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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a proud father of 3 terrific kids; Alex, Collin, and Camille. My sweetheart, Cami is a stay-at-home Mom who is the planner of the family and keeps all of us on track. Like everyone else I'm sure, we seemingly have more things to do and places to be than there are hours in the day. I travel extensively in my line of work, so I do my very best to spend every moment I can with my family whenever possible. Our children are excellent students and athletes; and more importantly; they're just good kids who want to do what they know to be right. Most of that can be attributed to my wife's diligence in helping our kids to develop a love for reading and good study habits from an early age. As a family, we enjoy snow-skiing, hiking, and other outdoor activities together.

Why I am a Mormon

Where my parents grew up with little organized religion, I consider our family blessed that they were introduced to the LDS faith by an old miner gentlemen in Silverton, CO many years ago. My 7 brothers and sisters and I stood out a bit in Louisiana in the late 60s and early 70s as we were raised in the Church. While I could see that my parents had a powerful conviction that they had found Christ's true church on the earth, I knew that I would need to make that discovery for myself and come to a certain knowledge of the truth as to where we came from, our purpose on this earth, and where we're going afterward. I always understood and never questioned that I feel good and at peace when I do what I know/feel to be right, and conversely, I feel bad when I did things that were not right. That wasn't enough. I needed to have a personal manifestation that Christ's gospel and his role on behalf of mankind were real, tangible, and not simply a series of complex but patronizing stories to give us hope where none would otherwise exist. I finally received that personal witness and manifestation after much study and earnest prayer. Only then could I share what my family and I had been given with other people in good conscience. I served as a missionary for the LDS Church in the Dominican Republic from 1986 to 1988. Our parents always taught me and my brothers and sisters that we are no better than anyone on this planet and we should show respect and brotherhood to anyone and everyone we come in contact with. I am ever in awe of the simplicity of the core message of the gospel - God lives, he sent his Son to enable each and everyone of us to be better people and one day return to his presence; if we live for it. We've been given intelligence and markers along the path to be able to return to him. I know that to be true.

How I live my faith

I try to do right by everyone I come in contact with. I once heard a saying about how we should teach what we know to be true. It goes, 'teach your children everything you know; if necessary, use words'. Anyway, who we are will ultimately be determined by what we did and how we lived on this earth, rather than by what we said and what our intentions were. I try to do what I know to be right and not interfere with other people's rights, opportunities, and obligations to do the same.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Mark
We consider the family to be the essential building block of a much larger family that is the entire human race. We have common earthly parents in Adam and Eve, and a common spiritual father; God. Show more Show less