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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a musician, work in the K12 industry, and have 16 grandkids. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been singing and playing musical instruments since the age of 5. In school, singing and performing on stage was my passion. So much so that I was named the Sterling Scholar in Music for my high school. I received college scholarships in music and graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. Prior to that, though, two important things happened: 1) I served a two-year LDS mission to London, England; and 2) I married the girl of my dreams in the Salt Lake Temple. After graduation I attended the Manhattan School of Music where I studied Opera Performance in their Master's Program. It was during these wonderful college years that our 4 beautiful children were born; two boys and two girls. After 5 years living in New York City we returned to Utah where I began a career in sales and marketing in the technology sector. I also spent the next 10 years as a member of the Utah Opera Company. In 1996 I joined the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and had the wonderful blessing of touring Europe with the choir in 1998. Today I am Executive VP of a technology company and spend as much time as I can with my wife, our four children, and our 16 beautiful grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a wonderful family with deep roots in the Mormon church. Many of my ancestors, on both sides of my family, were pioneers who came into the valley of the Great Salt Lake with the first Mormon settlers. In fact, my great-great-grandfather was the first mayor of Salt Lake City. I am blessed to come from such dedicated and faithful stock. But I am a Mormon because I have gained for myself an unshakable testimony of the truthfulness of this church. As a young boy I was taught by loving parents the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and I trusted them and felt it was true. As a junior high school student I remember reading the Book of Mormon for the first time and feeling of its power. And as a 19 year-old missionary I studied the Gospel deeply and came to know for myself that the things I believed were indeed true. Over the years my testimony has never faltered, in spite of mistakes or poor choices along the way. The organization of the church has provided me with consistent opportunities to serve and to learn from the teachings and examples of others. Plus the Gospel of Christ has given me the means and the opportunities to repent and feel of the Savior's redeeming power. I have experienced God's hand in my life far too many times to ever doubt his presence or question the truths of the Gospel.

How I live my faith

I have had many different callings over the years, many of which called upon my musical background and training. I have served as an organist and choir director since turning 12 years old. I was recently called as the Bishop of a Young Single Adult Ward in Provo. During a Sunday sacrament service last Christmas my wife leaned over and asked me, "When was the last time you have not been either leading the choir for or performing in a church Christmas program?" I had to think about that a minute before realizing that it had been at least 40 years! Oh how I have loved those experiences. And how blessed I have been to receive talents and training from my Heavenly Father that have made those experiences possible. Some truly memorable experiences occurred while I was a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. But some of the most cherished spiritual blessings came while I directed the small ward choir in a congregation with members facing dire economical and emotional challenges. It was in these moments that I truly felt (and heard) the presence of angels.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

I have held many different positions in the Church throughout my life and have been deeply blessed by serving. I currently serve as the bishop of a Young Single Adult ward, comprised mostly of students attending BYU. I did not aspire to serve in this calling but was willing to accept the call and serve in the best way I can. I am certain that there are others more capable than I who could serve in this position but I also know that the Lord qualifies those he calls and that, if I remain humble and worthy to serve, He can work through me to make a positive impact on the young people I serve. After I have served for a season, someone else will be called to take my place and I will return to my home ward and have additional opportunities to serve in other areas. Show more Show less