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Hi I'm Mark Gillespie

I'm a book lover, a future lawyer, a runner. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I come from a large family. As the older brother to five younger sisters, I have always tried to be a good example. Since my father was in the military, I've had the chance to live all sorts of places, like Germany, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado, and Italy. After graduating from high school, I served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Nagoya, Japan. I'm currently a student at Brigham Young University planning on going to law school once I graduate. In my spare time, my number one hobby is reading. I love books! I read everything from mystery and fantasy to biography and history, and I still have a soft spot for children's books, which are often among my favorites. I also love running, and since running my first marathon I've only come to enjoy it more! Other interests include skiing, hiking, and music (I play the piano).

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and parents always told me that they knew its teachings were true. Once I grew older, however, that alone wasn't enough. I wanted to know for myself the things that my parents taught me as a child - that God was my Father, that He loved me and cared about me, and that He would listen to my prayers and answer them; that Jesus Christ was my Savior and that He came to earth and died so that I could live again; and that there was a church on the earth today, with real prophets and apostles, that was led by Christ himself. I now know that those things are true. God is there, He does love me as a son, Jesus Christ truly did atone for the sins of the world, and His church is on the earth today. I learned these things the same way that my parents did, and the same way that anyone can - by asking God myself. The answers didn't all come at once, but when they did come, they were undeniable. I know that God lives because He revealed it to me, as He will to anyone who asks in faith. That being said, there are sure a lot of things I don't know! I don't understand everything, and sometimes the questions I ask God don't receive immediate answers. I've learned that God expects us to have faith - if we were given all the answers whenever we asked, we would have no opportunity to learn for ourselves, to grow, and to become stronger. But while I may not know everything, I know enough. I know that God loves me, and I know that He will never leave me. I'm grateful for the chance to be a member of His church!

How I live my faith

The Apostle James wrote, "I will shew thee my faith by my works." For me, it only makes sense that if I believe in Jesus Christ and His gospel, my life should reflect that belief. That's not always easy, but the good news is that it isn't complicated, either! The Savior taught us how to live, and His teachings are the ideal that we should aim for. In particular, I try to follow the two great commandments that Jesus taught: love the Lord, and love our neighbor. Every day I spend some time on my knees, thanking my Heavenly Father for all He has given me and asking for His help and guidance where it is needed. Sometimes, this life can be a lot to handle on our own, but when we pray God will always listen with love and send us the help we need. I also read the scriptures - the word of God - because I love having the opportunity to feel His Spirit and to learn more about Him. Finally, every day I look for ways to serve those around me. Christ spent a lifetime serving others, and to become more like Him we must learn to love others as He did. Helping others brings a feeling of peace and contentment that I haven't found anywhere else my in my life. For me, that's enough of a reason to make the effort to come a little closer to God every day.