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Hi I'm Mark

I've lived in Maryland, Massachusetts, Russia, Texas, and England. I'm a husband and father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have more interests than I have time to pursue them all! My education is in Russian Literature and Mathematics, and I still love to read and do math. More recently, my interests have turned to computer programming and software development. I enjoy many sports, either as a competitor or spectator, but my first sporting love is rowing--as an athlete, spectator, or coach. I hope that I can share my interests with my children as they grow, and that they will find things that fascinate them, and share those things with me.

Why I am a Mormon

I love going to church, where I worship with people of all ages and from all walks of life; I love the fact that sometimes the only things we have in common are our shared faith in Jesus Christ and testimony of the restored Gospel, but we can worship together, learn from each other, and help and serve each other. My parents are both members of the church. When I was young, I learned by listening to what they said and following the example that they set. I was a shy young man, but my father would take me to visit other people from our congregation and encouraged me to speak and share when we visited them. By expressing myself on those visits, I came to understand more of what I thought and felt. I attended a small college where there were hardly any people that shared my faith. It would have been easy to stop attending church at that time and focus on my studies, but I made a conscious decision to follow what I felt was right and do whatever was necessary to attend church every week--a goal that a wonderful family living nearby helped me to achieve. At the end of my first year in college, I had to make an important decision about what I would do that summer, so I found a secluded area and said a special prayer. After that prayer, I felt more than I ever had before that Heavenly Father cared about me, wanted me to make the right decision, and would help me to choose the right path. I have felt that kind of peaceful feeling at other times also, and it is a feeling I want to have in my life as often as possible.

How I live my faith

Above all else, I share my faith sith my family; my wife and I try to teach our children the Gospel of Jesus Christ by reading the scriptures with them, talking about what is right and wrong, and having Family Home Evening every Monday. In my local congregation, I help the full-time missionaries in our area to coordinate their efforts with the local members. In the past, I have been a Den leader for Cub Scouts, Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scouts, and a Sunday School teacher. I really enjoy teaching children and teenagers practical lessons, like the ones they learn for their Scout advancements, in addition to spiritual topics.