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Hi I'm Mark

I grew up in Idaho. I served a mission in Barcelona. I am married, I have two kids. I play in the NFL. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I love to watch movies. I have several movies memorized word for word in their entirety. Before I realized how small everyone in Hollywood is I had wanted to be an actor but I was also very big for my age and was encouraged to develop my athletic skills. So I did and became eventually got a scholarship to play football for the University of Oregon. I was also offered a scholarship to BYU. So many people feel like BYU is the only choice for LDS kids when it comes to a higher education but just as those who say going to BYU changed their lives, not going to BYU changed mine. I was blessed with opportunities to share the gospel on a daily basis while playing for the Ducks as well as meeting my beautiful wife at the university's singles ward and made many life long friends who shared my same beliefs even though I was not at "the Mormon University". I was also able to be a part of the revolution of the game of football that the University of Oregon created from 2007-2011 by playing the game faster than it had ever been played. I played in two Rose Bowls and a National Championship game and was part of the first Ducks team to win a Rose Bowl in almost 100 years. I got drafted in the 2012 NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills. I have also played for the Minnesota Vikings and now play for the Jacksonville Jaguars. I have two daughters who along with my wife make up my personal cheerleader section. And we still go to the movies as often as we can.

Why I am a Mormon

The Bible and the Book of Mormon both talk about Gifts of the Spirit. I strongly believe that I have been blessed with the gift to believe the words of those who speak the truth. The Gospel Jesus Christ has always made sense to me and the connection between that gospel and everything in my life and everyone in the world is remarkable to me. Because of my athletic talent that I have been blessed with I've felt that it was my responsibility to take care of my body and the promise from the Lord that if we keep out bodies clean from drugs, alcohol and moral sin we will be able to run and not be weary, walk and not faint, as well as have a clear and strong mind which I knew I would need if I would ever achieve my goal of playing professional sports someday. As I've learned about the millions of problems that follow athletes in the NFL, I'm even more grateful that the gospel has helped me form a life that is not complicated with unnecessary stress or burdens from sin. I love the Savior and the care and attention I've felt in my life from him and the ability to share the gospel by the way I live and the possibility to help others.

How I live my faith

In my ward I am the president of the elders quorum, which is a group that consists of all the men age 18 years old and up, basically. I help organize their efforts to visit all members of our ward in their homes to be able to see that the families of our ward have their needs met and are able to come to church on Sunday as well as encourage each family that within their homes there is a spirit of peace and devotion to the Savior Jesus Christ. One of my favorite calling was when I was first married to my wife and we were the teachers of the 3 and 4 year old children called "sunbeams". This was one of my favorites because for one I got to work with my wife and two that age group of children was so much fun because of their exact answers and the matter of fact way that they would answer questions that they thought they knew. During football season when I'm not able to attend the church meetings on Sunday I still try to have as normal of day as possible. When I was with the Vikings I would get together with two other guys who were Mormons and we would have a small lesson and spiritual thought. We also would get permission to bless and partake of our own Sacrament in one of our rooms at the hotel. It was always very nice to take time out for the Lord before I would go to the stadium to get ready for games. I don't know if it is because it is a Sunday or if my years of playing the game have made me this way but I am continually praying for myself, my teammates, my wife and kids in the stands or at home, and the other team that all will be safe and that everyone will be able to be successful and feel good about the game they play today and that the talents the Lord has blessed me with and my teammates with will honor him by the way we conduct ourselves. One of my favorite "art projects" I've ever seen was a cross stitch pillow that said, "Let's meet at my house on Sunday before the game. -God."