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Hi I'm Mark

I grew up in Colorado. I love the outdoors. I'm a skier, a runner, a father of two wonderful kids, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on the rocky mountains and love to explore the outdoors. I enjoy, hiking, camping, and fly fishing. I'm a competative person and enjoy the challenge of all types of sports and the sense of team you get when competing. I'm a husband and the father of two children, who also love to be active and now challenge me to keep going in whatever we're doing. I have always enjoyed learning about the world around me and have tried to instill this desire into my children as well. I'm always struck by the beauty found whereever I go as I travel the globe. I can't help but marvel at all of God's creations.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon family. The fourth of six children. I've always enjoyed spending time with my family and have always enjoyed my association with the great people I've met in the church. My best friends are people i have met in the church. I served an LDS mission when I was 19 yrs. old, which was a defining event for me. It helped shape me into the person I am today. It helped me build a foundation of gospel truths, and receive a strong testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. As a parent, I see the wonderful influence, for good, that the church has had on families, especially mine. My children are where they are now because they were guided and encouraged to make good choices by leaders who cared about them.

How I live my faith

If I truly have faith in Jesus Christ and love him and want to follow him, I feel I need to be consistent in my actions. I want to try and live my faith each day by making good decisions. It's been demonstrated to me that what I do is more important than what I say. Especially with my family. I try and be active in my community, participating in community service projects, helping fellow members, and specific families I have been assigned to watch over. If I can help improve their quality of life, then I am succeeding.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Mark
There is a scripture that states "If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear" (Doctrine & Covenants 38:30). If we read the Bible and other scriptures and believe in the prophecies of ancient and modern prophets, we know that we are living in the last days. It's important to make sure that we can take care of our families especially with the volatility in world today. I feel a sense of peace knowing that our family is prepared to handle a disaster, or a job loss, or whatever might happen in the world. I also want to set an example for my children, that they see the value in being self reliant in there lives. Knowing that I am prepared for whatever comes my way in these trying times gives me a sense of peace. Regardless of how prepared physically I am, the real preparedness needed is spiritual. If I'm not living my live as Christ would want me too, I'm not ready to meet him when he comes again. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Mark
Individuals who serve missions are required to finance their own way. The church does not pay for them to serve. Many times, the support is a combination of personal savings, and contributions from others such as parents, extended family members, and other relatives. In our case, both of our children will be serving missions at the same time. They both worked to save enough money to pay for half of their missions and we, as their parents, are paying the rest. Now days a standard cost of $400 USD per month, per missionary is required, regardless of where they are sent. This simplifies the task of saving money because a missionary can be called to almost anywhere in the world. A missionary doesn't get to choose where he goes, he is called by inspiration by one of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. So opening that mission call letter is always an exciting moment. Show more Show less