn't sound demeaning, but I believe that our Heavenly Father has a "style". All things on this earth clearly show me that it was created. There are too many "coincidences" all around us to be accidental. The human machine is too complex to have been slowly evolved over time. When you look at Mt. Rushmore, how can you decipher it from the surrounding mountains? It was purposefully chiseled out of the rock to look a certain way. No wind, rain and natural erosion could make a mountain look that way. It was created. The proof that there is a Creator is all around us. Show more Show less