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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I married my best friend 6 years ago, and we have two beautiful girls, age 4 and 2. I recently graduated from medical school and will spend the next 5 years as a resident physician in Radiology. I will read anything worthwhile, but I especially love to read history and literary “classics.” Tolstoy and Dickens are favorites of mine. I am passionate about classical music, but I have a wide variety of musical interests. I am a sometime marathon-runner, but I think half-marathons are way more fun. I consider myself a political independent, but I lean left. I’m passionate about the need to provide adequate, affordable healthcare to everyone who needs it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of the church by parents who taught me well and set a good example for me. Nevertheless, though I went through the motions of being Mormon, in my early teenage years I was apathetic about the church. During my junior year of high school our seminary class began studying the Old Testament. It was probably just curiosity that motivated me to do the assigned readings, but I remember being compelled by the stories, and thinking, “Could this really be true?” And for the first time it occurred to me that I didn’t really know if ANY of the things I’d been taught as a child were true. I knew I needed to find out, and so I picked up the Book of Mormon and started reading. As I read over the next several weeks, I remembered the promise contained in the last chapter of the Book of Mormon, that if I prayed asking Heavenly Father if it was true, he would tell me by the power of the Holy Ghost. And so, as I neared the end, I started asking God if the Book of Mormon was true. One evening, as I sat in my room reading, thinking about nothing in particular, I suddenly felt an inexplicable joy well up inside me. It was like nothing I had ever felt before and it made me want to laugh out loud. I knew, in that moment, that the Book of Mormon was true, and I knew that fact was the source of my joy. God had truly answered my prayers in a way I could not doubt. Clichéd though it may sound, that experience changed my life. Knowing the Book of Mormon was true, I also knew that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, that he restored Christ’s true church to the earth, and most importantly, that Heavenly Father was real and that He was aware of me. This knowledge has given me strength to change, has brought me peace, helped me through difficult times, and guided me to everything good I have in my life. I am far from perfect, but I know I have a loving Heavenly Father who gave his only Son so I can repent and one day return to live with Him.

How I live my faith

Currently I am a local missionary, helping the full-time missionaries. Though medical school has kept me busy, I have had the opportunity to regularly teach the Sunday School class for new members. It has been a great opportunity for me to re-visit the basic principles of the gospel and realize you can never know enough about things like faith, repentance, and prayer. I also visit several families in my congregation once a month to say hello and share a brief gospel message. This has been a great opportunity to get to know people and hear other perspectives and experiences. I find discussing the gospel with other church members, whether during Sunday meetings, in people's homes or elsewhere, teaches me new things and inspires me to try harder and do better. Serving in the church has truly been a blessing!