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Hi I'm Mark

I am English, I enjoy my family and sport, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an IT professional. I enjoy football, weightlifting, mountain biking, walking and climbing. I enjoy charity challenges, for example one of hardest being climbing 24 mountains in the lake district inside 24 hours. Other examples being coast to coast cycle rides in less than 24 hours. With a group of friends we do something different each year to raise money for local charities. Together we've raised over £50,000 in the last 4 years. Most of all I enjoy spending time with my wife and five children.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up christened in to the Church of England. I was never a regular church attendee whilst young, my family weren't particularly religious, but I did have experiences that prompted me to ask questions about the purpose of life. Around the age of 13-14 I attended a number of services periodically. I would ask ministers in the Church of England questions. They were good men, but they couldn't answer my questions. A year or so later I met a couple of friends who were Mormons. I had never heard of Mormons. I learned that the title of Mormon is misleading. The church is called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was at their services that I was able to listen carefully and learn, and receive the answers to my questions, and feel at peace. I learned that I am a child of God. I have a Heavenly Father who loves me. I have a brother in Jesus Christ who is also my saviour, who died and was resurrected to allow all men and women to live again after our life here on the earth, and who in the garden of Gethsemane atoned for our sins to allow all men and women the opportunity to be forgiven of any sins or mistakes and ultimately return and live with our Heavenly Father again, and to do so with our family that we create, grow and nurture during our time here on earth. I believe in a God who will not allow for us to spend a life time with people who are our friends and family through the hard times and the good, to develop in love for one another, only for it to end after we die on this earth. Instead the God I believe in provides a way. He did so through his son Jesus Christ, his atonement and his resurrection. For this reason alone I strive to live my life in a way that will allow me to achieve those goals.

How I live my faith

I set time aside to read my scriptures and pray daily. These experiences are very personal and not for showcasing, but are important to me to develop my faith and strength and to help me personally, and to set a good example to my children, to live a good life. Within the church I serve in voluntary capacities. I help others through teaching, speaking, organising meetings, training, presenting, interviewing, meeting with people in their homes, encouraging faith and activity ... it's a colourful life and something that I am very grateful for having such opportunities. Above all I live my life each day in a way to exemplify my saviour Jesus Christ.