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Hi I'm Mark

I grew up in Las Vegas. I love fishing, golf and playing the accordion, I'm an IT guy and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in Las Vegas and learned to play the accordion which I still like to play. I am married to a wonderful woman and we have been blessed with a son and daughter. They are both married and have blessed us with 8 wonderful grandchildren (2 boys, 6 girls ages infant to 9 years old). I worked for a friend on a sheep and cattle ranch in the mountains while I was a teenager and love to go back and work/visit whenever I can. I spent two years as a missionary in Ireland and love to share the joy I have experienced as a disciple of Jesus Christ with others. I studied business in college and now work in IT as a business/systems analyst. We've been blessed to live in many areas of the country and have learned to love each place we lived. I attended Boy Scouts of America Wood Badge training, earned my beads and am a proud member of the fox patrol. I love to play golf, fish, camp, go bird watching with my wife and grow a vegetable garden in my free time. I have had a lot of fun taking my colleagues with me when I camp and go fishing. I love the holy land and the people who live there and have had the opportunity to go and visit 3 times. During my first visit we were privileged to tour the sacred sites in the holy land where my favorite place was the garden tomb in Jerusalem. On the second visit, my son and I participated in an archeology dig at a place called EnGedi on the Dead Sea. Our third visit was 15 years later when we went to visit our son and his family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church and went to church each week with my family. In spite of this, I didn't have a personal testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true and the church of our Savior until after I graduated from high school. I was tempted and did some things I had been taught not to do. I was invited to an interview with my bishop who spoke to me about preparing to serve as a missionary. Serving as a missionary would require changes in my behavior and I had to know it was right before I was willing to change. My bishop asked me to read "The Miracle of Forgiveness" by Spencer W Kimball, a modern day prophet. I read it, I prayed and decided to repent of my sins. This process helped me to know for myself that the Church was true. I felt the marvelous joy that comes to one who has repented of his sins and received the grace and forgiveness of my Savior Jesus Christ. Since that time, I have been fully committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ. I experience peace and great joy in my life as I strive to live the gospel in my life. I feel his spirit as I pray, read scriptures, obey the commandments and serve and love others. Some of my greatest spiritual experiences came when I had the privilege as a bishop to love and serve those who had suffered the loss of a loved one. The Lord is very near when people leave this life and it was my privilege to help bring the peace that only our Savior can provide during times of great loss.

How I live my faith

I pray and read the scriptures each day personally and with my wife. I love to pray and read scriptures and feel a personal relationship with Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ. I try to love and serve those I come in contact with each day. I served a 2 year full-time mission (60-70 hours a week) in Ireland as a young man and learned to love and serve the people of Ireland. Since my mission, I served as a leader among the men in a priesthood quorum, served the young men in scouting, playing the piano and speaking in our Sunday worship services when invited. I currently serve as a "high councilor" where I am assigned to work with and advise the leaders of a local congregation and the young men leaders for 11 congregations. I also speak in our Sunday worship services about 8 times a year. I feel the Lord's presence and direction in both preparing and delivering my talk. Serving for 5 years as a bishop of a congregation of about 400 members stretched me to the limit of my personal abilities and I was blessed abundantly with the grace of our Savior in my service. I often reflected how grateful I was for the Savior's grace as I was inadequate of myself to do what needed to be done. I worked full time and usually spent 20-30 hours a week in my service as I counseled with members, presided over weekly worship services, and gave direction to the leaders called to lead the organizations which served the men, women, young men, young women and children in our congregation.