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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a grad student working to improve kids' social skills. I love sports and music and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First, and most importantly, I am a husband and father. I have a beautiful wife whom I love dearly and two sweet and adorable (most of the time) children. Nothing has brought me more joy than the love I receive from my family. I am also a graduate student. I am assisting a project designed to improve children's social skills. So many children act in aggressive and anti-social ways because no one has ever taught them positive social interaction. This project involves finding ways to teach children social skills while they are working on their current academic curriculum so that children can learn their material and learn to work well with others at the same time. I love sports, particularly basketball and football. More than watching, I love playing. The best way to start my day is getting up at 5am to play basketball with friends. I also love music; playing, singing, and listening. I've found the best way to wind down after a long day is playing guitar and singing to my kids before they go to sleep.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I've learned that the only truly fulfilling and long-lasting peace comes from living the gospel of Jesus Christ. I've known many people who have found short term pleasure in living a worldly life but lose all that "happiness" when those moments are gone. As a Mormon I've been able to keep a certain degree of confidence and peace even when life is hard. This peace and confidence comes from knowing that I have a Savior, Jesus Christ, who loves me and wants me to be happy. I'm also a Mormon because in today's chaotic world it is sometimes difficult to know what is right and what is not. Human beings are far too imperfect to reason out truths on their own. By providing us with living prophets our Heavenly father has provided a means whereby we can more easily be sure of the truth. By studying the scriptures, listening to the words of today's prophets, and seeking personal guidance from our Heavenly Father, we can be more sure that we are making correct choices. Finally, I'm a Mormon because Heavenly Father has blessed me with the knowledge that this is His church on the earth and that he wants me to be a member of it.

How I live my faith

On a basic level I live my faith by regularly participating church meetings and activities and by constantly striving to keep the commandments on a daily basis. While I am far from perfect and often fall short I try to take advantage of the opportunity provided to everyone by our Savior, Jesus Christ, to repent of my mistakes and try again to keep His commandments. As a Mormon, I visit regularly with a few families in my ward (congregation) to check in on them and see how they are doing. I try to make myself available to serve so that if a need arises other know they can ask me for help. I currently serve a a youth Sunday school instructor. It's scary the kinds of things today's youth are asked to deal with (and I thought I had it hard). I take the responsibility of teaching the youth very seriously. It provides me with an opportunity to encourage them to apply the scriptures in their lives so they can rise above the amoral behavior that is becoming increasingly common among young adults and adolescents. This is a wonderful opportunity for me and comes with many blessings. One is that I get to see how some youth are standing for what's right and not giving in to temptation. It helps give me hope for the future. I am also blessed by having an opportunity to study the scriptures not only in a way that I think will benefit me but in a way that can hopefully benefit others as well.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

In many ways Mormon lifestyles are like everyone else's. We work to provide for our families. We have parties, go on vacations and celebrate holidays. We listen to music, watch movies and television shows, and get involved in personal hobbies such as athletics, art, or music. One thing that makes Mormon's lifestyles different is that we infuse our standards into these things. As one of our articles of faith states, "if there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report, or praiseworthy, we seek after these things." In addition to the normal stuff, we also take church worship and service very seriously. We attend church services every Sunday where we both teach and learn from each other. Since there is no paid clergy in the church everyone is expected to help a little bit. While this may sound time consuming and tiresome it is highly rewarding and teaches lessons at a deeper level than just being the recipient of a lesson or lecture. Show more Show less