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Hi I'm Mark

I grew up in northern Utah. I'm a graduate student. I'm a scientist. I'm a musician. I'm a husband and father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and have three children, one girl and two boys. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science, with a minor in Chemistry. I worked in a hospital lab for four years, doing blood tests that helped save people's lives. I am now studying Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology. For this I am working on developing a test to better understand cancer. I like to go camping and hiking in the mountains. I like to cook. I enjoy singing. I play the piano and organ. I have even written a few songs (although none have been published yet). My favorite pastime in the world, however, is playing with my children.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I grew up attending church every week. However, that is not why I continue to be active in the church. There have been numerous occasions when I have felt the Spirit of God whisper to me that the church is true. Every time I read the scriptures, pray, or attend church, I feel even stronger that I am doing what God wants me to do. I have never seen angels or visions, but God has told me through the Holy Spirit that this is the true church.

How I live my faith

Currently I am our congregation's volunteer organist. I enjoy sharing my talents. I have been asked to periodically visit several families to make sure their needs are met. This is also very rewarding, as it has helped me make new friends while serving them. I remember one specific instance when I had a feeling that I needed to visit a certain family. When I arrived, the mother started crying because she needed my help and was grateful that I was there. As a scientist, despite what others might think, I believe that science and religion compliment each other. Learning new concepts in science strengthens my faith in God.