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Hi I'm Mark

I am married with a 2 year old toddler and a newborn. I love fishing, and spending time with my family, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small obscure town in Canada called Horsefly, where the only other members of the church we my Aunts and Uncles and their families. I spend my childhood building forts, playing outside, and engaging in various athletic activities such as ice hockey, basketball and baseball. I grew up somewhat sheltered from the world, not because my parents were trying to, but because I lived in such a remote area of the world! We were 16 KM from the nearest paved road, and 45 KM from the nearest highschool. I loved my childhood, and was very sad when my family moved to Utah when I was 16 years old. We moved for my father's job, and the transition to living in a place dominated by Mormons and Mormon culter came as a great shock to me and my entire family. High school was difficult, and I found myself looking forward to being finished and leaving on a mission. I served a mission in Portugal, and as any return missionary will say, it changed my life in soo many ways. I came back from the mission feild and started working and going to school which continued until I met my wife Tiffany when I was 25 and we got married the next year. After graduating with a Bachelors degree, we moved to South Carolina to start our life together. I went back to school and got an International MBA degree from the University of South Carolina, and we had our first child, Luke and our second child Hailey. They are my whole world and I love them very much!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for various reasons. The first and most obvious reason is that I beleive the church is true, but my membership didn't start that way. I come from a long line of Mormons. Both of my parents have Mormon relatives dating back over 4 generations, so it makes sense that I too was baptized into the church at age 8, but there came a time in my life when I had to make a decision of which path I really wanted to follow. I will admit that for several years, I followed the laws of the church because that was what was expected of me. I didn't smoke or drink alchohol even once mostly because if I did, I know that it would have devastated my parents, but in my teenage years, I started to have experiences that showed me the great blessings that come from living the gospel. My testimony was in its infancy, but it was growing line upon line. I had spiritual experiences that to this day I remember and are very near and dear to my heart. Then came time for a mission, and no one even asked me if was planning to go! It was just assumed. Not that I minded though because I had always planned on it as well. It wasn't really until I realized that I wouldn't be a very effective missionary if I didn't have a strong testimony that I started to try and find my own "it's true" moment. In the Missionary Training Center I realized that although I believed the Book Of Mormon was true, I didn't know if I could testify to having received a spiritual confirmation to that effect. Even though I knew I didn't really need to have one, I still wanted to have an "experience" that I could share with investigators. I determined that I would take my free day (preparation day) and read the BOM all day until I received an answer, and so I did. I started at the beginning, and read all day. I finished after the book of Alma, and the experience is one that I will never forget. The Spirit was so strong, and i remember feeling "hungry" for more after each page. I knew it was true.

How I live my faith

I am the first councellor in the young mens presidency, and I love spending time with the youth! I am a home teacher as well and do monthly visits to 4 wonderful families. I am very blessed to be a member, and I truely look forward to each Sunday to feel the spirit with my brother and sisters in the gospel.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

I think the number 1 reason to read the Book Of Mormon for those that aren't members of the church yet is to find out if the church is true. The Book of Mormon is the key to this knowledge. For if it is truely an ancient record written by American prophets, then that means that Joseph Smith did find and translate that book by the power of God, and that he was in fact a prophet and restored God's church. There is no better way to gain a testimony of ALL the restore principles of the gospel than finding out if the Book Of Mormon is true. At lunch today I told my co-worker that there was no way that I could prove to her using reason and logic that the Book Of Mormon is true, but that there was also no way that she could prove to me using reason and logic that it wasn't true. The only way to know if it is true or not is to read it and pray about and see what God says. The Holy Ghost will manifest the truthfullness of God's word when one prays with an open heart and a contrite spirit. That is God's promise. I testify that the Book Of Mormon is the word of God. My entire life revolves around that one basic principle, and has helped me come closer to my savior and my Father In Heaven as well. Show more Show less