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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a remarkable and talented woman and we have been blessed with six great kids. My youngest years were spent on a sheep farm in the middle of New Zealand's North Island. After graduating from the University of Auckland and Brigham Young University, my career has been as a commercial real estate developer. I have enjoyed developing a wide range of projects including shopping centers, office buildings and tourism related ventures. In my free time I love fly fishing, photography and good food. Being with family brings me the greatest joy of all. Also, the older I get the more I appreciate the lasting value of good friendships, especially those that never fade even as years pass without spending time together.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was very young my parents joined the Church. They were not actively seeking religion. In fact my father had spent five years in German prison camps during World War II and had seen much that could easily cause one to lose faith. They were happy in their lives as sheep farmers raising a young family. Tragically however their beautiful eighteen month old daughter was drowned. The aching desire for answers to what would become of their precious Ann caused them to be receptive to the wonderful message of hope and truth found in the plan of salvation as taught by the young American missionaries who visited them on their farm. Consequently I was raised in a home where the gospel of Jesus Christ was taught and lived. With the simple faith of a child I learned that God answers my prayers and that the feelings of the Spirit are real and recognizable. As a teenager all my schoolmates were not LDS and my beliefs and standards were frequently challenged. I remember clearly reading the Book of Mormon through as a sixteen year old and receiving a clear witness of its truthfulness. I also found that in an inexplicable way my day simply went better when I read the Book of Mormon. As a nineteen year old I served a mission in the New Zealand Wellington Mission. Looking back I recognize that as a pivotal time in the formation and strengthening of my testimony and conviction that God had once again established His church on earth with a living prophet. The experience of having my beliefs challenged daily and having to dig deep in the scriptures and through prayer led me to know for myself in a personal way that somehow I had been remarkably blessed to live in a time when the fulness of the gospel was once again on the earth. I will always be thankful for the faith of my parents who sacrificed a comfortable way of life and many friendships to embrace what was then considered by many in our country a strange and unpopular "American religion".

How I live my faith

I love this gospel and also the great sense of having a spiritual home and family wherever in the world we have visited or lived. We know the people in each congregation are not perfect but neither are we so it is good to be with others who are simply trying to live according to Christ's teachings. Recently we were asked by the church if we would be willing to leave our home and business to serve as the leaders of one of the missions in the church for three years. We were honored to accept this calling which was extended by someone we sustain as a modern prophet. When I was a young man my mission president had a profound impact on my life. Now my wife and I have the privilege of working with approximately two hundred young men and women who have also given up their regular activities to serve eighteen months to two years as full-time missionaries. It is hard to describe the feelings of joy which come as we witness others come unto Christ through the waters of baptism. So often these new converts talk of having found their spiritual home and also of the great hope and spiritual freedom they feel as they leave behind old habits and start anew through the redeeming power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Equally rewarding is seeing what happens in the lives of these extraordinary young missionaries we serve with as they lose themselves in serving the Lord and their fellowmen ... and in the process find themselves. The greatest conversions we witness are actually in the lives of our own missionaries as they come to know for themselves the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the power of this doctrine to change lives eternally.