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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a wildland firefighter who loves the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 2, a 3 year old girl and a 1 year old boy. While they keep my wife and I busy they also bring me more joy than I could have ever hoped for. As a law enforcement officer for the United States Forest Service my job allows me to spend a lot of time outdoors. After my family and the church this is my true passion. As a youth I spent a lot of my time hunting, fishing, hiking, and working in the mountains of Arizona. Now living in southern Utah we try to get outside as much as possible with our kids hoping that they may come to love and value the world in which they live.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church but spent a number of years inactive. I felt as though I had lost something, an indescribable feeling that I had in my youth. One evening I picked up a Book of Mormon that was given to me by my grandparents after my baptism. If I had read the scriptures at all before this I don't remember it. As I began to read the feeling I had lost returned almost immediately, once this feeling returned I promised myself that I would do everything in my power to never lose it again. I could not put my scriptures down and would stay up late into the night reading from them. First I read the Book of Mormon, then the Doctrine and Covenants, after that I moved on to the New Testament. One day while at work I was thinking about the previous nights reading, still scared to return to The Church, I was suddenly stuck with a unmistakable feeling of warmth and love. I recognized this as the spirit bearing testimony to me of the truthfulness of this gospel. While returning to active membership in the church seemed difficult at the time I now recognize it as the greatest blessing in my life.

How I live my faith

I love to serve! Though I have found it hard at times the spirit I feel through service keeps me coming back for more. Whether it is cutting wood, helping a family move, or something much smaller I have seen how service helps to strengthen communities.