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Hi I'm Mark Bellini

I was raised Catholic, and attended Brigham Young University, where I read the Book of Mormon. I knew it was true. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 48 years old and am married with six kids. Having such a large family in this day and age has its challenges. I love them very much. I also love the out of doors and have always been fascinated by the way nature works. My love for the natural wold has led me to a career as a biologist and environmental consultant. I am presently self employed and work out of my home on environmental impact projects. I have also done a number of entrepreneurial enterprises as well, such as real estate development and property management. I also owed a restaurant at one time, but I most enjoy biology and my environmental work and hope to continue in that field until I retire. Much of my young adult life was devoted to playing American football. I was an college football All-American player at Brigham Young University (BYU) and played two full Seasons of NFL Football with the Indianapolis Colts. For three more years I attempted to play on other teams. I'm afraid that I was hampered by injuries which cut my career short. I enjoy outdoor activities such as bow hunting, fly fishing, and surfing. I also love to travel. However, these days most of my free time is spent with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Catholic. From the time I was very young I wanted to be a football player. That journey led me to Brigham Young University (BYU) where I played four years of football on the football team. One year our team won the college football National Championship. In order to graduate from BYU, every student, even Catholic students, are required to read the Book of Mormon and pass two Book of Mormon classes. I was therefore forced to read the Book of Mormon, but what a blessing it was. By the time I had completed reading the Book of Mormon, I was convinced that it was true. I literally could not believe that the true church was upon the earth. How could I have not known about it? How could it be that so many people do not know about this great gift. The Bible says that will be few will find the truth in this life (Matthew 7:14) and this is true. I felt so privileged to be one who some how found the truth in this big world and still feel that way. I know that if a person reads the Book of Mormon sincerely and strives to align him or herself with the teachings of Christ, and then prayerfully asks prays to know if it is true, the promise found in Moroni 10:4 of the Book of Mormon will be made manifest to you. You will most likely know of its truthfulness by simple quiet impressions and an overall feeling that this Book could not be a fraud. Once you know the Book of Mormon is true, the good news is that the you have found the true church.

How I live my faith

As I mentioned above, I am a convert to the Church. Since becoming a member I have had trials of faith. Having the experience of years to look back upon now (I have been a member for 26 years), I can see that when I was most committed to the Gospel, my life worked the best. I have been most happy when I have been most committed to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have come to know that there are blessings that come along with obedience to God's commandments. When we keep the commandments, the blessings of God come to us. When we do not keep the commandments, we are not entitled to the blessings of God (See Mosiah 2:41). I decided some time ago, that I want the blessings of God in my life, and therefore I strive to keep the commandments of God. I encourage any interested people to put this to the test. Pay your tithing and watch your financial affairs improve. Live the Word of Wisdom and see if you do not feel better. Serve others and see if you do not feel more peace and joy. These things are true. I try to live by faith by trying to do the things that God would have me do. In other words when I pray, I receive impressions that come from the Holy Spirit. I try to follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit, even when I don't understand why or how it is that I can accomplish the things I have been impressed to do. To me this is spirituality and a life of faith.