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Hi I'm Mark

I live in California where I've raised my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Washington state where my Dad taught college first at Washington State University and later at Center Washington University. I served a mission in New Zealand, then graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University. I'm currently employed by a large international engineering firm. I have 5 children and 10 grandchildren. several years ago when my children were in school I ran and was elected to the school board where I served for 13 years. In my free time I enjoy being out in the garden or doing a little wood working. My long term goal is to build a garden railroad in my back yard. My wife and I also enjoy traveling and seeing new things. And of course some of that traveling involves spending time with our grandkids.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that can trace their roots to the founding of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. So at an early age I learned about being a Mormon and doing the things Mormons do. But I also learned at an early age that being a Mormon is not easy and one does not stay a Mormon just because they were born to Mormon parents. I felt the spirit of the Holy Ghost off and on as a child but it was not until I was a youth of 13 that I new for sure that this was Christ's true church. I happened to be sitting on the stand during our worship service and like all young men was only half paying attention to the sermon. When suddenly the speaker turned and motioned for me to join him at the pulpit. As I stood next to him he put him arm on my shoulder and commented that Joseph Smith was about my age when he saw God the Father and Jesus Christ. Suddenly I felt as though I had been hit with a bolt of lightening. I knew as well as I had known anything in my life that Joseph Smith was the prophet of the restoration. Since that time I have had many other experiences which have strengthened that conviction. I am very grateful to have been born into this church and to have received a witness of it's truthfulness. It has provided me a happy home and an anchor to help me through times of trial. The blessings of being a member of the Lord's church are innumerable, but the most important one to me is that I can be with my family for eternity.

How I live my faith

The church gives all it's members many opportunities to serve. Over the years I've had been a scout master and spent many years working with our youngmen. Working with youth has been very rewarding as I see them change and prepare to become men who can make a difference. I've also had many opportunities to teach church classes. I love to teach, to share my testimony and be strengthened by those of my students. In addition to being involved at church I also am involved in my community. I served on our local school board, have been involved with our historical society and and currently helping with a group involved with setting up a community garden.