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Hi I'm Mark

I grew up in a sub-urb of Seattle. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I've tried a lot of things--Tennis, Basketball, Fencing, you name it and I've probably tried my hand at it. I never really stuck to any of those things with a couple notable exceptions. When I was in 10th grade I decided that I would give my school's rifle team a go and found something that I really loved to do. I stuck with it until I went to college a few years later and did well enough to earn an invitation to the Junior Olympics in my class.

Why I am a Mormon

On the outside, I've always been a Mormon. Not so much on the inside. There was a period of a few years in my life when I wasn't certain what my place was in life and even if my Father in Heaven cared that I was here. I never doubted that there was a God--everything I saw and felt told me that He was there--but I didn't know if that mattered. I lived in that frame of mind for a long time and all the while there was a pressure starting to build up in my heart. At the end of those years of spiritual darkness I couldn't take it anymore; I was sick of wondering and I had to know one way or the other. So I made it the subject of a lot of thought and prayer. I figured that God wouldn't lie to me; either He doesn't care and so wouldn't bother telling me what to do or He does and would respond. My answer didn't come over night--it came over a few months of thoughtful study of the scriptures, living the doctrine they contain, and sincere prayer. But it did come and now not only do I know that God does, in fact, love me and care about who I am but I know that this church is the way that He has laid out for all of us to return to him. That answer changed my life and has set me on a path of living that I know will bring me back to him and in the end that is the only achievement that matters.

How I live my faith

Currently I live my faith by telling everyone I meet about it. I'm a full-time missionary--one of the men in suits and ties who offer to share the joy that we have personally found in our faith. There is something really special about what we do and I have never felt the Holy Spirit as much as I have during this time. I know that everyone around me is a child of God and the trust that He has shown in me by calling me to help bring His children back to him is incredible. Sometimes I don't know if I'm equal to that task but a combination of prayer and answers to those prayers has helped me stay strong and has given me the strength to tell people what I know without fear of what they will say to me. And it is so worth it; I live for the moments when I see in a person's eyes that something I have said has made them think and the Spirit tells them that this Gospel is true. I have never felt greater joy than I have when people that I have worked with, prayed with, and loved tell me that they have received their answer and that they know that this is what God wants for them.