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Hi I'm Mark

I grew up in Iowa but moved to Washington when I was ten. I teach school and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised on a farm in Iowa. I loved life on the farm but my father had an opportunity for a better job in the Pacific Northwest so we moved to a small town in Northwestern Washington when I was ten years old. It was in this town that I grew to love second hand stores, antique shops, stained glass windows, refinishing antique furniture and historic homes. In our spare time we, my wife and I, have restored 7 historical homes in this town and are currently looking for our 8th project. The past 29 years I've spent teaching elementary school. I've loved nearly every minute of it. As mentioned above I love antiques and have owned two antique shops and helped to facilitate numerous estate sales. Recently we had the pleasure of welcoming our first granddaughter to our family. We are lucky enough to live very close to her so we see her nearly every day. We can’t get enough of this special little spirit who has come to bless our lives. When we first moved to Washington my family took a trip to visit a great aunt of my fathers. She introduced us to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That is when I really started to live and grow spiritually.

Why I am a Mormon

I had attended a protestant Christian Church for over 17 years prior to learning about the LDS Church. When the missionaries started to teach my family there was a truthfulness that made me feel like I was coming home and I soon joined the Church. Before joining the Church all I really knew about the Gospel of Jesus Christ was that Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were books in the Bible – and that the wooden pews were hard to sit in for an hour to listen to the minister preach. I really had very little understanding of my Savior, who He was, why He was my Savior and what it meant to me to even have a Savior. I knew little about revelation, the gift of the Holy Ghost, receiving inspiration for myself, praying for answers or direction or countless other things that have so dramatically changed my life. Before I joined the LDS Church I was headed down a bad path, associating with other young boys in my neighborhood that would have me do things that I know now were not right. At the time I really didn’t know what was right or wrong. All of that changed when I learned about and subsequently joined the Church. Since then my life has been filled with wonderful experiences. I get such a warm comforting feeling every time I read my scriptures or participate in a Church activity. I look back over the past many years and realize that I am in a completely different place than I would have been had I not joined the Church. I know what is right and wrong and I know what to do when I make a wrong choice. I am so thankful to my Great Aunt and to the missionaries who brought the truth to me.

How I live my faith

I am active in my community participating in the Historic Home Tour that benefits the local museum. I also volunteer many, many hours a year helping organizations outside of Church to raise money that provides for the needs of children within our schools. I am not perfect, in fact I realize more each day just how much more I must change and grow in order to be like my Savior, Jesus Christ. I do try to live the Gospel by being supportive in the community, the school district and in various organizations within the community. I help people settle their estates and do so on a referral basis. I have been referred to clients based on our spotless reputation, honesty, integrity and trustworthiness. I know that had I not joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I did I would not be the man that I am today. I have served in various capacities within the Church and always feel when I’m released or assigned another opportunity that I left the best calling in the whole Church. Service is the key, service to my family, my community, the Church and to others along the way. Service brings happiness, fulfillment and just plain joy. All of this brings me closer to my Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ for which I am eternally grateful.