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Hi I'm Mark

I grew up in California, I study civil engineering, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Golden Valley of Northern California. I was homeschooled from 3rd grade until I graduated high school. I graduated high school one year early by doing concurrent enrollment at the local college where I also participated in the college's youth orchestra playing the violin. I earned the Eagle Scout award of the Boy Scouts of America, in so doing I organized and lead 150 hours of community service for the local library. I worked at a grocery store and sold artwork on the side to save money to serve a LDS mission of which I did. I learned Spanish and in Argentina I served the Lord by serving others, sharing my convictions of God and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. After my mission I met and married a wonderful young lady who has become my very best friend. I love her so much because she is so caring of others. Most recently I study civil engineering at a university. Service to others fosters joy in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a LDS family were I learned to pray. I know that God listens when we really pray. When I was a teenager I knew that God would answer me in one way or another so I asked God in prayer if Joseph Smith was His prophet as Joseph claimed and if the Church of Jesus Christ was His true church. God answered slowly but surly. God did not answer this inquiry at once but I felt the Holy Spirit testify to my soul multiple times over a matter of time. Now, since the Holy Spirit has testified to me so many times about many things I know that God lives and loves me and that He hears my prayers; I know that the testimonies of Jesus Christ that the Holy Scriptures and modern prophets give are true; I know that the Holy Spirit is real and speaks to us in a variety of ways; I know that the Book of Mormon truly is from God; I know that Joseph Smith was a real prophet of God; I know that Thomas Monson is Gods current living prophet, here to serve us, teach us and testify to us of Jesus Christ and His Gospel. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Gods church re-established in our time. I love it all. I am grateful for it all. I know that my family will be lead to greater happiness as we strive to live Christ's teachings we learn from the true church of God.

How I live my faith

I love to serve others. Currently in my congregation/ward my responsibility is to be a "Home Teacher". As a home teacher I visit member's homes every month to teach an uplifting gospel message, share my testimony and help them in any way I can. I love to study and teach the the words of God. I hope to be a good example of a Christian. I participate in some sort of service activity every week; I volunteer my language abilities at the Missionary Training Center, I am a member of a community service group and more. A couple of my scripture mottos are: "as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" and "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God" (Joshua 24:15 and Mosiah 2:17).

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

I was a missionary, I went to Argentina on my mission and I had to fund my entire trip. Like many others, I worked hard through high school and after word as well. I worked full time at a grocery store, but to further help me save up sufficient money, I worked part time at a bookstore and also an art distributing company. After several years I was able to save enough money to fund my mission. I went forth into a foreign land to serve the people and share the light of Christ of my own free will and funding. It saddened me when people would criticize me for “working as a missionary” just to get paid, like I was some kind of greedy man leeching money from the poor. I never got paid anything for the service I rendered in Argentina. However I did receive a recompense for my efforts, but it was not money, it was making new friends, priceless feelings of brotherly love between fellow children of God and myself, and the joy I felt as I helped others in need. Show more Show less