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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a young scientist. I joined the Church when I was 18. It is the best decision I've ever made in my life.

About Me

I'm a young biochemist working in a laboratory at Duke University. I was baptized into the Church when I was 18, and then served a mission for the Church when I was 21. I moved to Utah from the Philippines when I was 25, and I consider it my second home. Utah's geography reflects the grandeur of God! It is beautiful! I moved to North Carolina when I finished school in Utah, and realized that wherever I went, I could feel close to God and his gospel. Aside from biochemistry which is my life's work, I am interested in many things - among them paleontology, astronomy, geology and anthropology as they make me marvel at how we and the place we live in are wonderfully and fearfully made!

Why I am a Mormon

I converted to Mormonism when I learned about the Book of Mormon and other doctrines and teachings of the Church. I was 18 when I first asked questions about the meaning of life and where I was going after I die. It was in the Mormon Church that I found the answers to my questions, and as I kept attending Church, God's plan unfolded before my eyes. It was a simple plan, and all the doctrines of the Church made sense to me. As I matured into the Church and applied principles taught in Sunday School, my life changed for the better, and I'm glad I made the decision to live my life as a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Living a Mormon life is very simple because the gospel, really, is very simple. Jesus Christ taught the two most important commandments, and those two are ones that I strive to live each day wherever I am. The first one is to love God and the second one is to love my neighbor. I live my faith by striving to be the best Christian that I could be by being nice and loving to everyone and treating them the way I would like to be treated. I try to obey God's commandments to the best of my abilities, and I take pleasure in serving in and out of the Church. The Gospel way of life is 'other-centered', and living this way is really the only way to infuse one's life with happiness. This is not to say that living the Gospel prevents us from loving ourselves - it is the other way around. As I learn that I am a child of God, I realize that there is something good and divine in me, and that I can accomplish many good things. This gives me a sense of personal worth that nothing can erase.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Mark
Every person is a child of God, regardless of sexual orientation. God loves all of his children, including gays and lesbians. As God's instrument on earth, The Church loves and accepts all people, including homosexuals. They are not prevented in any way from giving meaningful service in the Church, and their talents and presence in the Church are valued equally as those of 'straight' members. The Church's standard on morality is the same whether you are gay or straight. The Church also teaches that marriage between man and a woman is ordained of God. Marriage has always been between a man and woman, and this definition will never change, at least in the government of God. Certainly this appears unfair to those who are gay and do not share this view. They may argue that their being gay is innate, that it is not their choice to become gay, and thus should be allowed to marry as straight people are in order to be fair and equal to all. I do not know the answer to all things, but I know that life itself is a period of testing, and is not necessarily nor intended to be fair to everyone. Each circumstance that we find ourselves in this life is a precious gift from which we can learn and grow. However, the Atonement of Christ will someday balance all things. All that is seemingly unfair in this earthly realm will be made right, and our homosexual brothers and sisters will receive their reward if they are faithful to Christ. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Mark
Everything around us testifies of a God who created all things. The complexity of life points toward an Intelligent Being who designed it, organized it and brought it to existence. The probability that everything around us may have arisen by mere chance is infinitely small, and the idea of a Supreme Creator is the only one that can make sense of all the beauty and complexity of nature including ourselves. And yet, these still do not prove the existence of God in the same sense that scientific concepts are proven. It is really impossible to prove the existence of God in the same, logical way used in science (the scientific method). That is why we say that we believe that there is a God, even if we have not seen him - this is called faith. I have not personally seen God, but my inner self tells me that he exists. Ultimately, it comes down to individual choice. We decide based on what we see and feel, on what the surroundings tell us, whether to believe that God exists or not. I choose to believe that there is a God, and this choice is one of my most important freedoms. Show more Show less