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Hi I'm Mark

I grew up in the Western United States. I've spent most of my life living and working abroad. I'm a Mormon, let me tell you why.

About Me

I grew up in the Western United States where my early years were spent on a potato farm in Southern Idaho. My teenage years were spent in the state of Utah and later I attended the University of Utah and graduated as a Mechanical Engineer. By the time I graduated I was married with four wonderful daughters. Following graduation I gained employment in the Explosives Industry. This job took my family to live in South Africa where we lived for 16 years. Since that time my wife and I and have lived in Lima, Peru, Santiago, Chile, Newcastle, Australia and finally back in the United States in Denver Colorado. All in all we spent almost 27 years living and working outside of the United States. I have come to have a good understanding and a desire to learn and benefit from other cultures. I enjoy the outdoors, photography and golf.

Why I am a Mormon

When you consider all of the teachings of the church and the values and standards that are expected from an active member of the church you might consider it a burden. However, I have found that this path and my ability to follow the teachings, have lead to my own personal freedom. I value more than anything the teachings of the Eternal Family and the opportunities that lay ahead. I have come to know that we are lead simply and surely by a Prophet of God as surely at the children of Israel followed Moses. I am grateful for the understanding I have of the sacrifice of the Savior and of the Atonement that provides a balance between mercy and justice allowing for someone like me, with all my short comings, to eventually return to face the Savior someday. I am grateful for the soft but consistence promptings of the Spirit which continue to soften the sometimes hard man that I am into a disciple of Christ. The gospel of Jesus Christ and it's teachings make me a better husband, a more loving and patient father and a patient grandfather that my grand kids want to be around. It may seem daunting to even give thought into investigating a new church. However, if you take the time to learn about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and pray about the principles you will be guided by the Holy Spirit and you will know in and of yourself about the truth of the teachings. I would encourage you to be bold enough to reach out and test it yourself. You will not be disappointed.

How I live my faith

I have had the opportunity to work with the youth our church and I have benefited from the joy, excitement and exuberance that radiates from them. I have also had the opportunity to serve as a leader of one of the local congregations while living in South Africa. Right now my wife and I are to serve as full time missionaries and have been called to serve in the South Africa, Cape Town Mission. The opportunities to provide service to Heavenly Father's children have lead to blessings and a deep love for those that you serve and those that you serve with. We look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.