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Hi I'm Mark

I grew up in Southern California. I'm a retirement plan consultant. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married for 22 years to a beautiful woman from American Samoa. I have two daughters. My oldest is attending Brigham Young University-Hawaii. The youngest is in high school. I graduated with a Masters degree in Public Administration and Health Services Administration from the University of Utah. I spend the first few years of my professional career in the Salt Lake City area after which I moved first to Houston and then to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Texas. I'm now living in the Indianapolis area. I enjoy working directly with retirement plan sponsors and their advisors, transitioning them from the point of sale to our recordkeeping system and creating new plan documents. When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, exercising, reading, traveling and creating family video's. I like smooth Jazz. I have successfully completed two half-marathons along with a few shorter distance timed races. I love to swim, bicycle, play tennis and volleyball. Non-fiction history is my favorite subject for reading. Some of my best loved books include John Adams and 1776 by David McCullough, Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, John Wooden-An American Treasure by Steve Bisheff and On Becoming A Leader by Warren Bennis. I satisfy my creative side by capturing family activities and events on film and converting then to DVD format. I also have converted old VHS family video to DVD. I have kept a personal journal since I was 12 years old.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Both of my parents have been active throughout their lives. When I turned eight years old I was baptized in Palm Springs, California. I still remember my baptism day and how clean I felt. A few years later, when twelve, I was attending a local church unit youth retreat and had the opportunity to share my personal beliefs. I remember feeling the holy spirit strongly while sharing my faith that Jesus Christ is our Savior. Later as I personally read the Book of Mormon as a young man in my late teens, I felt an overwhelming conviction born of the Holy Spirit that spread throughout my entire body while praying to know its truthfulness with an open mind and heart. This brought me such deep joy and peace because I knew then as I do today that God knows me personally and loves me. When I received this personal witness from Heavenly Father that the Book of Mormon was true, I knew that what I had been taught by my family and others was correct regarding mormon doctrine. From this point forward, I was determined to serve a full time mission for the church and also knew that I wanted to stay active in the faith throughout my life. I served a mission for the church in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area as a young man. I have continued to strengthen by faith by living my life in harmony with the teachings and doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It has brought me much happiness and a clear understanding about God's plan for his children along with the opportunity to serve others. I have enjoyed participating with other members of the church to lift others up that have been suffering from physical, mental, emotional or financial problems. The Holy Spirit continues to manifest peace and comfort to my soul as I strive to keep my personal choices and behavior in line with the commandments as taught by Jesus Christ and his prophets in both the Bible and Book of Mormon.

How I live my faith

I currently participate in my local 'ward' unit as a spiritual leader and administrator, which I really enjoy because I have the honor and privilege of serving, becoming friends with and influencing the young people, especially the teenagers that are attending church meetings and activities. These precious young men and women are living in a world that is full of complex potential choices and tremendous changes with technology. It is also a world ripe with moral decline and the loss of respect and civility toward elders and praiseworthy endeavors. I look forward to using this leadership opportunity given me from the church to teach these wonderful youth about how they can find true happiness and joy from living high standards of morality and decency that will bless their lives and future families. I also cherish being able to let them know that they are loved and supported by church leaders in addition to family since many of them do not have that same level of spiritual support at home. Helping the youth to serve others in and out of the church, will develop charity and draw closer to Jesus Christ. In my local community, I welcome the chance to share my beliefs about the church with my co-workers and others that I come in contact with in my circle of influence. I believe it is vital to respect others for their personal beliefs, to participate with others in community events and to also develop friendships outside of my faith. I am happy to answer doctrinal questions or concerns and help people better understand our religion and its teachings.