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Hi I'm Mark Bitton

I’m a Husband, Father of 6, Director of Rehab, Physical Therapist, I speak Mandarin Chinese, and I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived in Utah nearly all my life and I love it here. In Utah you get great variety in seasons and scenery. I have traveled to some wonderful, even exotic places, but Utah still feels like home. But if I were to live anywhere else in the world, it would be in the Orient. I lived in Taiwan for 2 years and have recently traveled to South Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong, and Thailand. I would call the Orient my “home away from home.” I love the people, I love the cultures, I love the rich histories, and I love how I feel when I am there. I have been a Physical Therapist for 18 years and enjoy working mainly with the elderly or geriatric patients. They have truly enriched my life. I have also managed on many levels during my career. So to enhance my management experience, I recently returned to school and earn my Executive MBA from Brigham Young University. It was incredibly challenging but also very rewarding. My life is really all about my wife and children. They are what I live for. They keep me going when times are tough and they are where I find my greatest joys. My wife and I have been married for over 20 years and we have 6 children ranging from 15 years to under 1 year old. We enjoy taking vacations together, going on day trips, having cookouts, playing at the park, going for a walks, having movie nights at home, and even working together in the yard. Most of my time outside of work is spent with my family; and I can’t think of anything I would rather do.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up I observed people of all faiths who really lived their religion; and I saw others who professed to believe one thing, but choose to live a life different from their standards. I decided early on that whatever teachings or principles I chose to embrace in life; I would strive to live them with all of my heart. When it came to religion, I could have followed many different paths. I could clearly see much good in many different religions. But I don’t believe you can just choose any path in life and expect to be reunited with God. I felt strongly that if there was one God, then there had to be one true way back to Him. And it was my responsibility in life to find that “one way.” I also knew if there was a God, He would know the truth, and He would help me find it. So I read, I studied, I pondered, I prayed and I fasted to know the truth. After reading the Bible multiple times I knew that Jesus Christ was not just the Savior of the world, but He was also my personal Savior. Yet with so many different Christian religions and their differing practices and interpretations of the Bible, I felt I still had some searching to do. So I read and then re-read the Book of Mormon. And each time I read it, I felt closer to God and Jesus Christ. I felt their sincere love for me. I felt Them communicate with me through the Holy Spirit. And I felt this unmistakable desire to follow Christ and His Gospel. So that is what I did, and I haven’t looked back since. I am a Mormon because I know (independent from anyone else) that: God lives; Jesus is the Christ; God the Father and Christ appeared to Joseph Smith; the Book of Mormon is the word of God; the authority to act in God’s name has been restored to the earth; God still speaks to us through living prophets and apostles today; and families can truly be together forever. I am a Mormon because all of this (and so much more) is true. I know it. I know God knows I know it, and I could never deny it.

How I live my faith

I try very hard to be a disciple and true follower of Jesus Christ. To me, being a disciple of Christ means I sincerely try to be Christlike in what I say and do and how I treat people. It also means that I am the same person whether I am at home, at work, at church, or with friends. I don’t change or lower my standards depending on the situation. This doesn’t mean I am perfect; in fact I make mistakes all the time. But every day I honestly strive to act and think in a way that reflects my feelings about my Savior. I have a strong belief in the reality and the redemptive power of the Atonement of Christ; and I try to actively draw upon this power daily. One way I do this is by partaking of the bread and water of the sacrament (similar to communion) every week at church. The sacrament reminds me of Christ’s suffering in Gethsemane and his Crucifixion on Calvary. And each Sunday, I re-commit myself to draw upon His atoning blood to help me: repent and overcome my sins, endure the trials of this life, and strengthen me to keep God’s commandments. My family is most important to me; and I believe family is most important to our Heavenly Father as well. We are all His children and He is the one who placed us in families to love and help and teach each other. So even though there are plenty of challenges raising a family in this world, I try to keep my eyes focused on eternity. In other words, I weigh every decision I make and consider how it will affect my family's present and future happiness. I know that if I watch over my family the way God wants me to, then I will have the opportunity to be with them again when we leave this world.