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Hi I'm Mark Tylka

I grew up in a small farming community in Ohio. I love flying and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love the mountains and that's why I live in a state with majestic peaks. I love camping in the mountains and enjoy looking at the pristine skies of the night and the unfathomable amounts of stars. I love spending time with my wife and delight in the times that we both spend with our children and grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and maybe in another realm I could be a chef. I love technology and the way that computers and the internet help me learn. I love to travel. Seeing other cultures helps me better understand other people's perspective.

Why I am a Mormon

I make tons of mistakes...but don't we all. Life is about growth. I wasn't raised a Mormon but I chose this path at a very dark hour. Worldly pursuits weren't making sense to me. I need a course correction. Anew friend came into my life and was prepared to share a message. I was prompted to ask him, "Are you a Mormon?" I didn't know any Mormons or ever had. I thought the Mormons were Amish or something like that. My friend taught me some valuable truths that I could not deny. My friend told me about a prophet, Joseph Smith, who lived just about 150 years ago who had an encounter with God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. He learned the nature of God and in time he received additional instruction; more of the "good news," the Gospel through a set of gold plates engraved by ancient inhabitants of the Americas. This was a record of Jesus Christ's interaction with a branch of Israel. I asked, "Can I get these gold plates to read?" My friend answered, "No, but we do have them in book form." The next night my friend brought me a paperback copy of the Book of Mormon. He outlined some powerful passages and I hungered for more. Sensing my desire, my friend asked if I wanted to learn more from some representatives of the church. A few nights later I was exposed to the "Elders." These young men, the same age as me, taught me how to truly pray; not in some mysteriously ritualistic way but in a personal conversation with my Father in Heaven. I went away with the feeling that I just wanted more. How does the Savior love me, a sinner? I wanted to test the tenets of these missionaries' faith, so I memorized their Articles of Faith in one night's time. Those emissaries were astounded that I took the time to learn that God loved me...personally! I believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ bridges a gap, a chasm that I cannot cross on my own; and He rescues me and redeems me. He loves me unconditionally. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I believe that the greatest responsibility on this earth is to be a good father or mother. I'm not the best but I just keep trying. I love to teach. I love to teach not because I get to stand in front of room and talk, but because I learn so much more when I am prepared to teach. As my children grew, I tried to teach them why and how I love the Lord. One of the greatest satisfactions in my life has been being able to serve in the House of the Lord, a Mormon Temple. I believe that we have a loving Father in Heaven who constantly watches over us and guides us. He wants us to be more like him. I cannot explain in short sentences what we do there but it's like a university.