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Hi I'm Mark

I am an electrician, I am an adult Scouter, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have a wonderful wife and four great children. I have worked construction since serving as a missionary in Argentina from January 1979 to January 1981. I enjoy listening to music, reading, cooking, hunting and fishing. I like having a garden but don't enjoy pulling weeds. I have been involved in Scouting for more than 25 years.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe that God answers prayers. After having heard so many peolpe talk about how they knew the Church was true, I decided to ask Heavenly Father for myself. I studied the gospel, and knelt down and asked God if what i was studying was true, was His word. I prayed like this for about a week, and one night the feeling that all I had learned was the truth was so strong, that I could not deny that what I had learned was God's word, His plan of happiness for us. That feeling of conviction has supported me throughout my life. Like everyone else I have experienced disappointments and challenges in life, but just knowing that my Heavenly Father loves me and cares about me has helped me weather the storms and difficulties. That knowledge has been an anchor in my life, and has helped me as I try to follow the path that Christ pointed out. I look forward to the day that I can meet my Savior, and thank Him in person for all that He has done to provided me with salvation and eternal life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to follow the Savior's example. He never did anything for Himself. I try to follow that example by serving others. For most of my adult life I have worked with the youth of the ward wherever I have lived. I have been a Sunday School teacher of adults and youth, and have been a leader in both a men's auxilliary, and in the Church's youth program. I currently serve as bishop (pastor) of our ward (congregation). I have been involved in Scouting most of my life, both in Church and in the local council. I have served on several training staffs, helping to teach leaders in Scouting how to better lead youth. I want to do all that I can to help today's youth be better prepared to lead in the world. If I can help teach them how to find the answers that they look for, and help them prepared to be successful in life, then I will feel that I have done the Lord's work.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Mark
A testimony is a belief about a gospel principle that has been confirmed through a witness by the Holy Ghost, promise given by the Saviour as He spoke of the "second comforter." Testimonies come after we have studied a gospel principle, lived it, and sought confirmation from our Heavenly Father through earnest prayer. Such a confirmation comes through an inspired thought, a dream, a feeling of conviction, a feeling of certainty. The witness by the Holy Ghost is personal, and we may not all experience it in the same way. A testimony begins with confirmation that God lives, that Jesus Christ is His son and our Saviouor, that Christ also lives. as we study the gospel and seek our Heavenly Father in prayer, we will gain a testimony of other gospel principles. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Mark
In addition to serving as a missionary and as a Boy Scout leader, I have been involved in serving many people who are not of our faith. When hurricane Katrina left its devistation behind, I went with a group of church members (including my three teenage sons) from the middle Georgia (U.S.) area and spent three days helping people. We cleaned up trees and other debris from their homes and yards, covered damaged roofs with tarps, and even made some repairs. Everytime there is a natural disaster, the Church responds. Most recently my oldest son and I joined with the thousand of volunteers who went to the Tenneessee and north Georgia area that was destroyed by tornadoes. We are all God's children. Probably the incident that most illustrates our need to help each other, is an experience I had during this last disaster. Our team had been cutting and removing trees from homes and property, and we were reassigned to "ground zero", the direct path that the tornado took. There, I saw a woman sitting on the ground where her home had been four days earlier. She was picking up twigs, putting them in a five gallon bucket. I guess that was the only thing she could do to better what had once been her front lawn. I will never forget the look in her face, the sense of loss that seemed to be all around her, and the sense of helpless that I felt at not being able to restore her home. It wasn't even there. We all need help sometime. Show more Show less