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Hi I'm Mark Holthe

I'm a lawyer. I live in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada with my wife and four children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in Lethbridge, Alberta with my dear wife and four children ages 6 to 15. I work as a Canadian Immigration Lawyer helping corporations and individuals seeking entry to Canada for business and family purposes. I am the Chapter Chair of the Canadian Bar Associations Immigration Section in the Alberta South Region. When I am not busy working, I also serve as the Bishop of my congregation. Both of these responsibilities requires a significant time commitment each week. However, the most precious time I have, I save for my family. I love spending time outdoors with my wife and children. We enjoy camping, fishing, hiking and biking. We also enjoy spending time with our extended families. Family is paramount in our lives.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a teenager, I was heavily involved in sports. I played many sports in high school and continued on to play volleyball in college as well as high performance athletics. In 1992 I competed in the Canadian Olympic Trials in the high jump event. I loved high jump with a passion. I had plans of continuing on as a collegiate athlete and had dreams of one day competing in the Olympics for Canada. At this same period in my life, I was faced with the decision of whether or not to serve a mission for the church. As a young man with big dreams, it was difficult for me to imagine leaving my home to travel to a foreign country for two years to teach people about the Gospel while leaving a very promising track and field career behind me. Ultimately, I chose to leave my track shoes behind to serve a full time mission for my church in Portugal. I felt that the Lord had done so very much for me and my family, this was one way that I could try to repay Him for all of the amazing opportunities he had given me as a young man. This was the best decision I could have ever made. Through serving an honorable full time mission, I was blessed in ways that I could have never imagined. Aside from the tremendous life skills, public speaking experience, and learning a new language, I gained a sure knowledge that God really does live. That His son Jesus Christ really is the Saviour of the world, and that I am a child of God. I learned that He has a plan for me and that if I do my best to keep the commandments, to love my family, and serve the people around me, I will be able to make it back to live with Him again - together with my family.....forever. Everything good in my life has come because of my faith. I am proud to be a Mormon. It has changed my life forever. I know that it has the power to do the same for you as well.

How I live my faith

As Bishop of my congregation (we call it a Ward), my whole purpose is to serve the members of my ward in whatever way they may require. Our Ward has approximately 380 members. I oversee all matters related to a busy Christian congregation. I provide counsel and direction to members in difficult times. I provide assistance both temporally and spiritually when people are struggling. I meet with my counselors to discuss the various needs of the ward, its members, as well as planning the Sunday meeting schedule and oversee the selection of members for the many callings (positions) that need to be filled in order to ensure the ward functions effectively in meeting the needs of the members. The most rewarding aspect of my calling is the privilege of seeing peoples lives change for the better as they develop a personal testimony of the atonement of the Saviour Jesus Christ. There is nothing more precious than to see someone turn their life around through the repentance process. Literally nothing can compare with the transformation that occurs when an individual struggling in sin turns themselves over to the Saviour and allows the atonement to take full effect in their lives. It is as if they become a whole new person. I consider it a choice privilege to guide my members through the beautiful repentance process.