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Hi I'm Mark

Born-raised in the Northwestern US. Married to Cyndy. 11 children, past business owner, now PhD student. I'm a Mormon

About Me

Dad showed me how to run and grow a business. Mom played catch with me and went to every sporting event I ever played in. They dropped my 3 sisters and 1 brother and myself off at church every Sunday. I lived next to a park and grew up playing there. Was in the dumb reading group in grade school until 4th grade. I couldn't stop reading after that. Football, basketball and baseball in high school. Played college basketball for one year and college tennis for one year. Editor of Newspaper too. Love polynesia but served LDS Mission in Switzerland. Married my high school sweetheart, Cyndy. Married 38 years. We have 11 children who are all superstars. A girl, a boy, 4 girls and 5 boys. The two youngest are serving LDS missions right now. I worked in the family business, bought the family business with a partner, grew the family business and left the family business, all after 28 years. Decided to get an MS degree at Utah State. Now working on a PhD. We used to make a good income, but now I am a poor college student. I am so blessed that Cyndy would agree to this adventure. After raising 11 children, cooking thousands of meals, traveling with me to all parts of the world, and enduring this challenge as well, I am more in love with her than ever before. (She's still is as cute today as she was in High School) Our children are a never ending source of happiness. Four married, 3 new daughters, one new son in the family. (in-laws). 13 wonderful grandchildren. More happiness to come.

Why I am a Mormon

It's quite simple. I never had an answer to a prayer that I could distinguish until I read the Book of Mormon and asked God if it was true about age 19 or so. I got that answer. I have continued to get answers, pages and pages of them in my journal, and I can say that I know, in a spiritual way of knowing, that God is my Father, Jesus is my Redeemer and Savior, Joseph Smith told the truth about what happened in the Sacred Grove, The Book of Mormon is the word of God. We have a prophet today and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Kingdom of God on earth. There are challenges that I don't feel confident I can overcome, but there is peace to be found in life, and purpose in Christ's gospel and in Christ's church. It seems as if it is all as it should be. Simple.

How I live my faith

While on my mission in Switzerland, I had two wonderful mission Presidents who taught me. The second one and his wife especially because I lived with the family in the mission home for about 3 months. It was there I saw for the first time what an LDS family was like. I saw them praying, singing, laughing, getting disciplined, buying food at the store, pulling pranks on one another, going to church and coming home after church. I took 1000's of mental pictures then, and decided that someday I would have a family like that. I grew up in a great family, with a very supportive father and mother. But I saw, while living with the O'briens in Zuerich Switzerland, that family happiness could be taken to a new level . Cyndy and I have taken the best from our respective families and added what we dreamed was possible, to make this family a small taste of heaven here on earth. Don't pretend everything has always been easy or without challenges. But so far, we are striving to live after "the manner of happiness." Challenges sure, but also "highly favored of the Lord" as Nephi said in the Book of Mormon. We have had chances to serve in the church, have been taught by the prophets and apostles, and learned of God, enjoying the scriptures as a family and as individuals. Now in the fall of our lives, I have come to a desire to follow the Savior as a more devoted disciple than I have been so far. Biggest challenge of my life. It's an all or nothing commitment in lots of ways. With His help...

What is faith?

Faith for me is receiving an assurance from God, through the Holy Ghost that something is so or will be so. Then, even though I can't see it happening that way yet, since I have the assurance of the spirit that it will be so, I can go forward in faith. I have a power in that spiritual assurance of things I haven't yet seen, that keeps me moving forward when it doesn't yet make sense. That is more than belief to me, it's the power of faith in Christ and his messages to me. Show more Show less