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Hi I'm Mark Calkins

I'm married with four grown children and four grandchildren. I run a team of software developers. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in southern California and lived at the beach surfing whenever I got the chance. After graduating from college, I have worked and lived in Silicon Valley, Colorado and Utah. I enjoy my work with software developers and product managers for high tech companies. I enjoy spending time with my wife, children and grandchildren. I also like reading, great art (especially oil paintings), the mountains, well designed websites, learning new technologies, eating good food and traveling. I spend quite a bit of my free time doing family history and genealogical research.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel strongly that all people are God's children and as such believe that God wants all of his children to enjoy the highest degree of happiness in the eternities -- just like any loving parent would want for his or her children. I can't fathom a God who wants the majority of his children to be damned after this life. Therefore, I have developed a strong faith towards a more universalistic belief. Mormonism is the only religion I have found that answers the question of everyone getting an equal opportunity to gain eternal life. I could find no other belief that offers that. Mormonism helps us understand how all can leverage the Atonement of Jesus Christ to be fully saved and at the same time be given an equal chance to realize that objective. I know without any doubt that God our Father lives and has infinite love and mercy for all his children. I also know that his son, Jesus Christ, paid the ultimate price so that we can have great lives now and beyond. If you are wondering how on earth God can be fair to all his children with equal opportunity for salvation, I highly recommend you take a close look at Mormon's belief in the plan of salvation. You might be surprise how powerful this doctrine is.

How I live my faith

I attend church every week with my wife. I often teach others in church during Sunday School and enjoy that opportunity to share with others. I try to assist others in helping them to do family history research, especially in using familysearch.org. Also every month, one other brother and myself visit a few families in our congregation (or ward as we call it) to make sure they are doing OK, give them a short spiritual message and see how we might be of assistance to them.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Mark Calkins
Mormons believe that we have a dual nature -- both physical and spiritual. After we die, our spirit person is separated from our physical body. We go to a spirit world, where we are given many opportunities to continue to grow. For example, those who have not heard the gospel of Jesus Christ are given the opportunity to hear the gospel and if they accept it can gain the opportunity for eternal life. Those who have heard the gospel help teach others so that they can understand it and accept it. Show more Show less