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Hi I'm Mark

I grew up in California. I counsel people who are working on overcoming addictions. I know Christ lives. I love being a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and father of 3 sons and 1 daughter. I have a masters degree in marriage and family therapy. Right now I'm an associate marriage and family therapist working on getting my license. If you hadn't already guessed, family is at the center of my life. Astronomy and space science is my passion right behind the gospel and my family. But I like to sing and make things, too. For my 25th anniversary I used cardboard wrapped in aluminum foil to make a "Silver" looking anniversary card. I'm not extroverted but I speak up when there's something important to say or defend. Mostly I'm a great listener. I have ancestors from England and the surrounding areas. There stories bring the past alive which gives me hope in our times. I teach my children about them and I think they're getting how important our ancestors are to us.

Why I am a Mormon

My life as a Christian defines me completely. I'm a Mormon because the Mormon church helps me center my life around Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. My faith is cemented by the scriptures, including The Bible and The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Ongoing prayer gives me guidance throughout the day. That is because we have the Holy Ghost as our constant companion. I would be a wreck without the church. I have real peace and joy that money can't find; peace and joy that are only found in this church. My faith in Christ and his love for me, keep me coming back to him over and over again.

How I live my faith

I'm active in my faith. I've been an instructor, secretary and Group Leader at church and I love putting in time to serve the Lord by serving his children. I'm always happy to share my faith in Jesus Christ with anyone who's interested in talking about it. I also spend time researching my ancestors. The great thing about the church is that we're not paid for our service and that everyone gets a chance to serve in some way. There are no permanent positions, though, except being a father and a mother.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

I like to talk about the purpose of life along with finding meaning. Meaning is found in the small things; for example, the person bagging groceries who smiled at me on the way out of the store. I was having a rough day and that totally lifted my spirits. It was a spirit to spirit connection. That was very meaning-ful. The word "purpose" is about something we get to accomplish. It is usually something that we work on over a period of time. As Mormons we try to see meaning in the day-to-day physical activities, learning, and developing family relationships. Our meaningful experiences, in a way, create a frame for us to fill with the experiences that develop the purpose of our lives. As continue to do this, we learn to become like our Father in Heaven. If we find ourselves too outside of the frame, our faith in Christ leads us to repent and get back to work filling it in with purpose. We work at that because we know family relationships can last forever. Show more Show less