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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the son of an educator and a stay-at-home working mother. Since the 1970’s I have been the husband of one woman, my wife, Julie. Together we have 4 children and more recently 8 grandchildren. I love my family. When our children were quite young I had the blessing of providing for them with careers in the land title and oil/gas industries. For most of the last 26 years I have made my living in the electric utility industry. Among my private interests, I am fascinated by geopolitics, socioeconomics and biographies.

Why I am a Mormon

A convert to the Church during my teenage years, I have learned that Christ’s gospel is the only lasting foundation for happiness in life. While as a young father, my wife and I struggled with the economic pressures of rearing our children while I pursued and earned two college degrees. As an older father I have struggled with the limitations of deteriorating health. There have been countless other challenges. Through all of it I have learned two eternally significant lessons. One: there is no one on earth that does not eventually struggle with life's trials and difficulties. Two: it is not our Heavenly Father’s plan to continually spare us from those difficulties. Rather, He reassures that His arm is sufficient to enable us in working through them. Christ’s Atonement, and our yearning to accept it, will empower us to find joy. His gospel will help us in mortality to transcend from our earthly perspective to an eternal one. Of this I am quite certain and happily content. I cannot answer all of life’s immediate questions. Yet, the longer I live I feel less pressure to do so. I have the peace that “passeth all understanding”. Philippians 4:7

How I live my faith

Surely the grand design is that people serve one another. The results are astounding. This is the attitude I try to embrace when I give myself to the Church or to my community. I know I have the frailty of being human – but I want to be my best self.