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Hi I'm Mark

I grew up in California. I like playing and watching sports. I played basketball and football in college. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have four children, 2 boys and 2 girls. I've enjoyed coaching many youth sports teams over the years and now I'm enjoying watching my grandkids play while someone else coaches. I worked for the Juvenile Court System for most of my career. Most of those years were spent helping delinquent boys. I still go to the gym four or five days a week although my team sports days are over.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at the age of 39. I looked into and investigated the church for several years. As I observed and associated with members of the Mormon church I grew to appreciate how they lived their lives and how they were, generally, happy. My brother and I were raised by good parents who taught basic principals necessary to be a good person but no religion. Many of the Mormon teachings rang true to me. The parts that were more challenging to accept ceased to be an issue after I learned about prayer and faith. The emphasis on finding out for myself was especially appreciated. Through reading, studying, interaction with church members, and watching the positive effect involvement with the church was having on my wife and children, I was convinced it was the right decision for me to be baptized.

How I live my faith

I have accepted numerous opportunities to serve within my church. I have worked with the young men through scouting, by teaching lessons on Sunday, and coaching sports teams. I served as a Bishop for a congregation of 500 for five years spending approximately 20 to 30 hours per week overseeing all of the organizations, coordinating Sunday service and counseling with church members. My favorite assignment was teaching the eight year olds in the children's organization of our church.