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Hi I'm Mark

I grew up on a sugar cane farm in Queensland. I'm a builder, husband, father of five sons and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy waterskiing and camping with my family and sometimes we invite our children's friends along and teach them how to ski. Fishing and table tennis are other activities we love to do together. I also like growing vegetables in our garden, cooking and doing house renovations including renovating and maintaining our own house. Squash is another of our family's favourite sports and as we are all quite competitive we have some hard fought games. I am a builder and my wife is a school teacher. We have five sons, and two dogs which we train and exercise regularly. Two of our sons are married and we have a beautiful grand daughter. One son has a couple of aquariums and another breeds budgies; the other is currently serving as a missionary to Japan. Having friends and family close by is important to me and we regularly invite some of them for evening dinners, barbeques or games. My youngest son enjoys beating me in a game of chess and it's very hard not to let that happen too often.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in another faith attending church with my mother until I was seventeen. I married a lovely young woman who encouraged me to attend The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The people were warm and friendly and I felt welcome. I attended now and then and met some of the members of the local Branch. I believed in God but was not looking for a new church to attend. My wife could see the advantage of raising our children in The Church and encouraged me to listen to the missionaries. I did so but was slow to seriously study the doctrine and the Book of Mormon. I have since learned that the Holy Spirit reveals truth to the ernest seeker but at first I was too casual. I did not study with enough intent and though I liked what I was reading I did not want to know badly enough and wasn't praying about what I was being taught. This soon changed and I started to think, it would be good if these things really were true. Soon I had a desire to know if they were, hoping so and wondering how I could know for sure. What was happening to me is described perfectly by Alma in the Book of Mormon beginning at Alma ch 32 v 26. "Now as I said concerning faith - that it is not a perfect knowledge - even so it is with my words. You cannot know of their suriety at first, unto perfection, any more than faith is a perfect knowledge. But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words." It goes on to liken the word to a seed which, when planted in your heart will begin to grow and enlighten your understanding. If you continue to nourish the seed "it shall be a tree springing up unto everlasting life." As this process continued my faith began to turn into a perfect knowledge and I began to realise that what I was learning was true

How I live my faith

I have served in various positions in the church and currently work as a leader of the young men. I teach lessons, help organise activities for their enjoyment and personal growth and help provide them with ideas for service in the community. We recently organised a camp for the youth where they walked trails, looked at historical sites and water skied. The young men also recently participated in a service activity at a local special school where we made a sand pit. There is a Church run program called Home Teaching where each family is visited once a month by two members of the priesthood called HomeTeachers. My youngest son and I visit four families in this capacity. We deliver a monthly message from the leaders of the Church and encourage the family members to live by the principals of the Gospel. We also look for opportunities to help the family in any temporal or spiritual matters and to set goals for personal and family progress in these areas. Another Church program, Family Home Evening, is held on Monday nights. We try to keep this time free for activities together and a short lesson by any of the family members who might be assigned. In our busy world this is a good time to catch up on news and plan future family events and activities. Usually treats are served afterwards. The Gospel teaches us how we should live. As we try to apply these teachings of the Gospel to our lives we can become better people. It doesn't all happen overnight but is a lifetime pursuit. I try to learn from my mistakes rather than let them drag me down. This ismade possible through repentance