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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and my wife and I have four children, three of whom are grown and gone and one still at home. I graduated from college with a degree in journalism. I have made a living as a truck driver for almost twenty years. I like to read, I like to watch and play sports, and I like to be out in nature as well.

Why I am a Mormon

My family joined the church when I was eight years old. Which is, coincidentally, the age at which those who are born in the church get baptized. A family friend had invited us to go to church just to see what it was like and my mother felt right away that it was the right place for us. So I pretty much grew up in the church. As I went through the teenage and young adult years I often had questions about the church and the gospel, but by that time I had had so many faith-promoting and testimony-building experiences that I never could really doubt the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ or that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was truly Christ's church restored to the earth. I have been very imperfect but have continually felt my Heavenly Father's love and mercy whenever I have applied gospel principles to my own life. Every good thing in my life can literally be traced to the teachings and opportunities that come through membership in this church. All of the things that have brought me happiness and progress have been because the church and its leaders have taught the inspired and prophetic principles that a perfect Father in Heaven wants His children to understand. I am grateful to know that Heavenly Father's great work is to help each one of his children to become more like Him through the experiences of this life. I know He is there because of my prayers that He has heard and answered in ways that only He would be able to because of His power and knowledge and love. I know our Heavenly Father's work is able to change our lives because His Son has sacrificed his own life to make it all possible.

How I live my faith

I feel like I best live my faith when I practice in a personal way the teachings and example of Jesus Christ. For me this includes studying the scriptures every day for a reasonable amount of time and praying to my Heavenly Father every day that I might have his guidance and help and be able to do His will. I feel that whenever I interact with another person in what I consider a Christ-like way I am living according to my faith. So, when I am able to be patient, kind, a good listener, or helpful to someone it is living my faith. I also have responsibilities to serve in the church in my calling. I provide leadership in my ward, in which I am a bishop right now, which has a lot of responsibility. I have a lot to do in helping the poor in ways that the church is set up to help them. I work a lot with the young people to help them and their families grow in love for one another and be able to enjoy all of the blessings of the gospel in their lives. I am in charge of meetings and other things. This is all temporary because in a few years my time as a bishop will come to an end and someone else will take over these responsibilities. I have had many other callings which have helped me to grow and develop and serve others in the church.