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Hi I'm Mark Swift

I grew up in Canada. Live in Florida. I am a Father, a corporate Trainer, I love computers, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

My favorite things to do include martial arts, community theater, video games, ultimate Frisbee, and watching movies. I have 3 beautiful daughters and a lovely Wife who take priority over all my hobbies. Whenever I get the time and/or money to spend a little on myself, I'm always investing in technology. I can't even describe how many gadgets and toys fill my home and office. I love automating my home and my life for work and for fun. I really get excited about the latest thing being release in the software/hardware/game arenas and I try to balance that passion for my commitment to be a good Father and Husband.

Why I am a Mormon

My membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has become very important over the past 8-10 years. I grew up in the church but had a time of inactivity when it wasn't very front and center in my life. When I met my Wife and realized that we were going to be having a family of our own it became increasingly important that I find out where I belonged. I didn't want my children to grow up not knowing about Heavenly Father or their Savior - Jesus Christ - and I was concerned that I would interfere with their own journey to adulthood if I couldn't be a good example. I started attending my local church at that time and my Wife (while not a member) joined me happily. It took some time and some adjustment, I was disturbed to discover that some of my habits were more binding than I would have imagined. However, the members there were very nice and the Bishop was wonderful. He patiently worked with me to help me weed out anything that was getting in my way of feeling free and after about 1 year I was on top of the world. Soon after that we moved and the new folks we met were just as wonderful. I have learned a lot over the past 10 years and I have studied and prayed diligently to know the truth of many things. Some of those things I took for granted growing up in the church but I can honestly say that I know many things now, with complete certainty, that I didn't know before I made the effort. Through prayer and study of scripture I have come to know that Jesus Christ lives. That, he is my Savior... my personal Savior and that he knows me individually and cares about me. I know that my Heavenly Father has a plan for me and has watched over me for years - even when I was distant. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I have read it's pages many times and each time I receive that witness from the Holy Spirit of God. I know we have a Prophet at the head of our church today who is a good man, a man of God, and he leads with power from heaven.

How I live my faith

My role at church is one of leadership. I am serving as a counselor to our Bishop and do what I am assigned to help him manage the needs of the members in my area. I feel overwhelmed sometimes with all the opportunity that is before us every single week but I also feel richly blessed to be trusted with such a responsibility. My specific assignments place me as the liaison with the Youth programs of the Ward and I coordinate and assist the Youth leaders to provide meaningful and fun activities for the 12-18 year old boys & girls. I represent their needs in many ways and check in with all levels of leaders and in every program that the church offers to ensure things are running smoothly. Fortunately, we have excellent leaders within each program so it's been a real pleasure. I also have families that I am assigned to home teach. The hometeaching role is one that also serves the Bishop but it does so in a very different way. Each family is assigned someone to "watch over them" and our mandate is to visit once each month. That visit is a brief friendly drop-in to reassure that everyone is important in our church community and to fulfill any needs that are brought forward. My responsibility in this assignment is to simply be the front line of defense in case of any need that may arise and to take care of that need as best I can and/or bring it to the attention of the appropriate leader so they can get involved to assist. For example, I have replaced 3 dozen roofs on homes in our community and helped countless families pack up their belongings, drive to a new home, and unload. I am thankful for the opportunity this calling provides me to be needed from time to time and to offer service to my friends.

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Mark Swift
I study leadership, I teach leadership, and as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I've had an opportunity to serve others as a leader. The Quorum of the 12 Apostles provide leadership to the entire church. While they are serving in the same capacity as the original Apostles did (those selected by Christ) they are responsible for the ministering to the world, witnessing of Christ, and helping to lead regions of the globe. As in ancient times, these full-time servants of the Lord travel the world and uplift the church in a very direct way. They minister, teach, and coordinate with people on a very large scale. It reminds me of the epistles written by Paul and other Apostles in the Bible. Those were letters of encouragement, correction, and teaching doctrine to help followers of Christ stay true to the faith. These modern-day Apostles fill that same role, not to replace anyone who came before, but to provide that coordinating influence to the members around the world and to help uplift anyone in need. Listening to the Apostles speak during General Conference is a highlight of my year as I always find their messages enlightening, uplifting, and very Christ-centered. Show more Show less