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Hi I'm Mark

I love to help people grow and develop their leadership abilities. I am married and have twin 14-year-old boys. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am involved with leadership development for a large construction company. This has been a life-long passion for me. I spent 12 years on active duty in the Air Force, and 10 years in the Colorado National Guard, retiring after 22 years of service to our country. I am a musician, both intrumental and vocal. I play all lower brass intruments, and I am a tenor with a love for opera. In fact, I sang two seasons with Opera Colorado. Until recently, I also led a full 17-piece big band, playing lead trombone and serving as their vocalist. I have been married to my eternal companion for 20 years, and we are blessed to have twin sons.

Why I am a Mormon

My conversion was a long journey. I was raised Presbyterian by two wonderful parents who lived their committment to Christianity. In my teen years I began to recognize the great amout of hypocracy demonstrated by many of my peers. Their behavior on Friday nights did not match their behavior on Sunday mornings. It was not so much a matter of bad or good, as it was a matter of being the same. Over the years I continued to attend church regularly, but I always felt there was something more that I was missing. When I married my wife, she was a less-active Mormon. As we began our life together, we would move between my church and her church, alternating weeks. As I began to get to know some of the members of her church, I began to notice that their behavior was very consistent. When we would socialize on a Friday night, they acted the same way that they acted when I saw them at church on Sunday. Over time I began to sense that perhaps these people had found what I was seeking. So, one day when the misisonaries came to our house to check on my wife, I told them I wanted to begin the discussions so that I might learn more about the gospel. In a matter of a few months I was baptised by my Father-In-Law, and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. That was 16 years ago and I am so grateful to have found the answers to my questions. I know this is Christ's church. I know that Joseph Smith was indeed a modern-day prophet that was called to restore this church and the fullness of the gospel to the earth. I thank my Heavenly Father every day for the blessing I have in my eternal family. I have had the Spirit bear witness to me many times of the truthfulness of this gospel. My search for answers continues, but I now have the source for this knowledge, and I understand it is an eternal progression. My life is now filled with joy, and a deep sense of fullfillment.

How I live my faith

I have the opportunity to live my faith every day. I strive to live my life as an example of one who walks with Christ in his heart. Although I often fall short, I continue to try! I have the opportunity to serve with many older members from whom I can learn and grow in my faith. As I provide service to various members in my church, I find that I grow closer to my Heavenly Father. I have come to view service as a wonderful way to bring blessings into my life. This is a basic tenant of much of the leadership development I am engaged with professionally. I am able to share the value of service with leaders at every level, helping them to understand that by serving others they are demonstrating their love and committment to those who follow. I have also had the opportunity to serve the youth in my chuch through programs that help young men grow into respectful, responsible adults. One example of this type of program is the Boy Scouts. Our church uses this wonderful program to help our young men to learn and grow. I have watched my own sons develop through participation in the Scouting program. And, I have had the blessing of serving as an Assistant Scout Master, helping many young men develop. I have also been blessed with a pleasing voice, and I am able to share this gift with which Heavenly Father has blessed me with those in my congregation by singing solos as well as singing in our choir. In my personal life, my faith is the rock upon which I build my life and relationships. I strive daily to be the example my sons can follow of a man who honors his Father in Heaven and seeks to do good works in all aspects of my life. My wife, sons and I enjoy reading the scriptures together each evening, and our morning and evening family prayers are very special to us. My wife, sons and I are always trying to find ways to make a difference in our community by providing service to those in need.