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Hi I'm Mark

I grew up near Seattle and now live in Utah. I like snowboarding in the winter and wakeboarding in the summer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a rural area outside of Seattle. My high school didn't have very many other LDS kids, so it gave me an opportunity to stand out a little, which encourage people to be curious about my beliefs. I moved to Utah to attend school at BYU and was really impressed with all the people I met with the same standards as I had. I developed a love of snowboarding, so moving to Utah gave me a chance to go even more. I've been married a little over a year to a beautiful girl I met while I was at BYU.

Why I am a Mormon

At first I was a Mormon because my parents were. They took me to church and were good examples to me of being honest and good people. When I reached my teenage years, I didn't want to go to church just because me parents told me to. I wanted to find out for myself if this was the church I was going to be a part of for the rest of my life. In the Book of Mormon, it teaches that we must pray to God and he will tell us the truth of all things. So one day when I was about 15, I said a very honest and sincere prayer, and asked my Heavenly Father if the Book of Mormon was His book and if the Mormon church was the right church. During that prayer I felt an immense peace and wave of warmth sweep over me. Since that day, I've prayed multiple time about the same thing. Each time I pray earnestly about the truthfulness of the church, I experience the same feelings of peace and warmth. There are many reasons why I'm a mormon, but most of them started with that specific experience as a teenage boy, kneeling by my bedside.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through me example. I try to be kind to the people I work with, to show how Mormons live. Also, I help out with my local church by organizing who teaches lessons each Sunday and by visiting families each month. It gives me a chance to get to know other Mormons in the area and develop friendships with them.