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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a Mathematician. I like sports. I love being a father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently getting a PhD in mathematics, and I'm glad I have a job doing what I like. I also enjoy sports - both as a spectator and participant. I like to go biking. I'm a husband and dad with three young children. My kids and I like going bike riding together. My wife and kids love playing board games, card games, and pretty much all games, so we play a lot of games together. Currently, my daughter has taken an interest in chess. I like chess even though I'm not that great, so now we have a game we both like to play together often. In the past couple of years I've discovered how good classic movies are. Both my dad and my wife love the classic movies. As a teenager my dad told me they were good, but it was my wife that got me to start watching them. Growing up I was a fan of movies with lots of action and little plot. I've now learned that the best movies have good plots, dialogue, and acting. I like all sorts of books, but for some reason I tend to read mostly nonfiction. Both my wife and I love music. One of our favorite dates is to attend the symphony or see a Broadway show. I've played the piano for most of my life. Not too long ago a friend gave us an organ, and my wife is helping me learn how to play songs with the pedals.

Why I am a Mormon

My belief and knowledge of Jesus Christ is my greatest source of happiness. As a mathematician, I prove theorems based on a sequence of logical steps. I am unaware of how to prove a theorem that Jesus Christ lives and is resurrected. However, I have come to know that Jesus Christ lives and that he loves me. I have studied God's teachings and his words in both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I have prayed to God and asked if these teachings are true, and he has answered my prayers. I am as convinced of Christ's existence and the truth of his teachings as much as any mathematical result I have read or proved myself. God has provided the means whereby I may not only believe in him, but also come to know that he exists. I am thankful for the record of Christ's ministry and his teachings found in the Bible. I also love to read The Book of Mormon. The additional teachings, ministry, and clarification contained in the Book of Mormon has strengthened my faith in Christ and helped me better know Him and come closer to Him. Sometimes I wonder what it would have been like to live two thousand years ago and witness Christ's ministry. But I do not need to wonder what Christ would teach if he were alive today. I am grateful for modern prophets and witnesses that continue to reveal his teachings and will that are specific for our day and era. These witnesses constitute the leaders of His church. I do not have to rely on belief alone. Just as I have prayed to know of the truth of the Bible and Book of Mormon, I have prayed to know that these teachings are true, and God has answered my prayers.

How I live my faith

Often in our Church I am asked to help with various projects. A few years ago our local leader asked me to help with the cub scouting program. I agreed; albeit, I had mixed feelings. I really enjoyed cub scouting as a child, but I remember how much of a pain I was for my scout leaders. If my friends and I were difficult as cub scouts, I couldn't expect more from the scouts I had as a leader. Cub scouts are indeed a rambunctous group, but I enjoyed doing scout activities with them. I don't know how much the cub scouts learned from me, but I learned lots myself. I gained better organizational skills for planning events. I gained patience and understanding in how telp boys with lots of energy. These service opportunities have helped me become a better person. If left to myself, I probably wouldn't volunteer for too many service activities. I am grateful for my friends at work and at Church that ask for my help in service. They help me be aware of those that may need help because of family or health emergencies. I've found that God knows better than anyone - myself included - what I need. Much of my character growth has occured while helping and serving others. My family plays a big role in my life. I love my family. We spend lots of time together. I've found that some of the best activities in helping us to be close as a family involve our worship of our Saviour Jesus Christ. We attend Sunday services together, we read scriptures together, and we pray together. I try and teach my children what is right, but too often they teach me. Children seem to have a pure sense of what is right and wrong.